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Sierra S. Russell

Senior Associate

Sierra S. Russell
Practice Group

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. Clients readily rely on Sierra due to her past career and current experience as a lawyer, and as a result she serves as an integral team member for real estate transactions and developments for numerous clients.

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. She regularly represents clients in the renewable energy industry for solar and wind developments. She also regularly represents tenants, landlords, developers, governmental entities, lenders, and borrowers. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Sierra practiced in the Denver office of a full-service international law firm, where she worked on a wide variety of complex, commercial real estate transactions.

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

Representative experience

Represented pharmaceutical company for divestment of pharmaceutical campuses and associated assets.

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


  • Board of Directors, Rose Andom Center

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado
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