Chad J. Lee Balcomb Green Attorney

Chad J. Lee

Partner, Balcomb & Green, P.C.

Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Attorney 2019

Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion - Gold 2019

Real Estate & Construction | Water Law | Natural Resources & Environment | Corporate Services


Chad is a partner at Balcomb & Green with an emphasis in the areas of real estate, business, land use, oil and gas, natural resources, and public lands law. He has over a decade of experience representing landowners, business owners, developers, buyers, sellers, homeowners associations, and investors in purchase and sale transactions and development of all types of real estate, including commercial residential, and investment. He also represents landowners and developers in land use entitlement acquisition from, and defense against, local jurisdictions, including Garfield County, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Pitkin County, and Aspen.

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Chad’s transactional experience includes representation of business owners in mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. He also represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation of loan agreements. Within the oil and gas industry, Chad assists operators, oil and gas companies, and landowners in mineral title examination and conveyance services in and around Glenwood Springs, Colorado’s Western Slope, and Wyoming.

Chad is an enthusiastic and effective communicator and is skilled at negotiating real estate and business deals in Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, and neighboring jurisdictions. Chad has a preeminent “AV” peer and client review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the High Mountain Chapter of American MENSA.

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Client Results
  • Successfully assisted local school district in acquiring and condominiumizing affordable housing inventory to support local teachers.
  • Successfully assisted local school district in acquiring and condominiumizing affordable housing inventory to support local teachers.
  • Advised large ranch owner near Carbondale on acquisition of additional acreage for grazing / agricultural operations.
  • Negotiated acquisition and construction contract for construction and subdivision of affordable housing stock for teachers.
  • Assisted local school district in a public-private partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the development of housing for local teachers.
  • Successfully condominiumized 12 unit commercial building in Roaring Fork Valley.
  • Conducted due diligence on $4.3M ranch acquisition in Mesa County with significant water component.
  • Conducted and advised client on acquisition of $17M ranch with significant conservation easement component and federal lands lease.
  • Conducted due diligence on $28M commercial acquisition in Aspen / Snowmass area.
  • Counsel for national real estate company for acquisitions and dispositions in Roaring Fork Valley.
  • Counsel for local Housing Authority in LIHTC Project.
  • Counsel for Archdiocesan Housing in Roaring Fork Valley.
  • Counsel for local startup IT company including for various mergers and acquisitions.
  • Counsel for multiple local real estate brokerages in Glenwood Springs.
  • Successfully obtained site, ground lease, and organization of equine veterinary operation.
  • Counsel for mineral companies and private landowner for mineral title opinions.
Education & Admissions
  • Lewis and Clark Law School (2006 J.D., Cum Laude)
    (Environmental Law Review Editorial Board, 2004 – 2006)
  • University of Colorado School of Law (visiting student, 2006)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2002 B.S.)
Bar Admissions
  • State of Colorado (2006)
  • State of Wyoming (2006)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2016)
Honors & Activities
Professional Experience
  • Partner, Balcomb & Green, P.C. (2014-Present)
  • Associate, Balcomb & Green, P.C. (2008-2013)
  • Associate, Leavenworth & Karp, P.C., Glenwood Springs, CO (2007-2008)
  • Associate, Reilly, Pozner & Connelly, Denver, CO (2006-2007)
  • Law Clerk, Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation (2005-2006)
  • Internship, Patrick, Miller & Kropf, P.C., Aspen, CO (2005)
  • Internship, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR (2004-2005)
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate and Water Law Sections
  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Roaring Fork Young Professionals (President, 2010)
  • Garfield County Search and Rescue Team (2008-2010)
  • American Mensa, High Mountain Mensa, Local Mensa Group 811 Membership (2015-present)
  • Youth Soccer Coach at Glenwood Springs Soccer Club
  • Chairman Elect, Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority
  • Chad J. Lee & Jill D. Cantway, Leasing Mineral Rights; A Framework for Understanding the Dominant Estate, in Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners, and Citizens (Kinne, B. & Powers, E. eds., ABA Publishing, 2013).
  • Chad J. Lee & Sara M. Dunn, Preserving Historical Consumptive Use During Water Leases for Instream Use, The Colorado Lawyer (June 2011), Vol. 40, No. 6, at 49.
  • Scott C. Miller & Chad Lee, Colorado: Water Supply and the Land Use Connection, 9 Western Water Law and Policy Reporter 300,308 (2005)