Jim Wear, Member

Jim Wear has practiced in the Vail Valley for more than 35 years. He has been involved in all aspects of resort real estate development, operation, acquisition, and sales in numerous mountain and resort communities. He has handled the purchases of numerous Colorado ranch properties.

Jim also practices in the areas of real estate brokerage law and common interest community law. For several years Jim was on the board and management committee of the Telluride Ski and Golf Company and twice served as interim chief operating officer of that resort.

Representative Matters

  • Lead real estate and land use counsel for $200 million redevelopment of medical center in the Town of Vail.
  • Coordination of all aspects of sale of major Colorado ski resort and its real estate holdings.
  • Coordination of entitlements, project documents, hotel management contract, federal and state registrations, and all other legal matters relating to development of proposed $800 million hotel and residential condominium   project in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Handled all legal aspects of sale of hotel properties in Vail Village and Beaver Creek Village.
  • Handled the real estate aspects of joint venture agreement for development of  all vertical product at major Lake Tahoe ski resort with resulting value exceeding $3 billion.
  • Real estate counsel and due diligence coordinator on purchases of numerous Colorado ranch properties totaling more than 20,000 acres.
  • Coordinated and helped prepare all project documents for completion of multi-use project in Beaver Creek Village containing several separate associations, ice skating rink, performing arts center, public transportation area and multi-use parking structure.
  • Involved in the preparation of all project documents for a major residential community in lower downtown Denver including a multi-association high rise tower.
  • General counsel to resort real estate brokerage company whose annual sales consistently exceed $1 billion.
  • Involved in numerous development projects throughout Colorado mountain resort communities including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Telluride, Crested Butte, Frisco, Edwards, Avon and Eagle.
  • Represented numerous buyers and sellers of resort residential real estate.

Professional Activities
Admitted, Colorado
Admitted, North Carolina
Member, Colorado Bar Association
Former Member, Board of Directors, Vail Valley Partnership
Former Member, Urban Land Institute
Former Board Member and Executive Vice President, Telluride Ski & Golf Company LLP
Former Member, Board of Directors, Vail Valley Foundation
Former Member, Council of the Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association
Former Member, Board of Directors, Beaver Creek Metropolitan District
Former Vice Chairman, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
Former Executive Committee Member, Jimmie Heuga Center
Former Member, Board of Directors, Mountain Village Metropolitan Services in Telluride
Co-Chair, Golf, Mountain & Resort Development Conference 1999, 2000
Former Member, Colorado Real Estate Interprofessional Committee
Former Co-Chair, Legislative Review Subcommittee of the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section Council

Awards and Honors

Recipient of the 2020 Vail Valley Partnership Chairman Award for outstanding commitment to service.

Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1981
Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, 1977