Andrew L. "Andy" Spielman

Andrew L. "Andy" Spielman

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Recognized since 2016

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas

Energy Law

Environmental Law

Natural Resources Law

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Preeminent natural resources attorney. Obtains and defends development approvals for energy, mining and recreation industries. Executive level experience in the ski industry.

Andrew Spielman is a widely respected energy, public lands and natural resources lawyer assisting with policy and regulatory issues involved in developing new facilities, as well as in the public land use and environmental permitting process. Committed to client success, Andy helps navigate the cyclical nature of the energy industry. He represents ski areas; wind, solar and transmission developers; mining; and oil and gas companies in the public land use and environmental permitting process before governments across the nation. He helps private entities understand what it will take to get public agency approval.

A leader in the legal industry as well as the energy industry, Andy is the former director of the Future of Oil & Gas Initiative at the Colorado School of Mines' Payne Institute of Public Policy. He has also served in senior positions at the EPA, including special assistant to EPA's administrator, and as chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Colorado Regional Air Quality Council. Previously he was chief operating officer and general counsel for the parent company of ski operations in Colorado and Alaska. Prior to that he served as chair of WilmerHale's Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice and was co-partner-in-charge of the Denver office.


  • 410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
    Denver, CO 80202-4432


  • Spanish


  • University of Pennsylvania , MGA, graduated 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania , BA, graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Hawaii State Bar Association


  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission - Vice Chair
  • Colorado Regional Air Quality Council - Chairman
  • Colorado State Land Board - Special Assistant Attorney General
  • National Parks Conservation Association - Chair
  • Public Lands Committee of the National Ski Areas Association - Member
  • Southwest Advisory Counsel - Chair

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law


  • Named to the Denver Business Journal's 2015 list of Who's Who in Energy
  • Named by 5280 Magazine as a 2015 and 2016 Top Lawyer for environmental law
  • Ranked in the 2008-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of natural resources and environment
  • Named the Best Renewable Energy Lawyer - Barrister's Best/People's Court in 2009 and 2012-2014 by Law Week Colorado
  • Selected by clients and peers as being among the world's leading energy lawyers in the 2012-2014 editions of Who's Who Legal
  • Named "50 for the Future" by the Colorado Statesman in 2007
  • Named to the Denver Business Journal's 2006 "Forty Under 40" list
  • Recipient of the 1994 Reinvention Award by the Vice President's National Performance Review
  • Selected as a 1990 Presidential Management Fellow


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