Title: Special Counsel

Office: 303-861-5300

Email: bneiman@gvlslaw.com

Since 2006, Mr. Neiman has primarily specialized in advising and assisting residents, governments and commercial and residential developers in their efforts to create and utilize quasi-municipal taxing entities that are empowered to provide for the financing, construction, management and operation of essential public services and infrastructure.  Such infrastructure may include, without limitation, streets, storm drainage, water, sewer, transportation, mosquito control, fire protection, park and recreation and other public facilities and services.  These quasi-municipal taxing entities are creatures of Colorado statutory authority and include metropolitan districts, water & sanitation districts, general improvement districts, local improvement districts, business improvement districts and intergovernmental authorities.  The process of creating special taxing districts and limited purpose public entities requires multiple steps, each of which is necessary to ensure that the proper local and Colorado statutory procedures are satisfied.  Ultimately, before a Title 32 special district may be organized, a service plan must be drafted and approved by a governing authority; a District Court action must be commenced; and an organizational election must be held approving the creation of the special district and the authorizing the imposition of debt to fund the essential public services and infrastructure to be provided by the special district.

Once created, Mr. Neiman provides ongoing general representation for quasi-municipal taxing entities in all aspects of their ongoing operations and funding. Such representation includes ensuring that the taxing entities remain in compliance with applicable Colorado and local government law on an annual basis.  Specifically, Mr. Neiman provides guidance and expertise to these clients concerning a broad range of matters, some of which may encompass taxes and capital project financing, local elections, annual budget law, TABOR (Section 10 of Article XX of the Colorado Constitution) compliance, executive sessions, qualification of board officers and directors, insurance coverage, inclusions and exclusions of property, special district-related contracts and intergovernmental agreements, compliance with open records and open meetings laws, and local government audit law.

Mr. Neiman has also represented various financial institutions and real estate developers in performing due diligence for the prospective purchase of developable property in Colorado.  Research is performed to determine whether any special districts or other taxing entities encompass particular parcels of property and, if they do, Mr. Neiman provides guidance and assistance in evaluating the effect that such special districts or taxing entities may have the development prospects for his clients.  Mr. Neiman also represents private developers in evaluating the need for, and establishing, public improvement fees on commercial developments within Colorado.  Such public improvement fees are privately-imposed covenants that may be placed upon a commercial development to help finance the cost of designing, constructing, installing and maintaining public infrastructure.

Additionally, after Mr. Neiman relocated to Colorado from Atlanta, Georgia in September, 2004, he previously worked for a suburban Denver law firm representing private individuals and entities chiefly in state and federal civil litigation, bankruptcy matters, and property foreclosure. Mr. Neiman also worked for a year and a half at a Denver boutique law firm representing clients in a variety of matters, including landlord/tenant negotiations, drafting and negotiating purchase and lease agreements for both commercial and residential properties, organizing corporate entities and advising on corporate governance issues.

Education

J.D.           Emory University, 2003

B.B.A.      Emory University, 2000

State Bar Admissions

Georgia, 2003
Colorado, 2004
United States District Court of Georgia, 2003
United States District Court of Colorado, 2004

Selected activities

Member     Colorado Bar Association (Real Estate and Government Sections)
Denver Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association