Chapman is general counsel at Stonebridge Cos.

He previously served as general counsel to venture fund Elevation Capital

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C.J. Chapman
C.J. Chapman

C.J. Chapman is the new general counsel of Denver-based hotel operator and developer Stonebridge Cos.  Chapman, who has nearly two decades of experience, will provide in-house legal advice for Stonebridge and also oversee the firm’s risk management group, a statement said.

A Denver native, Chapman also will become a shareholder in Stonebridge, according to the company. Previously, he served as general counsel to Elevation Capital, a venture fund based in Vancouver, Canada.

“I am excited to have C.J. join our team. His breadth of experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to Stonebridge,” said Tom Brinkman, president and chief operating officer of Stonebridge. “C.J.’s professionalism, broad experience in the commercial real estate sector and commitment to excellence is a perfect fit for the team and culture here at Stonebridge.”

Chapman served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to BellRock Brands Inc., a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which became public in November 2018. Earlier, he was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he practiced in its real estate and corporate departments.

His practice focused on the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and development of a host of commercial real estate assets, including hotels, multifamily and office buildings, sports complexes, shopping centers and vacant land. Chapman also advise private companies on corporate matters, including partnership agreements, formation of entities and general corporate governance, the statement added.

“I am elated to be joining the team at Stonebridge and being able to play a role in expanding its national portfolio of hotels,” said Chapman. “Their mission and steadfast commitment to Distinguished Hospitality sets them apart in the industry.”

Stonebridge, led by Navin Dimond as founder, CEO and chairman, recently hired Brinkman as president and chief operating officer. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to acquire more than $1 billion in hotel assets with a focus on third-party management opportunities with a recent investment by TowerBrook Capital Partners and other private investors.

In October, Stonebridge entered in the Las Vegas market with the acquisition of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Las Vegas Airport.