Adrienne Bell's first year at Holland & Hart LLP

22 June 2019

Adrienne Bell is enjoying her first year as a partner at Holland & Hart LLP.

Bell’s practice focuses on commercial real estate and urban planning, including renewable energy development and financing. She has a master’s degree in urban planning, worked in development for several years before going to law school, and currently serves on the Salt Lake City planning commission.

“My days vary tremendously,” Bell said. “There’s always a lot going on, a lot to juggle.”

Bell, a CREW Utah member since 2012, was voted in as a partner at the end of last year. She is the first woman in her Salt Lake office’s real estate group to be named a partner, a reflection of what has historically been a male-dominated industry.

“You are often times the only woman in meetings and whatnot. It’s true with the clients we work with, as well as opposing counsel,” Bell said. “It’s changing, but it’s not uncommon to be the only woman on a call or in a meeting.”

Bell credits CREW Utah with giving her a strong network of professional contacts.

“It’s so refreshing to actually be in a room full of 50 professional women all in real estate, given that we are so frequently not working together – those across the table from us are not women,” she said. “It’s just a nice group of people, and I’ve gotten to be pretty good friends with some of the CREW members.”

Bell has worked with Rio Tinto Kennecott to sell the Daybreak Community, as well as numerous renewable energy developers. More recently she has been working with the developer of the convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

“The hotel itself will truly be integrated with the convention center, and it will be a good amenity for supporting the mission of the convention center,” Bell said.