Denver Real Estate Attorney | Colorado Commercial Transactions Lawyer

Willis V. Carpenter, Esq., is Of Counsel to CP2 and works out of the firm’s Denver office. His practice is focused on real estate and commercial transactions, farm and ranch sales, conservation easements and title insurance issues.

Mr. Carpenter has over 60 years of legal experience and is one of the most respected real estate attorneys in Colorado. He has devoted a substantial amount of time to expert witness testimony; he has testified in more than 75 trials and arbitrations since 1977, in 17 Colorado District Courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He is a well-known author whose publications include:

  • Colorado Real Estate Practice, two volumes, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2015
  • Colorado Title Insurance Practice, CLE in Colorado, Inc., 2015
  • “Easements”, Krendl, Colorado Methods of Practice, 6th Ed., Thomson Reuters, 2012

While practicing law full time, Mr. Carpenter has a passion for continuing legal education (CLE). Every fall until 2016, he taught a ten-week course in real estate practice to a new crop of real estate attorneys, and he has delivered many other CLE lectures on a variety of topics. (View Publications) To that extent, he is a perpetual instructor, both informally on the telephone with Colorado lawyers and students, and in structured educational settings, including:

  • Uniform Commercial Code, 1968-1969, College of Law, University of Denver
  • Colorado Bar Refresher, Property Law, 1972-1981
  • Colorado Real Estate Practice, 1977-2015, CLE in Colorado, Inc.

Mr. Carpenter was admitted to the bar in Colorado in 1954. His formal education was at Princeton University, A.B., cum laude, 1951; and Harvard Law School, LL.B, 1954. He was on active and reserve duty in the United States Naval Reserve, Naval Intelligence, 1954-1977, retiring with the rank of Captain. Mr. Carpenter and Andrew Klatskin founded the law firm of Carpenter & Klatskin, P.C in 1978. He is also a former shareholder of Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., since 1968, and was a Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, 1976 to 1997.

Mr. Carpenter participates widely in bar activities, as a member of the Denver Bar Association, he served as president from 1978-79 and received the annual Award of Merit in 1993. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, from which he received the annual Award of Merit in 2004, and for which he served on the Board of Governors, 1975-1980. He was Chairman of the Real Estate Law Section for the CBA from 1976-77, and received its first Real Estate Hall of Fame award in 2004. Other awards include the Richard N. Doyle CLE Award of Excellence, 2002, and the Deserving [Real Estate Law] Section Member Award, 1986. He is a member of the American Bar Association; the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (1978-2014), in which he was a Charter Member; and the Colorado Bar Foundation, in which he was a Charter Member, serving on the Board of Trustees, 1985-1991, and as Chairman 1989-1991.

Mr. Carpenter has been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. For more information about the ratings, please visit

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