Mr. Widoff is a Partner and Co-General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, he was a Managing Director, Chief Legal Officer at Black Creek Group, where he oversaw the legal, compliance and internal audit departments and provided strategic guidance on transactions, growth initiatives and company operations. Previously, he was a Partner at Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, where he was active in the management of the firm and oversaw an integrated team serving clients primarily in the commercial real estate business. Mr. Widoff was a chair of the board of commissioners for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority during his ten years of service to the organization. Mr. Widoff is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he teaches a course on commercial real estate transactions. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the U.S. subsidiary of a publicly traded Canadian oil and gas company, Enerplus Resources. He is an alumnus of Leadership Denver, a premier leadership program for the region, and has served on many charitable and community boards during his career. Mr. Widoff holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Trinity University in Economics and Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was named to the Order of the Coif.