Diana Godwin Ettlinger

Counsel Member

Aspen, Colorado

Phone: 970.300.0120


[email protected]


  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law (1994)
    • Editor, DU Journal of International Law and Policy
    • Bureau of National Affairs Award
  • B.A., University of Colorado Denver (1991)
    • Summa cum laude
  • Fluency in Spanish

Diana Godwin Ettlinger has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and companies in real estate transactions, development and leasing, corporate and business matters.

In addition to her real estate practice, she advises clients regarding trademark protection and registration. She also assists homeowners and homeowner associations with creating, updating, understanding and complying with governing documents and Colorado laws affecting Common Interest Communities. She also represents Special Districts with statutory compliance, elections, budgeting and audit matters. Diana spent several years of her practice focusing primarily on water right protection and development, and this background provides added insight when she is involved in land transactions involving water. Having spent the first five years in practice in the courtroom litigating a broad variety of disputes, her experience with litigation matters equips her to anticipate problems and structure transactions to avoid the issues and costs involved in resolving disputes.


  • Development, purchase and sale of residential properties ranging from $150,000 to $36,500,000.
  • Development and sales of 330-lot subdivision, golf course, hotel and wine club in Salta, Argentina.
  • Easements, transactions, leasing, development and redevelopment of commercial and residential ski resort properties.
  • Redevelopment of two hotels in western Colorado ski resort.
  • Commercial leasing for ski resort shopping center.
  • Licensing, protection, registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property.
  • Homeowner association governance matters and statutory compliance.
  • Metropolitan Special District in Pitkin County Colorado governance and statutory compliance.

Publications & Presentations

  • An Opportunity for Industrialized Countries to Clean Up Their Acts (comment)
    The Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous wastes, 22 Den. J. Intl L. & Pol’y, 193 | 1993

Professional Activities

  • Pitkin County Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Aspen Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Alpine Legal Services, Board of Directors
  • Burlingame Ranch Affordable Housing Association, Inc., former President and board member
  • Burlingame Ranch I Condominium Association, former President
  • Midland Park Condominium Association, former President
  • Colorado Rural Legal Services, former attorney