Craig A. Umbaugh

Craig A. Umbaugh


Email craig.umbaugh@​

Phone +1 303 899 7379

Fax +1 303 899 7333

Practice groupCorporate

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.

Awards and recognitions


Lawyer of the Year
Law Week Colorado

2006-2015, 2018-2019

Colorado Super Lawyers


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


Power Players of Outside Counsel, Executive Status
Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal

2009, 2013

Law Week Colorado, Best Sports Lawyer
Barrister's Best/People's Court

Who's Who in Law
Denver Business Journal

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1985

B.A., Northwestern University, 1981


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


Representative experience

Advised Mikhail Prokhorov in an agreement to sell full ownership of the Barclays Center and his 51% controlling interest in the Brooklyn Nets to an entity controlled by Joe Tsai.

Advising Mikhail Prokhorov on Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding’s sale of a 49.9 percent interest in the Brooklyn Nets to Joe Tsai.

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.

Advising Oracle on its landmark acquisition of the naming rights to the San Francisco Giants park, now known as Oracle Park.

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