Parker Lawyers

James Anest

Parker Lawyers

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Jim Anest, brings over 36 years legal experience to Parker Lawyers an active and licensed Colorado Attorney in the State of Colorado since 1987. Jim has been involved in the practice of law in Parker, Colorado since 1987. Previously, he was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1980. Jim is a past member of the Real Estate section of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Jim also was the lead in the development of a Boulder, Colorado apartment project, several shopping centers, bringing one of the first Wal-Mart stores to the ski areas of Colorado, Victorian Peaks and the redevelopment of the Victorian Park area of Old Town Parker. He has been involved in all aspects of real estate legal representation including the acquisition, development and ownership formation phases for his clients. As an acquisition and development attorney, he was involved in multiple shopping center purchases and sales, apartment projects and residential/agricultural developments. The combined per-square footage of these retail, commercial and residential properties exceed one million square feet and has closed, participated in the pre-sale negotiations, contract drafting, due diligence review and research and closings that exceed $150,000,000.00. He has served as the primary lead attorney for the acquisition, financing, construction, and development of various real estate ventures, counsel for the lender entity including zoning, annexations and other issues facing developers in the acquisition and sale of individual residential properties, commercial land as well as ranch/agricultural land and distressed property sales. As part of his practice, he has been involved in entity formation for many Douglas County and Front Range businesses. These entity formations include partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. Since 1982, Jim has also represented numerous consumers and creditors in debtor work-outs, Chapter 7 and 13 filings in Colorado and Wyoming and is a frequent participant in legal education classes in the area of real estate and bankruptcy law.
Personal Biography
Married, three sons: Admitted Colorado State Bar (1987) and Wyoming State Bar (1980): Former county attorney, Hot Springs and Converse County, Thermopolis and Douglas, Wyoming; town attorney, Glenrock, Wyoming; Retired Municipal Judge, Elizabeth Colorado 1995-2004. Shareholder Anest Swingle & Arant , P.C., practice limited to entity formation, real estate/land use acquisition, development and bankruptcy: Former member Colorado Real Estate Section– Colorado Bar Association, District seven elected representative to the Intermountain Electric Rural Association ( IREA) board of directors, Audit Committee-IREA; Former Colorado Capital Bank and Bankwest advisory board member, Former Director – Double Angel Foundation, Designated Outstanding Lawyers of America, Named to Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers of America; 2008 Recipient PEDC Cornerstone Award; “Av” rated attorney, "Peer Review" certification Martindale-Hubbell; Madison's Who's Who. Numerous designations as reader’s choice as “Best of the Best” attorney for Parker, Colorado. Denver Post 2013-2015 Top Lawyers of Denver, Colorado, Founder Downtown Parker Development Council. Prior board member/member: Parker Chamber of Commerce, Parker Economic Development Council, Douglas-Elbert County Bar Association and Optimists International, Officer & Board – Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Sports Lawyer Association, Casper American Legion Baseball. Colorado Bar Association: CHSCA – certified high school baseball coach, 1997 – present. Commissioner and Founder – High Plains Baseball league, Colorado Bombers and Mile High Angels. Double Angel Baseball Chairman 2000 to 2004. Past chairman – Parent Legacy Program, Belmont University Baseball, Nashville, TN.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Chapter 7, Bankruptcy Collections, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Bankruptcy Taxation, Bankruptcy Trustees Rights, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Foreclosure, Commercial Insolvency, Commercial Recovery, Commercial Workouts, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditor Bankruptcy, Debt Relief, Debtor Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Fraudulent Conveyance, Insolvency, International Bankruptcy, International Insolvency, Liquidations, Out of Court Debt Restructuring, Personal Bankruptcy, Pre-Bankruptcy Workouts, Receivership, Repossessions, Workouts, Workouts Taxation
Business Law Business Development, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Contracts Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing
Mortgage Law Commercial Mortgages, Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Bankruptcy, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage Foreclosure, Mortgage Lien Foreclosure, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Securitization, Mortgage Tax, Mortgage Workouts, Secondary Mortgage Market
Probate Ancillary Probate, Probate Administration
Real Estate Condominium Timeshares, Conservation Easements, Conveyancing, Cooperative Housing Association Law, Cooperative Conversions, Cooperative Housing Law, Easements, Historic Conservation Easements, Homeowners Association Law, International Real Estate, Land Acquisitions, Land Sales, Land Trusts, Manufactured Housing Law, Mixed Use Development, Mobile Home Law, Planned Unit Development Law, Property Management, Quiet Title, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Arbitration, Real Estate Banking Law, Real Estate Bankruptcy, Real Estate Brokerage Law, Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability, Real Estate Brokers Licensing, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice Defense, Real Estate Collections, Real Estate Contracts, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Errors and Omissions, Real Estate Exchanges, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Foreclosure, Real Estate Fraud, Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Investment Taxation, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Joint Ventures, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Mediation, Real Estate Partnerships, Real Estate Restructuring, Real Estate Sales, Real Estate Secured Lending, Real Estate Securities, Real Estate Settlements, Real Estate Syndication, Real Estate Tax Appeals, Real Estate Tax Assessment, Real Estate Tax Foreclosure, Real Estate Tax Liens, Real Estate Taxation, Real Estate Title, Real Estate Title Examination, Real Estate Title Insurance, Real Estate Trade Association Law, Real Estate Valuation, Real Estate Workouts, Real Property, Real Property Acquisitions, Real Property Development, Real Property Finance, Residential Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Acquisitions, Residential Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate Finance, Residential Real Estate Foreclosure, Residential Real Estate Sales, Right of Way Easements, Waterfront Development
Wills Will Drafting, Inheritance, Living Wills


  • Colorado, Wyoming

Employment History

  • Attorney | Parker Lawyers

    1987 - 2017


  • JD | University of Wyoming College of Law

    1977 - 1980

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  • Parker, Colorado, Douglas County

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