Rita Connerly

Rita M. Connerly



(303) 894-4411

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  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1990
  • University of Denver, B.A., with honors, 1987

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Rita M. Connerly

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.