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Riley Cutner-Orrantia


With a keen focus on real estate, public-private financing and renewable energy, Riley Cutner-Orrantia is a forward-thinking real estate attorney who takes a strategic and collaborative approach to each and every deal.  Riley's versatility and passion adds an extra level of service to each deal.  She keeps every element of a deal organized and ensures her clients are apprised of the essential details at each stage of the transaction.

As a real estate associate, Riley focuses on a wide range of real estate legal issues. She represents developers and investors in all phases of the commercial real estate cycle – including acquisition, financing, and construction in connection with commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects. Riley has experience advising public agencies and project developers in pursuing alternative project delivery methods, including public private partnerships.

Prior to joining CGS3, she was an associate at the Denver office of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, a boutique firm with a nationwide practice, where she cultivated her legal and deal management skills in a variety of transactions including real estate, renewable energy, and infrastructure projects.  She has also worked as an associate real estate broker and was a student attorney with Colorado Law Sustainable Community Development Clinic. A rising star in both environmental and legal circles, she worked for Earthjustice and contributed her time to Rio Muchacho Organic Farm.


Notable Deals/Cases

  1. Represented the City of Denver on the structure and procurement of a 62-acre site for conversion into 10,000 seat arena, expo hall and public market – all part of the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of the National Western Stock Show into a new, 270-acre, state-of-the art multipurpose campus.
  2. Advocated on behalf of an environmental advocacy organization and a statewide coalition of local governments for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission’s adoption of a low-emission vehicle (LEV) program for Colorado.
  3. Represented an independent power producer in Colorado Public Utilities Commission dockets to renew expiring power purchase agreements for gas-fired assets.


  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
    • Managing Editor, Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review
  • B.S., Environmental Science, UCLA

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado


  • Recipient, SD Metro’s 2022 40 under 40 Award
  • Recipient, Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Certificate
  • Recipient, Gretchen Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources Energy and the Environment Outstanding Student Award


  • CREW, Advancing Women in Commercial Real Estate, of San Diego, Member
  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, of San Diego, Member
  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Developing Leaders 2022 Mentorship Program, Participant
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member
Riley Cutner-Orrantia