Troy A. Eid - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Troy A. Eid

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 303-572-6521

Troy A. Eid, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, is a principal shareholder in the firm's Denver office. He has wide-ranging experience in complex federal, state and tribal litigation at the administrative, trial and appellate court level.

Mr. Eid also handles a wide range of sensitive commercial transactions and disputes that require statutory, regulatory or administrative approval. Recent examples include:

  • Spearheading the statutory review and community participation process to enable the successful purchase and sale of major hospitals and medical systems under state law, becoming a ‘public face’ and spokesperson for the transaction.
  • Representing the operators of interstate natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure construction projects, coordinating environmental and cultural resource reviews, Native American tribal employment, construction-monitoring, and outreach, and right-of way negotiations on public and private lands.
  • Advising public employee pension funds on the proposed privatization of state departments and agencies.
  • Negotiating a judicial consent decree, on behalf of a multi-national corporation, to settle the largest environmental enforcement action ever filed by the U.S. government under the storm water provisions of the Clean Water Act.
  • Advising tribal governments on achieving the effective compliance of their law enforcement, judicial, and social service systems with applicable federal laws and regulations.
  • Counseling various natural resource and environmental remediation clients in complying effectively with federal, state and tribal civil and criminal investigations.

The common thread is a business deal or dispute with many moving parts where Mr. Eid coordinates a diverse team to accomplish a result requiring approval through a public process. His skills running a large public law firm as a U.S. Attorney, and previously as the head of Colorado's 70,000-employee civil service system and as an in-house general counsel in private business, equip him for such inter-disciplinary challenges.

Mr. Eid co-chairs the firm's American Indian Law Practice Group, one of the top-rated in the United States by the Chambers USA guide. Chambers features Mr. Eid in both American Indian law and environmental law/natural resources, and he is also listed in Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his law practice with the firm, Mr. Eid currently serves as the Chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission, which advises President Obama and the Congress on criminal justice and public safety issues concerning 566 federally recognized Indian tribes and nations throughout the country. Mr. Eid, who was appointed as Colorado's U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush, was appointed to the Commission by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and unanimously elected Chairman by its members.

Mr. Eid's recent awards include "Lawyer of the Year" by Law Week Colorado (2011), in recognition of his role in the $1.45 billion sale of the HealthONE hospital system, and "Member of the Year" by the Navajo Nation Bar Association (2012), the largest bar that directly serves an Indian nation. He has also been honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, the National Congress of American Indians, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

An Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, Mr. Eid has recently published articles, testified before Congress, and appeared on C-SPAN and elsewhere on a wide range of legal and law enforcement topics, ranging from American Indian law and policy to the regulation of marijuana and narcotics.

Mr. Eid graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Stanford UniversityAB 1986University of ChicagoJ.D. 1991
Mesa Verde National Park FoundationUniversity of Colorado School of LawU.S. Indian Law and Order CommissionTesoro FoundationNavajo Nation Bar Association Training Committee

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Hualapai Indian Tribe
  • Navajo Nation
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Areas of Concentration
  • Litigation 
  • American Indian law 
  • Energy and natural resources 
  • Environmental law 
  • Regulatory compliance 
  • Investigations 
  • Dispute resolution 
  • Governmental affairs 
  • Crisis management
Significant Representations

  • Represented the nation’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline company in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits in several challenges by Indian tribes and non-governmental organizations to pipeline construction activity on federal non-tribal public lands, including claims arising under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). 
  • On behalf of a leading energy company, negotiated extensive off-site mitigation agreements with Indian tribes and nations to accelerate project construction, and mitigate construction damage, to various cultural resources on non-tribal federal public lands identified by tribal governments, during the government-to-government consultations process pursuant to Section 106 of the NHPA, as sacred to tribal members. 
  • Served as chief litigation counsel to one of the world’s largest corporations in a Clean Water Act (CWA) storm-water enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), settling the case and negotiating a national consent decree in federal court. 
  • Acted as seller’s counsel in the proposed $1.45 billion sale of The Colorado Health Foundation’s equity interest in the HealthOne Medical System, which includes seven Denver-area acute-care hospitals. 
Part 2
  • Represented a tribal government’s oil and gas commission in seeking federal administrative enforcement of mineral-leasing obligations by a private oil and gas exploration company operating on the tribe’s lands. 
  • Negotiated a tribal monitoring agreement on an energy company’s behalf to enable Native American tribal members to monitor construction-related activities on non-tribal public and private land within the tribe’s traditional homelands. 
  • Served as litigation co-counsel, in federal and tribal court, to a private developer facing a purported eminent-domain action by a tribal government against a non-Indian property interest. 
  • Provided counsel to a coalition of energy-producing Indian tribes and nations seeking to amend federal law to encourage energy exploration and development on Native American lands. 
  • Advised various oil and gas exploration companies on compliance with Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TEROs) imposed and enforced by Native American tribal governments. 
  • Served as litigation counsel to a private developer in related tribal and federal court actions against an Indian tribe and a tribal enterprise stemming from a major tourism facility joint venture on tribal lands. 
  • Counseled a state oil and gas trade association on compliance with energy-related taxation on Indian lands. 
Part 3
  • Represented an energy company as litigation counsel in a federal lawsuit involving the valuation of energy right-of-way on Indian allotted lands. 
  • Defended an environmental remediation company in tribal and federal workplace safety enforcement actions. 
  • Served as litigation counsel to an oil and gas exploration and production company in a mineral-leasing assignment lawsuit against a tribal government in tribal court, as well as a related federal administrative proceeding. 
  • Worked with energy companies and a Native American tribal government to develop a joint strategy for addressing proposed federal environmental regulations on and near the tribe’s reservation. 
  • Counseled an energy company on ensuring compliance with an Indian tribe’s new Superfund law. 
  • Served as legal counsel to an Indian tribe in state and federal re-licensure and related regulatory proceedings relating to a uranium mill on nearby lands. 
  • Represented an energy company in a federal lawsuit against various federal agencies involving former uranium mill sites, with claims arising under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Uranium Mill Tailings Reclamation and Control Act (UMTRCA). 
  • Assisted an international mining company in addressing a Native American tribal governmental ban on uranium mining and processing.
Part 4
  • Developed a tribal outreach program for a privately held company that provides federally funded visiting nursing and home health-care services to seriously ill uranium miners and millers on Indian reservations in the Four Corners states. 
  • Appointed by an Indian tribe as "Independent Investigator" to uncover an alleged election fraud and vote-buying scheme in Tribal Council elections and determine whether the tribe’s criminal laws were violated. 
  • Served as counsel to an Indian tribal government in a civil rights investigation into denial of emergency medical services to tribal members at an off-reservation hospital. 
  • Developed a compliance plan for a company seeking to operate non-gaming equipment in a tribally owned and operated casino. 

Client Comments

"Troy is an expert in Tribal Law and has provided excellent support."

Office Location

The Tabor Center, Suite 2400
1200 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
United States

Practice Areas

Native American Law
Natural Resources Law

Other Information

Gender: Male