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Rita M. Connerly practices in the areas of real estate development and municipal law. She actively represents developers during the land use process, working closely with federal, state and local governments, mineral interest owners and neighborhood associations to secure support for and timely approval of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects. Her practice encompasses all aspects of land use and real estate development, including urban renewal, zoning, title review, purchase and sale agreements, development agreements and the drafting of covenants, easements and construction documents.


Prior to joining Fairfield and Woods, Rita served as in-house corporate counsel, responsible for securing land use entitlements for a national land development company that she continues to represent.


Rita's practice is also focused on the representation of local governments and special districts. She worked in the Adams County Attorney's Office, ultimately serving as the Adams County attorney and as general counsel for Front Range Airport Authority. Today Rita serves as special counsel to Front Range Airport on all Spaceport issues.

Rita is experienced in the creation, representation and management of special districts. She has provided day-to-day legal advice to elected officials and department directors on a full range of public sector law issues. She has represented clients in local, state, federal and administrative proceedings and has successfully argued before both the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.


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Practice areas


  1. State & Local Law: 40%
    1 year
  2. Real Estate: 40%
    1 year
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
    1 year


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Contact info

Fairfield and Woods, P.C.

1801 California Street
Suite 2600
Denver, CO, 80202


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Real EstateSuperLawyers2014
Real EstateSuperLawyers2013
Real EstateSuperLawyers2012
Top Woman LawyerLaw Week Colorado2012
Outstanding Women in Business FinalistDenver Business Journal2012
Outstanding Effort in Economic DevelopmentMetro Denver EDC2012
Real EstateSuperLawyers2011
Real EstateSuperLawyers2010
Member of the YearAdams County Economic Development2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DirectorFairfield and Woods, P.C.2004 - Present
AttorneyAdams County2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Denver Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Adams County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Douglas County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Aurora Economic Development CorporationExecutive Committee MemberN/A
Denver Metro Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Castle Rock Economic DevelopmentBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Colorado Real Estate JournalFront Range Airport Leading Colorado to the Next Frontier in Space Travel2012
FW in the NewsDemystifying Amendment 54: Impacts to Local Business2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of DenverPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Leadership Training GroupLeadership: Organizations in Transition2014
Development Counselors International Press TripSpaceport Colorado2013