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Craig A. Umbaugh
Partner, Denver
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craig.umbaugh@hoganlovells.com

Craig Umbaugh focuses his practice in the areas of governmental and legislative law, finance, sports and sports facilities law, and banking and commercial transactions. Craig works with public entities and private clients advising them on issues such as urban redevelopment, negotiation of governmental agreements, elections, financing, construction, design, operation of stadiums and public venues, and the acquisition or relocation of teams. Craig serves as general counsel to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, the Metropolitan Football Stadium District, the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District, and The Colorado Bankers Association. He has extensive experience in drafting legislation and counseling clients with respect to state legislative issues. He has advised various clients on election matters, including the conduct of elections, campaign finance reporting, ballot titles, and initiatives and referenda.

In addition to the Football District and the Baseball District, Craig's involvement with sports and sports facilities includes Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Connecticut Sun, Denver Nuggets, Pepsi Center, Hennepin County (Minnesota Twins Ballpark), Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Denver Grand Prix.

Craig is actively involved in civic issues and has held positions on a number of civic and charitable organizations' boards. Among his civic activities, he has served as legal counsel for the Denver 2008 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Consulted with numerous cities and states in their stadium development efforts.
  • Advised a number of owners of sports franchises.
  • Represented companies involved in the construction and financing of sports facilities.
  • Financing and contracts for development projects.
  • Naming rights and sponsorship agreements.


PRACTICES
Corporate
Financial Institutions Group
Mergers and Acquisitions
Legislation and Political Law Compliance
Finance
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Sports and Recreational Facilities
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Sports and Sports Facilities
  • Legislative and Government
  • Banking and Financing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
EDUCATION
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1985 B.A., Northwestern University, 1981
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Board of Directors, Auraria Higher Education Center
  • Steering Committee, Denver Chapter of the National Sports Marketing Network
  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Denver Business Journal, Who's Who in Law
  • Law Week Colorado, Best Sports Lawyer - Barrister's Best/People's Court, 2009, 2013
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS Colorado