Laura E. Ratcliffe


  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Denver, CO 80203
  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Laura Ratcliffe is an associate in the Denver and Los Angeles offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Public Agency & Public Finance Practice. She represents public entities in real estate, environmental, and municipal law matters. She handles various aspects of real property acquisition and management, including contract drafting and negotiation, rights of way, licenses, and leases.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ratcliffe spent three years at the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), a local government entity that manages over 69,000 acres of parks and open space in the Los Angeles area. As Staff Counsel, she managed various real estate issues including fee title acquisition, conservation and trail easements, leases, and license agreements. She also handled issues relating to the Ralph M. Brown Act, the California Public Records Act, and the MRCA’s administrative hearing process.

Legal Experience

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judicial Extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt, Los Angeles, 2010
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, Law Clerk, Washington D.C., 2010

Prior Experience

Clinton Foundation/C40 Cities, Clinton Climate Initiative, Orfalea Fellow, New York, 2011-2012





Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section


University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2011

Haverford College

Bachelor of Arts in English, 2006

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