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Sierra S. Russell

Senior Associate

Sierra S. Russell

Before she became a lawyer, Sierra Russell earned an undergraduate degree in city and regional planning, and spent more than four years working as a planner. That experience provided the diverse and practical understanding of planning, real estate, and development that she brings to her practice and also informs her legal approach.

Sierra regularly advises clients on land-related issues, including property acquisition, development, complex title and survey matters, local government permits, real estate finance, commercial leases, urban redevelopment, and brokerage and construction contracts. Her practice focuses on local government, land use law, and commercial real estate. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Sierra presented at a construction law seminar and co-authored the Colorado Practice Series "Chapter 56 Construction Disputes and Dispute Resolution Pocket Part" (2012 edition). She also helped write two publications on Colorado real estate brokerage laws and customs and foreign investment in Colorado real estate. While in law school, Sierra worked as an extern with a Brazilian law firm in São Paulo, and she was an editor for the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

Sierra serves on the board of directors for Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers and has dedicated hundreds of hours advising numerous Colorado nonprofit corporations on real estate-related pro bono projects.

Representative Experience

Regularly advises a renewable energy developer for its corporate acquisitions, local government permits, financings, and land agreements.

Regularly represents tenants and landlords for commercial lease negotiations and disputes.

Represented lenders and borrowers in a diverse set of loan transactions involving real estate and alternative financing arrangements.

Represented buyers in complex, large-scale ranch transactions throughout Colorado.

Advises several local public entities on real estate finance and other real estate matters.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Order of St. Ives, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2011
  • B.S., summa cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
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