Sharena Smith



Sharena specializes in providing cutting-edge solutions to clients for complex legal issues that arise in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development, and financing matters.

Sharena focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and real estate finance matters. She assists developers, national banking institutions, private lenders, nonprofit organizations, equity investors, community development entities and real estate investment trusts with their real estate needs.

She drafts and negotiates various real estate transactional documents, such as purchase and sale agreements, deeds, lease agreements, mortgages and deeds of trust, and loan agreements, amongst various others.

She reviews and analyzes numerous due diligence, some of which includes corporate documents, title and survey, environmental issues, zoning and land use issues, permitting, construction contracts, loan agreements and intercreditor agreements.

Sharena has previously assisted with negotiating complex lending arrangements, including New Market Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and other tax-incentivized credit transactions.

With a wealth of experience as a matter specialist, Sharena is well-versed in navigating the ever-changing real estate markets.

Education & Admissions

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2013),

  • Recipient, Margarete E. Schmaltz Endowed Scholarship, 2012 – 2013
  • Recipient, Robert Merle Johnson Endowed Scholarship, 2012 – 2013
  • Recipient, Sam Cary Endowment Fund (Academic Scholarship), Fall 2011
  • Recipient, Robert B. Yegge Scholarship (Full-Tuition Academics Award), 2010 – 2011
  • Business Law Society, Vice President, 2011 – 2012
  • Corporate Governance and Law Blog, “Race to the Bottom,” Contributor, 2012 – 2013

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

  • International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation Nominee, 2006
  • E.O.P. Certificate for Academic Excellence, 2005
  • Academic Study Program in Washington, DC, Spring 2008


  • Colorado


  • English, Spanish


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel, 2012-2012


  • Assisted client in a $185 million asset exchange with another entity, which was an NYSE-listed energy master limited partnership (MLP) managed by an affiliate of the client.

News & Resources

  • Coming to the Neighborhood: Colorado Passes New HOA Laws, Real Estate Transactional and Real Estate Litigation (Co-Author, 2022).  
  • Changes to Title and Survey Diligence Insurers Don’t Want to Miss, Insurance Thought Leadership Initiative (Co-Author, 2021).
  • Inaugural Colorado Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CLE Event, Colorado Diversity Collective (Co-Presenter, 2021).
  • Sarafin v. BioMimetic: Statements without Scienter are not Fraudulent, Race to the Bottom - Corporate Governance blog (Contributor, 2013).
  • In re Fannie Mae: Potentially Negligent Behavior and Failure to Understand are not Evidence of Scienter, Race to the Bottom - Corporate Governance blog (Contributor, 2012).
  • Directed Verdict/Judgment as a Matter of Law, Colorado Courtroom Handbook for Civil Trials (Co-Contributor, 2011).

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Lending Transactions
  • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Inclusive Romance Project – Mentee, 2023
  • The Write Team Mentorship Program – Mentee, 2023
  • Life Art/Dance Ensemble — Board Member, 2018-present; Secretary, 2019-present
  • Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic — Volunteer Attorney, 2014-present
  • Denver Young Professionals Financial Literacy Book Club — Organizer, 2021-2023
  • Lawyers in the Classroom — Volunteer, 2019-2022
  • Colorado Poverty Law Project — Volunteer Attorney, 2019-2022
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Denver — Member, 2017-20
  • Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking — Board Member, 2017
  • Jewish Family Service of Colorado — Assisted a Holocaust survivor with obtaining a Victims of War and Post-War Oppression reparation pension from the Polish government, 2015


  • Best Lawyers® — “Ones to Watch,” Real Estate Law, 2022-24
  • Black In House Counsel — Honoree, “Think Like a GC” Senior Associate Program, 2023
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) — Pathfinder Honoree, 2022
  • Colorado Chamber of Commerce — Honoree, EXECs Advocacy Leadership Program, 2021