Cory G. Kalanick


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8373

Fax: 303.298.0940

[email protected]

Areas Of Emphasis


  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, 2011
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Minnesota Law Review, articles submission editor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, Boston University, 2007
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

For Cory Kalanick, business is personal. A public finance attorney who works primarily in affordable housing and education, Cory sometimes sees friends, family, and himself in those he helps.

Cory represents governmental entities, including the State of Colorado; state and local governments; numerous state and local housing authorities; special districts; and other political subdivisions, as well as underwriters and lenders, in public finance transactions, election law, constitutional law, and economic development matters in Colorado and around the Rocky Mountain West.

He serves as the lead bond counsel to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) in connection with its multifamily housing and conduit bond programs. Cory has worked with CHFA and other housing authorities, including the Denver Housing Authority, to develop innovative methods to conserve and manage volume cap resources, including through local government transfers, statewide balance applications through DOLA, and volume cap recycling. In the past five years alone, his work with CHFA and other housing authorities has resulted in more than 5,700 new or preserved affordable housing units for families, seniors, veterans, at-risk youth, and other homeless populations across Colorado, and he is now working with the newly formed Middle-Income Housing Authority.

In addition, Cory serves as outside general counsel to the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority (CECFA) to assist CECFA in its mission of providing tax-exempt financing for cultural and educational institutions, including charter schools, universities, museums, public media, and other institutions.

Cory has worked with many other public finance clients throughout the bond issuance process and has provided legal advice regarding applicable federal and state securities and tax laws in connection with the issuance and refinancing of public debt. He has worked on the financing and refinancing of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, qualified small issue manufacturers, schools, universities, public transportation systems, water and wastewater facilities, hospitals, community and cultural centers, and public safety facilities.

His experience also includes working closely with the State Treasurer’s office in service as bond counsel to the State of Colorado in connection with multiple issuances of General Fund Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (GTRANs).

Cory is a trusted, reliable, and responsive advocate for his clients. He is easy to work with and makes it his mission to make his clients’ experience as carefree as possible.

Within the firm, Cory is seen as a leader and mentor. He is the associate coordinator and oversees the firm’s associates across offices and practice groups, and also serves on the firm’s pro bono committee.

As a first-generation college and law student who grew up in a low-income background, Cory has first-hand knowledge of the importance of access to affordable housing and education as a means for moving up the socioeconomic ladder and dedicates his work to helping others achieve the same opportunities he had. He has dedicated his career to paying it forward.

Cory previously interned in the British House of Commons and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He is also active in the community, having recently completed a 6-year term as board treasurer for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES). Prior to his term as board treasurer, he was a mentor at East High School. He is also an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and Housing Colorado and is a frequent presenter on panels related to multifamily housing bonds and volume cap issues for both organizations. He has also been part of efforts for the Colorado Lawyers Committee (Election Task Force, Housing Task Force, and Nonprofit Clinic), as well as the Legal Aid Foundation.


  • Has worked on the financing or refinancing of schools, public transportation systems, housing projects, water and wastewater facilities, hospitals, community and cultural centers and public safety amenities.
  • Handles matters for clients including drafting ballot language and works with local governments through the bond issuing process.
  • Provides legal advice regarding applicable federal and state securities and tax laws in connection with the issuance and refinancing of public debt.
  • Experience in corporate finance, private equity placements, and corporate governance.

Publications & Presentations




  • State of the State: Private Activity Bonds
    Housing Colorado’s Annual Conference Panels | 2019-2023
  • Multifamily Housing – Introduction and Advanced Topics National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys Workshop | 2018-2019, 2023
  • Private Activity Bonds: Post-Issuance Compliance
    CHFA Reach, Webinars | 2022-2023
  • Private Activity Bonds Overview
    Colorado Affordable Housing Study Group | 2023
  • The Colorado Bond Market: Tax-Exempt BondsColorado CDFA Financing Roundtable, Panel | May 18, 2016
  • Current Developments in Municipal Finance
    Panel, Rubin Brown Public Sector Seminar | February 5, 2016
  • It’s A Trap! How to Navigate the World of Opinion Letters
    Colorado Municipal League’s 2013 Annual Seminar on Municipal Law | October 11, 2013

Professional Activities

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Associate Coordinator, Sherman & Howard
  • Past Colorado Lawyers Committee, Housing Task Force and Election Task Force
  • Past Legal Aid Foundation Associates Advisory Board
  • Past board treasurer, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School
  • Past Member, Infrastructure for Cities and States Working Group, Clinton Global Initiative America
  • Past officer, Denver Young Democrats
  • Past Mentor, East High School A+ Angels Program
  • Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Faith Leader Program (2019-2020)
  • Colorado Affordable Housing Study Group, Class of 2019
  • Past treasurer, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (2015-2021)
  • Past board member, Colorado Blue Flower Fund (2014-2017)


  • Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, Denver (2024)
  • Denver Business Journal, 40 Under 40 (2023)
  • Housing Colorado Conference – Recognized for being a panelist on a highly attended session (2022)
  • Downtown Denver Expeditionary School – Award to Honor service to the Board of Education (2021)
  • Sherman & Howard Citizenship Award (2017)
  • Law Week Colorado, “Up and Coming Lawyer,” Colorado (2016)