Sharena Smith



Sharena Smith guides her clients through a variety of real estate matters, including real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate lending, commercial and office leasing, and commercial and retail development. She has experience drafting and negotiating various real estate transactional documents, such as purchase and sale agreements, deeds, lease agreements, mortgages and deeds of trust, and loan agreements, amongst numerous others. Sharena counsels developers, national banking institutions, private lenders, nonprofit organizations, equity investors, community development entities and real estate investment trusts.

She reviews and analyzes due diligence, including corporate documents, title and survey, environmental issues, zoning and land use issues, permitting, construction contracts, loan agreements and intercreditor agreements. Sharena also assists with negotiating complex lending arrangements, including New Market Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and other tax-incentivized credit transactions.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Sharena enjoys taking dance classes, such as bachata, dancehall, salsa and hip hop. She is currently taking Spanish language lessons.


Bar Admissions



University of Denver Sturm College of Law
J.D. Corporate and Commercial Law Certificate (2013)

University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. in Business Management Economics and Legal Studies (2008)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Sarafin v. BioMimetic: Statements Without Scienter are not Fraudulent, Race to the Bottom
    Contributor, Corporate Governance Blog, 2013
  • In re Fannie Mae: Potentially Negligent Behavior and Failure to Understand are not Evidence of Scienter, Race to the Bottom
    Contributor, Corporate Governance Blog, 2012
  • Directed Verdict/Judgment as a Matter of Law
    Co-contributor, Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials, 2011

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Assisted a Holocaust survivor with obtaining a Victims of War and Post-War Oppression reparation pension from the Polish government through Jewish Family Service of Colorado
  • Assisted nonprofit organizations with various legal matters through the Colorado Lawyers Committee — Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Denver Young Professionals Financial Literacy Book Club — Organizer, 2021-present
  • Lawyers in the Classroom — Volunteer, 2019-present
  • Colorado Poverty Law Project — Volunteer Attorney, 2019-present
  • Life Art/Dance Ensemble — Board Member, 2018-present; Secretary, 2019-present
  • Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking — Board Member, 2017
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Denver — Member, 2017-20
  • Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic — Volunteer Attorney, 2014-present


  • Best Lawyers® — “Ones to Watch,” Real Estate Law, 2022
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce — Honoree, EXECs Advocacy Leadership Program, 2021-present
Awards Methodology
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