Kursten’s transactional experience and focus is in real estate law with an emphasis in commercial and residential real estate acquisition, development, financing and leasing, as well as homeowner association and business matters. Kursten joined Garfield & Hecht, P.C. from her position as Asst. General Counsel for Vail Resorts.
Kursten represents buyers and sellers (including a large contingency of foreign nationals) in all phases of real estate purchase, sales, development, and redevelopment, whether commercial, residential, or mixed-use in nature, complex or straightforward, vacant or improved land, new or existing construction. This includes but is not limited to, the negotiation and drafting of purchase, construction, architectural, party-wall, easement, encroachment, restrictive covenants, escrow agreements, declarations and homeowner association-related documents, review and evaluation of title, survey and mapping matters, home inspections, septic and well use permits, engineering reports, environmental studies, easement agreements, restrictive covenants and construction, and all other aspects of due diligence associated with real property interests.
Kursten has substantial experience with various types of clients who seek to develop or redevelop, including private developers, publicly-held companies, REIT’s, homeowner associations and their boards, state agencies and school boards. She has represented developers of mixed-use projects and homeowner associations who endeavored to renovate real estate projects valued over $500 million dollars within the Vail Valley, Telluride, Breckenridge, and Keystone areas. She has represented hotel developers with high-end projects located in Summit and Eagle Counties, including negotiation of franchise agreements for hotel branding. She has represented clients who own ski resorts within and outside Colorado, negotiating and acquiring the necessary real estate and permitting associated with ski resort operations. She has settled insurance claims and negotiated reconstruction of casualty-damaged projects for homeowner associations. She has experience in negotiating all aspects of construction of a brand new K-8 school facility under a BEST Grant with the State of Colorado and various public agencies. She has drafted and negotiated finance documents in connection with construction of a senior care facility. She represented a nonprofit entity in construction of an affordable housing project in Eagle County. She has negotiated and drafted documents for destination clubs, both publicly and privately held.
Kursten represents an extensive homeowner association and common interest community clientele. She has represented various homeowner associations in drafting amended and restated declarations and various other governing documents, negotiation and drafting of renovation project-related documents, analyzing and interpreting project documents for insurance claims and settlement, construction defect claims, disputes, and enforcement, and general drafting for maintenance of association records and compliance with general governance matters.
Kursten’s transactional experience also includes negotiating and drafting office, retail and restaurant leases, as well as ground leases, with national and international brand-name landlords and tenants, as well as business entity selection, choice of venue and documentation. She regularly establishes and documents entities, handles general business matters, and the intricacies of contract documentation and due diligence associated with asset and stock purchase and sale matters.
- University of Colorado-Boulder (B.S., 1992; Magna Cum Laude)
- University of Denver (J.D., 1998; Member, International Law Review, 1996-1997)
- Tulane University Law School (Summer Abroad Program, Greece, 1997)
- State of Colorado (1998)
Bar Associations & Professional Societies
- Continental Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Co-Founder and Past Member, Gore Range Women’s Bar Association
- Volunteer, Northwest Colorado Legal Services
- Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Vail Veteran’s Foundation
- Pro Bono Legal Counsel Montessori School
- Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Habitat for Humanity Eagle County Chapter
- Volunteer, Eagle County Charter Academy
- Volunteer, Boulder Valley School District
- Volunteer, Boulder Country Day School
- Asst. Coach, Girls on the Run
- Volunteer & Participant, Pink Vail
- Volunteer, Taste of Vail
- Volunteer, Vail Valley Lacrosse
- Volunteer, Boulder Valley Lacrosse
Published Articles/Speaking Engagements
- Faculty, National Business Institute, Title Workshop, 2015
- Speaker, Integrity in Schools, Hawk Traits 2013
- Speaker, International Real Estate Purchase and Lending Seminar, 2011
- Contributing Author, Colorado Appellate Law and Practice (West Publishing), 1999
- International Law Review, Student Author, 1996