Movers and Shakers Week Ending 05.21.21

Polsinelli Adds to Construction Practice with Three New Shareholders

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli is growing its national Construction Practice with the addition of three new Denver-based shareholders, Steve Gurr, Adam Lewis and Cindy Lowery-Graber.

Adam Lewis
Steve Gurr

As new members of Polsinelli’s Real Estate & Financial Services Department, the trio brings decades of combined experience in construction and real estate law, including both construction and design contracts and complex construction and real estate litigation, and have been widely recognized for their work. The group will practice at the national level but has deep roots in the Colorado real estate community, providing a strategic opportunity to bring additional services to Polsinelli’s strong ensemble of Denver-based real estate clients.

“We are pleased to add the depth and experience of Steve, Adam and Cindy to our Construction Practice and look forward to the additional value they will bring to our clients not only in Colorado but also across the country,” said Amy Kiefer Hansen, Polsinelli shareholder and chair of the Real Estate and Construction Practices. “Real estate developers, as well as health care and corporate clients, continue to experience growth across the country, and the addition of these three attorneys further enables us to support our clients throughout the entire development process.”

Cindy Lowery-Graber

Of the move, Gurr said “Polsinelli’s robust national real estate and health care practices are a perfect fit for our client teams. We are thrilled to join the growing Denver office and national footprint and excited to support our clients with a full suite of real estate development, construction and financial services.”

The group also intersects with Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice, representing real estate development, construction and other commercial clients in a range of litigation and arbitration matters.

“Polsinelli’s litigation team looks forward to working alongside Steve, Adam and Cindy and to the additional strength they bring to our already deep bench of experienced litigators. Their approach is to let clients’ business goals drive the litigation strategy which fits well with Polsinelli’s overall approach to business litigation,” said Stacy Carpenter, shareholder and commercial litigation practice chair.

The addition of Gurr, Lewis and Lowery-Graber comes on the heels of other strategic additions to Polsinelli’s Construction Practice in Kansas City and New York earlier this year as Polsinelli continues executing on its strategy to build out the great strength of its local and national real estate related practices across the U.S.


Mike Watkins Elected New RMH Group President

Mike Watkins

The RMH Group (RMH) announced that Mike Watkins was elected to the position of company president at the firm’s board of directors meeting held on May 18, 2021. Watkins previously served as RMH’s chief operating officer and (before that) RMH Aerospace Group market leader.

Watkins began his career at RMH 21 years ago and quickly emerged as a respected leader and technical resource for other engineers within the company. As market leader of RMH’s Aerospace Group, he built long-lasting relationships with some of the most prominent firms in the aerospace industry and oversaw projects as large as $350 million in scale. Watkins also founded RMH’s Lean Committee, which has steadily streamlined operations within the firm.

Past RMH President Bill Green will remain with the firm as a principal and QA/QC specialist.



NorthMarq’s Denver Office Expands Multifamily Investment Sales Team

Alex Possick
Rich Ritter

NorthMarq’s expansion of its Investment Sales platform continues with the addition of two multifamily professionals, Rich Ritter and Alex Possick, to the Denver office. They join Managing Director Dave Martin and Vice President Brian Mooney and will focus on middle-market investment sales. NorthMarq’s investment sales platform began in 2018 in Phoenix, and now operates in conjunction with NorthMarq’s Debt and Equity professionals in 18 offices.

“The addition of Rich and Alex will help us expand our partnership with middle-market multifamily investors, complementing the work that Brian and I offer to institutional investors,” said Martin. “Their experience in financial analysis and multifamily marketing will be a great benefit to clients and our debt and equity professionals,” said Martin.

Ritter specializes in the marketing and sale execution of multifamily communities up to $40 million throughout Colorado and surrounding Mountain states. Prior to joining NorthMarq, he was with ARA Newmark’s Denver team, where he quickly came to be a key resource for a wide array of private and institutional investors. His involvement in over $4.5 billion of Colorado multifamily asset sales allows him to deliver a highly comprehensive, consultative transaction process. Prior to relocating to Denver in 2019, Mr. Ritter obtained his Bachelor of Science in Finance & Business Analytics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Possick represents private, high net-worth and institutional investors in the disposition of multifamily investment properties up to approximately $40 million across the Inter-Mountain Western United States, with particular focus in the state of Colorado. Prior to joining NorthMarq, Alex was a member of CBRE’s Multifamily Capital Markets team where he played an integral role in the disposition of over 15,000 units and in excess of $2 billion in asset sales. Alex is completing his Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Real Estate from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Atlas Real Estate Announces Two New Hires

Matthew Wedell
Nicole Pollack

Atlas Real Estate announced the addition of Real Estate Advisor Nicole Pollack and Property Manager Matthew Wedell to its team.

As a Colorado native with a background in education, Nicole joins Atlas Real Estate as a real estate advisor. She strives to bring the highest level of client satisfaction to every real estate transaction. During her five years as an educator, she has honed the skills that enable clear communication and foster client relationships. Nicole has a successful history of identifying individual needs and delivering distinct value. Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Metropolitan State University before obtaining her master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington.

Matthew joins Atlas Real Estate with more than a decade of experience managing apartment complexes in the Denver market. He has successfully managed apartments ranging from 72-137 units and is ready to make the switch to single family residential and small multifamily properties. Matt’s expertise is in low-income housing including Tax Credit and Section 8. He is well practiced in staying up to date on the ever-changing regulations to protect both residents and homeowners. Matthew graduated from Colorado State University and is a certified apartment manager (CAM).


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