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Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen

Elizabeth (Leeza) Evensen

Partner| Salt Lake City


Leeza Evensen's practice is concentrated in real estate law, focusing on hotel, resort, retail, condominium, office, and other commercial real estate development and disposition; office/retail leasing; zoning and land use; partnerships and joint ventures; construction; real estate workouts; real estate financing; and general commercial and corporate transactions. Leeza has a special expertise in the acquisition, development, construction and financing of public charter and private school facilities. Her experience includes representing real estate developers, ski resorts, landowners, real estate investment trusts (REITs), financial institutions and governmental agencies.

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  • Lead counsel for national developer of school facilities in acquisition, disposition, financing and development of public charter and private school facilities in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana and other states
  • Counsel for leading ski resort operator in acquisition, disposition and operation of ski resorts in Utah, Colorado, California and Nevada
  • Local counsel to national developer of resort properties regarding the finance and operation of timeshare and condominium resort in Summit County, Utah
  • Local counsel to a REIT regarding the purchase, financing and operation of office and retail properties in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Counsel for acquisition, entitlement and development of one million sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Utah
  • Counsel to Utah Transit Authority in connection with the $185 million acquisition of Union Pacific facilities for 175-mile Wasatch Front Commuter Rail Project
  • Counsel to national commercial tenants and landlords in various office, retail and industrial leasing transactions
  • Counsel for acquisition and development of 20,000-seat amphitheater facility in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Counsel to developers of various mixed-use projects, including drafting of necessary declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions and reciprocal easements, leases, purchase and sale documents
  • University of Utah College of Law (J.D., 2000)
    • William H. Leary Scholar
    • Outstanding Achievement Award in Corporate Finance
    • Outstanding Achievement Award in Business Planning
    • CALI in Excellence for the Future Award
    • Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia (B.A., Journalism, highest honors, 1992)
    • Varsity Swimming Team
  • State Bar of Utah
    • Real Property Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Utah Chapter (CREW Utah)
    • President
    • Board Member
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • "Women in the C-Suite: How Do They Do That?" Moderator, CREW Utah (January 2017)
  • "Partner Spotlight," Author, The Highmark Quarterly, Volume 2, Issue 4 (June 2016)
  • "Up for Grabs, Monetizing Utah Retail Liquor Licenses," Co-Author, Utah Business (July 2014)
  • "Retail, Office and Restaurant Leases: Key Provisions and Warranties," Presenter of Topics “The Use Clause" and "Re-Negotiating the Lease,” Live Seminar organized by National Business Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah (April 2014)
  • "Legal Issues in the Complex Leasing Transaction Part II," Continuing Education Instructor, State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate (2011)
  • "Getting the Best Results Cost Efficiently - Billable Hour Alternatives," Presenter, Utah Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (August 2010)
  • "Top Landlord Mistakes in Commercial Leasing," Co-Author, The Enterprise (April 13-19, 2009)
  • "Fifth Circuit Rejects EPA Rule Requiring State and Federal Agency Consultation as a Precondition for State Permitting Programs," 19 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 129 (1999)
  • "Open Space Preservation in Utah, Techniques, Tools, and First 'Quality Growth' Steps," 19 J. Land, Resources & Envtl. L. 267, 270 (1999)
  • 30 Women to Watch, Utah Business Magazine (2017)
  • Real Estate Attorney of the Year, CCIM Utah Excellence Award (2017)
    • Finalist (2016)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Real Estate (2017)
  • Team Member, "National Tier 1" in Real Estate Law, U.S. New Media Group and Best Lawyers (2017)
  • CCIM Excellence Top Performer Award (2015)
  • Team Member, "Tier 1" in Metropolitan Rankings, Utah, Real Estate Law (2014, 2015)
  • Utah's Legal Elite: Real Estate, Utah Business Magazine (2008, 2011, 2015-2018)
  • Downtown Farmers Market/Utah Public Market Board, Board Member
  • ArtSpace, Board Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Success in Law School Mentoring Program, Past Mentor
  • Utah State Bar, New Lawyer Training Program, Past Mentor
  • Snell & Wilmer Community Involvement Committee, Salt Lake City office, Past Chair
  • Utah Tennis Association, Past Board Member
  • Utah Junior Tennis Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Utah Tennis Association, Executive Committee, Past Secretary
  • Russian
  • French
  • Utah
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • United States District Court, District of Utah