Laura E. Ratcliffe


  • location icon Denver, CO
    1700 Lincoln Street
    Suite 4000
    Denver, CO 80203
  • location icon Los Angeles, CA
    633 West 5th Street
    Suite 4000
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

Laura Ratcliffe is an associate in the Denver and Los Angeles offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Real Estate, Land Use, and Environment Practice. She represents a variety of public and private entities in real estate, environmental, energy, and municipal law matters. She handles various aspects of real property acquisition and management, including purchase and sale agreements, rights of way, construction, financing, and license agreements. She has experience with various aspects of commercial and industrial leasing transactions, asset purchase agreements, and other corporate transactions.

Ms. Ratcliffe has extensive experience in public agency and municipal matters. She has handled issues relating to ordinance drafting and enforcement, open meeting and open records laws, the California Government Claims Act, and administrative hearing processes.

Legal Experience

  • Staff Counsel, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, 2012-2015
  • 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


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • Colorado





  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver 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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