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“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park

Overview

Kevin focuses his practice on the intersection of real estate, public-private partnerships and social infrastructure development.

He advises public sector clients on major league sports facility transactions, structures public-private partnerships for public sector and higher education clients, and navigates complex mixed-use and re-use development projects that transform communities. Kevin, the Managing Partner of the firm’s Denver office, also advises clients on the acquisition, development, financing, operation and disposition of multi-family, senior housing, hotels and resorts, industrial, office, retail properties and self-storage facilities. Kevin previously chaired the firm's Investment Real Estate and Housing groups.

Kevin's notable engagements include:

  • Representing the City of Phoenix to renegotiate the Suns’ agreements for Talking Stick Resort Arena, including negotiating a $230 million renovation of the facility and new non-relocation provisions.
  • Representing the pubic owner of T-Mobile Park in renegotiating the Seattle Mariners’ lease, with extensive new provisions that ensure the ballpark will remain in the top one-third of all MLB ballparks.
  • Representing the Wisconsin Center District in the development of the new $524 million Fiserv Arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Representing the City of Phoenix in renegotiating the Milwaukee Brewers’ use agreements for the city-owned spring training facilities, which included extending their term and negotiating the terms of conveying development rights to the Brewers for new mixed-use development on city-owned land.
  • Representing the City of Sacramento in the development of the $477 million Golden 1 Center arena for the Sacramento Kings.
  • Representing Denver’s Regional Transportation District in the redevelopment of the city’s historic Union Station using both public and private funds to create a mixed-use project of public transportation, a boutique hotel and retail, food and beverage, and office spaces.
  • Advising both private sector and higher education clients on using P3 delivery models for development of higher education facilities, including student housing and energy districts.
  • Representing a self-storage REIT in its acquisition of a 112-property portfolio for $1.2 billion.
  • Representing an industrial REIT in its acquisition of a six-property portfolio for $189 million.

“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., 2018 Peter Bowes Award, 2016 Volunteer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, since 2015
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Real Estate, since 2009
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, since 2015
  • IFLR1000, Real Estate (Denver), Highly Regarded, 2019
  • National Law Journal Trailblazers: Sports & Entertainment Law, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
    • Virginia Journal of Natural Resources Law, notes editor
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University
    • summa cum laude
    • Distinguished Military Graduate
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New York (inactive)

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
Case Studies
Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

Seattle’s publicly-owned major league baseball ballpark, completed in 1999, had been home to the Seattle Mariners for 20 years – and the team’s original lease was about to expire. The Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District (or PFD), the ballpark’s owner, turned to Husch Blackwell for assistance in striking a new agreement with the team.

U.S. Beef & Platform Ventures

When U.S. Beef, formerly the largest franchisee of Arby’s restaurants in the U.S., sought to shift its business focus after selling its restaurant assets in December 2018, it partnered with Platform Ventures, an investment firm, to acquire the Plaza Vista Office Building, located on the west end of Kansas City’s iconic Plaza District, from EverWest Real Estate Investors. The deal proved to be incredibly complex, and U.S. Beef and Platform turned to Husch Blackwell for guidance in turning their plans into reality.

Media Mentions | December 6, 2019
Office Snapshots: Husch Blackwell Offices – Denver
News Releases | November 11, 2019
Kevin Kelley Named as 2019 Sports & Entertainment Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal

Kelley was recognized for his participation in some of the most high-profile sports facilities deals of the past decade.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 3, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places Five Attorneys in ILFR's Inaugural Real Estate Rankings

Overall, the new edition represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | June 3, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | March 20, 2019
2019 Colorado Super Lawyers Names Four From Husch Blackwell

Colorado Super Lawyers recognizes four Husch Blackwell attorneys from Denver.

News Releases | September 11, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents National Storage Affiliates in $1.3 Billion Portfolio Acquisition

Husch Blackwell's commercial real estate investment team closes transaction less than two months after its announcement.

Media Mentions | August 22, 2018
Governing: Even When Teams Pay, Stadiums Still Aren't Free for Cities

Kevin Kelley is quoted in an article on a growing trend: cities bettering their efforts to address stadium quality and maintenance expectations upfront.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | May 3, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 37 Attorneys Recognized

Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

News Releases | March 26, 2018
Colorado Super Lawyers 2018 Names Seven Husch Blackwell Attorneys in Denver

Husch Blackwell's Denver office counts seven attorneys on the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

News Releases | September 22, 2017
Modern in Denver: The Coolest New Kid on the Block
News Releases | August 15, 2017
Husch Blackwell Places 156 Lawyers in 2018 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Community Leadership
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, Executive Committee Member
  • Downtown Denver Partnership Management Group, Inc., Director
  • Downtown Denver, Inc., Director
  • Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain Inc., Board of Directors Chair