Denise W. Killebrew


Baker Donelson
420 20th Street North
Suite 1400
Birmingham, AL 35203

Tel: 205.250.8320


Ms. Killebrew represents real estate developers in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of real estate, including land use planning and the structuring of alternative financing, capital stacks and joint venture vehicles.

Ms. Killebrew also has years of experience in the development, finance and management of senior housing and in retail development and leasing both for shopping center developers and national retailers. She chairs the Firm’s Real Estate/Finance Group and has served as managing shareholder of the Firm’s Birmingham office as well as a member of the Firm’s board of directors.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed since 2010 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Real Estate lawyer
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1999 in the area of Real Estate Law; Land Use and Zoning Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law (2023)
  • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers in Real Estate Law (2008 – 2015)
  • Named by B-Metro Magazine‘s as one of “Birmingham’s Top Women Lawyers” (2016, 2017, 2020, 2022)
  • Named by B-Metro Magazine‘s as a “Top Flight Attorney” (2018)
  • Named by Birmingham magazine as one of “Birmingham’s Top Attorneys” in Commercial Real Estate (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Named to the Birmingham Business Journal‘s “Best of the Bar” List (2021)
  • Associate Member – International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member – Alabama State Bar, Virginia State Bar
  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Mary Baldwin College, B.A., 1980, cum laude
  • Alabama, 1993
  • Virginia, 1985
Baker Donelson’s Real Estate Group advises clients on a wide spectrum of real estate transactions, including developments, financings, single asset and portfolio sales and acquisitions, leasing, like-kind exchanges and title insurance.

No firm in the Southeast matches the “boots on the ground” experience and depth of resources offered by Baker Donelson’s Real Estate Group. With more than 80 real estate lawyers in 17 offices stretching from Houston to Washington, D.C. to Orlando, we are uniquely positioned to handle multi-state real estate and financing transactions for clients on a regional and national scale. We bring to large, complex transactions the speed, efficiency and responsiveness which only deep familiarity and experience that local real estate markets make possible.

As our clients’ transactions require, our real estate team has ready access within the Firm to comprehensive ancillary support and services often required by complex matters, including corporate and partnership tax law, federal, state and local tax, federal regulatory, environmental and state regulatory, corporate and securities, and land use and zoning.

For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.

Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.

Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 82nd largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments. Our diversity and women’s initiatives ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for our people, perspectives and experiences. Technology helps us operate more effectively and efficiently by providing instant access to client-specific information and other key resources.