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Craig A. Umbaugh

Partner
Denver

Craig A. Umbaugh

Craig Umbaugh chairs the firm's Sports and Recreational Facilities Practice Group, with a focus on sports and stadiums, governmental and legislative law, finance, banking, and commercial transactions. Craig works with public entities and private clients on issues such as urban redevelopment, negotiation of governmental agreements, financing, construction, design and operation of public venues, acquisition of teams, naming rights, and sponsorship agreements.

He serves as general counsel for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, the Metropolitan Football Stadium District, the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District, and the Colorado Bankers Association. He regularly drafts legislation and counsels clients with respect to state legislative issues.

Craig's involvement with sports and sports facilities includes many Colorado and Denver teams and venues, including the Avalanche, Mammoth, Rapids, Nuggets, Pepsi Center, and Denver Grand Prix. Other clients include the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Connecticut Sun, Hennepin County (Minnesota Twins Ballpark), Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Seattle Sounders, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race.

Active in charitable and civic causes, Craig has served on numerous boards, including his current roles as chair of the Denver Public Schools Foundation board, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board. Craig was legal counsel for the Denver 2008 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and the Clyfford Still Museum. Craig's work on the Clyfford Still Museum led to him being named one of Law Week Colorado's 2010 Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year.

Representative Experience

Represent the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District on the development and operation of Coors Field.

Numerous naming rights and sponsorship agreements, including Invesco Field at Mile High and their renaming as Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Representation of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority in numerous urban redevelopment projects including tax increment financing matters.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1985
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1981

Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Auraria Higher Education Center
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
  • Steering Committee, Denver Chapter of the National Sports Marketing Network

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado

2016

Power Players of Outside Counsel, "Executive" Status

Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal

2006-2015

Colorado Super Lawyers

2015

Top Lawyers - Entertainment and Sports and Government Relations, Contracts, and Lobbying

5280

 

Who's Who in Law

Denver Business Journal

2009, 2013

Law Week Colorado, Best Sports Lawyer

Barrister's Best/People's Court

Latest thinking and events

Publications

New Address, Same Philosophy

Law Week Colorado (quoted)
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