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​To​m Ragonetti

Professor Adjunct

Tom RagonettiContact Information

Phone: 303.575.7509

Office Hours: By appointment ​


Urban and Regional Planning


  • JD, Harvard Law School (1977); Cum Laude

  • MRP, Cornell University (1973);National Science Foundation Fellow

  • BA, Cornell University (1971); Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Research Interests

Tom Ragonetti is one of the top land use attorneys in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. His practice is focused on land use, government regulation, public-private transactions and related matters. He is a recognized specialist in land use planning and regulation, public finance for private development, annexation, urban development, zoning and historic preservation. Beyond his unparalleled expertise in land use and governmental regulation, Tom has comprehensive and diverse experience in real estate, construction and eminent domain matters.

Tom is keenly interested—both personally and professionally—in Colorado and Denver development issues. He has been working in the area for over 30 years. He has authored, and served as lead advocate for, comprehensive growth management legislation in the State of Colorado. In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado Denver, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, where he teaches Land Use Planning. 

Admissions and Affiliations

  • ​State of Colorado

  • American Bar Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Denver Bar Association


Tom has served on numerous civic boards and commissions devoted to city planning and community development, and he is a frequent speaker at and chair of local and national continuing legal education programs concerning land use topics. Prior to his career in law, Tom received a design degree in city and regional planning and worked in urban planning and public financing capacities for the City of Boston, the Economic Consultants Organization, Inc., the State of New York and the United Nations. A founding member of the firm, Tom serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Awards and Community Involvement

  • Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: Chairman of the Board (formerly President)

  • CU Real Estate Council

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in both Real Estate and Land Use (2006-2012)

  • ​Listed in "Band One" in each of the Top Land Use, Real Estate and Hotels and Leisure Lawyers in Chambers USA

  • Colorado Super Lawyers List (2006-2011)

  • Listed as one of ten lawyers in the Denver Business Journal's "Power Book" (2006, 2009, 2011)

  • Denver Business Journal Who's Who

  • Denver Business Journal Special Recognition for Professional Services

  • The Colorado Blue Ribbon Panel on Housing: Co-Chair

  • Colorado Land Use Commission

  • Land Use and Governance Task Force of Governor Romer's Smart Growth and Development Program

  • Governor Romer's CEO (Colorado Executives For Opportunity) Committee

  • Mayor Wellington Webb's Downtown Denver Zoning Committee

  • ​"AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell​

Most Recent Course

  • Land Use Controls and Planning

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