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George Hopfenbeck

Senior of Counsel (Retired)

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George M. Hopfenbeck, Jr. is senior of counsel in the Real Estate Group of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. He joined the firm in 1954 and has practiced real estate, oil and gas, and business law since that time. Mr. Hopfenbeck currently concentrates his energies on the real estate sector, representing real estate developers, investors, and lenders. He has extensive experience in acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and disposition of real estate, including improved and unimproved land and income and business properties. Mr. Hopfenbeck has formed and advised partnerships, joint ventures, and corporations regarding acquisition, development, and holding real estate investments and is knowledgeable about the application of federal tax laws and federal and state securities laws and regulations to real estate activities. He was lead counsel in developing two major real estate projects in Colorado: Highlands Ranch, a “new town” residential, commercial, and industrial development on 22,000 acres in Douglas County, and, during the first 10 years of its development, the Snowmass Resort area near Aspen.

Mr. Hopfenbeck was an original member of the Colorado State Personnel Board following its creation by Constitutional amendment in 1970, serving as a member (1971-1975) and as its first chairman (1971-1972).

Mr. Hopfenbeck has been active for many years with the American Cancer Society, Colorado Division, Inc., serving as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee since 1966 and serving terms as treasurer, vice chairman of the Board, and chairman of the Board. In 1982, he received the American Cancer Society National Divisional Award for Service. As an outgrowth of his work with the American Cancer Society, Mr. Hopfenbeck was a founder and incorporator of the Colorado Regional Cancer Center, serving on its Board of Directors during its period of operation from 1974 to 1981, including two terms as president. More recently, he has been active with the national American Cancer Society as a member of its House of Delegates and Board of Directors from 1984 to 1990, and served as chairman of its Constitution, Bylaws and Organization Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee.

Earlier, Mr. Hopfenbeck served for eight years as a member of the Denver Board of Parks and Recreation and went on to become a founder and the incorporator of the Denver Parks and Recreation Foundation, Inc. (Park People), serving on its Board of Directors for 10 years. He also has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kent School in Denver, the Board of Directors of the Denver Country Club, and the Board of Directors of the University Club of Denver.

Mr. Hopfenbeck was active in a number of Colorado political campaigns. He served as chairman of the successful campaigns of Governor John A. Love in 1966, Denver District Attorney James D. McKevitt in 1968, and Congressman McKevitt in 1970.

Mr. Hopfenbeck is admitted to the Bars of the State of Colorado and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, having served as chairman of its Legislative and Statutes Publication Committees, and is a member of the American Bar Association.


Yale Law School, 1954

Williams College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1951

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