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Rebecca Lynne Burnham

Rebecca Lynne Burnham represents real estate interests in connection with the acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments, as well as legislative and public policy matters pertaining to economic development and land use.


  • Acquisition, planning, development, financing, operation and sale of real estate developments of all types with an emphasis on master plans and mixed-use development
  • Entitlements including pre-annexation and development agreements
  • Infrastructure planning and finance
  • Construction including alternative construction methods
  • Economic development incentives
  • State trust lands
  • State legislation (land use, infrastructure finance, economic development, state trust lands)



  • Represented developers of master planned and mixed-use developments, including coordination of consultants and others, in connection with acquisition, entitlement, financing and development matters (including land ownership structures and participation agreements; pre-annexation and development agreements; infrastructure finance strategies and terms including community facilities and other special taxing districts, impact fees and joint development agreements; intergovernmental and other agreements for public infrastructure and services ; governance structure and owner associations; sales and leases to commercial, retail, homebuilder, resort and other users; and compliance and relationships with state and local regulatory bodies).
  • Represented planning permittees and prospective purchasers and lessees of state trust land, including negotiating the terms of planning permits, long-term ground leases and infrastructure agreements.
  • Represented developers of urban development and redevelopment projects, including coordination of consultants and others, in connection with acquisition, entitlement, financing and development matters (including development agreements, economic development incentives, infrastructure finance, utility agreements, construction agreements, reciprocal easement and maintenance agreements; governance structure and owners associations; compliance with state and local regulatory bodies; and sales and leases to end users).
  • Represented real estate interests, including industry associations, in connection with legislative initiatives relating to land use, economic development and infrastructure finance, state trust land reform and military airport land-use compatibility.

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Burnham prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 1998-2021
  • Listed, AZ Business Leaders, Real Estate, 2015, 2017-2020
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2005-2020
    • "Senior Statesmen," 2020
  • Listed, AZ Business magazine, 2012-2019
    • "Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona," 2016-2019
    • "Most Influential Women in Arizona," 2016
    • "Top Real Estate Lawyers in Arizona," 2014-2016
    • "Most Influential Business Leaders," 2013
    • "50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business," 2012
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2020
    • "Top 25 Women Lawyers in Arizona," 2013-2018 and 2020
    • "Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arizona," 2007-2010, 2013, 2015, and 2020
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017-2018
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Real Estate and Construction - Real Estate, 2014-2015
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal - "The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers," 2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2013 and 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2014
  • Featured, Commercial Executive magazine, "Legends of Law," 2014
  • Rated, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Chairman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc., Board of Directors, 2007-2018
  • Board Member, Child Crisis Arizona Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA), Board of Directors
  • Member, Scholars Selection Committee, Flinn Foundation, 2014 and 2016
  • Member, International Women's Forum / Arizona Women's Forum
  • Member, ASU Foundation, Women and Philanthropy Program
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Member, Fighter Country Partnership (Luke AFB)
  • Member, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
  • Urban Land Institute Arizona
    • Member, Advisory Board 
    • Member, District Council
  • Member, Valley Leadership (Class VII)
  • Member, Valley of the Sun United Way, Tocqueville Society


  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 1980
    • Roscoe Pound Award
    • Order of the Barrister
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 1977
  • Arizona