January 30, 2012

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Ryley Carlock Gets New Denver Office Space, Moves to Wells Fargo Center

The Denver office of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite and its 41 attorneys and staff will move January 30 to the Wells Fargo Center at 1700 Lincoln, the firm announced today. It will take the entire 35th floor of the "cash register building," the third-tallest building in Denver. Last June, Ryley Carlock nearly doubled its size with the addition of a dozen attorneys, 10 of them partners, from Isaacson Rosenbaum, a 50-year-old law firm. The increase in numbers of attorneys which required more office and meeting space was just one reason for the move to the Wells Fargo Center according to Brian Nazarenus, managing shareholder for the Denver office.

"The economic landscape is improving, and the legal landscape is changing. Both favor our platform," said Nazarenus. "Although the regional economy is well below the peak performances of 2006 and 2007, we are seeing job trend improvement in Denver, healthy relocation of business to the Rocky Mountain region and growth in key sectors, including energy, financial services and information technology. This positive economic shift will position us for growth as we take on more assignments from new and existing clients and continue to build a solid regional law firm," he said. "For those in a growth mode, this is a time of tremendous opportunity."

"This move underscores our commitment to Denver and our focus on the people and businesses in the West," said Rodolfo (Rudy) Parga Jr., Ryley Carlock managing partner.

According to Parga, many of the law firm's practice areas are areas of strong growth in the Rocky Mountain region, including corporate and securities, water resources, environmental law, intellectual property and litigation. He sees growth potential for real estate as it regains its footing in the region.

The move follows a four-month modification and build-out of the 26,000 square foot space that will include more open areas, conference rooms and gathering spaces designed to accommodate the work of attorneys and clients and provide an unrestricted and friendly feel.

"We are delighted to be in a high-profile building in the heart of Denver. The building itself is iconic; people recognize it for its unique shape," said Parga.

Ryley Carlock has earned high-level ratings for the firm, its attorneys and practice group in Denver from Chambers and Partners, US News and World Report's Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms® and from Colorado Super Lawyers®. Three of those practice areas are Corporate & Securities, Real Estate and Water, Energy & the Environment.

Corporate & Securities - Chambers and Partners calls Ryley Carlock & Applewhite's corporate practice attorneys "incredibly experienced and trusted." From entering into a contract, forming a corporation, defining partner rights and relationships, or protecting valuable intangible assets, Ryley Carlock attorneys provide fully integrated solutions. Colorado corporate lawyers serve companies of all sizes, representing public and private companies, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs. Attorneys at Ryley Carlock provide valuable counsel and services on entity formation and governance; finance, securities and private equity; intellectual property and data privacy; and corporate transactions.

Real Estate - For nearly six decades and from coast to coast, the attorneys at Ryley Carlock have been involved in all of aspects of real estate development and transactions for property owners, developers, tenants, lenders and investors. Scores of Colorado signature developments have been managed by attorneys working at Ryley Carlock including the Tabor Center, the Ritz-Carlton Denver, Denver Pavilions, Manville Plaza, Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Trinity Place, Dominion Plaza and a host of others.

Water, Energy & the Environment - National and regional companies that focus on natural resources and the environment turn to Ryley Carlock & Applewhite for expertise in water rights, energy transmission facilities, mines, and environmental compliance. As one example of the scope of expertise of RCA attorneys in this area, in 2011, the Obama administration granted rapid approval to SunZia Transmission, LLC, for a major electric transmission project that will bring power to customers in New Mexico and Arizona. SunZia has been a client of Denver attorneys since 2008. Specifically, Ryley Carlock is NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) counsel heading up the SunZia permitting team.