Find Lawyers in Denver, Colorado for Environmental Law
Practice Area Overview
Environmental law involves an intricate matrix of federal and state public welfare statutes enacted to protect both human health and our natural resources. The economic and socio-geopolitical impact of these laws requires the practice of environmental law to continuously evolve. Areas of environmental law include the following:
The input and experience of an environmental lawyer is crucial in designing, supporting, and auditing environmental compliance systems. Environmental lawyers often participate in the administrative process on the federal and state level to encourage sound rulemaking. They also assist clients in sorting through regulatory ambiguities, which sometimes arise in enforcement proceedings.
Environmental litigation occurs at both the civil and criminal level. Enforcement proceedings with federal and state regulators are conducted through either administrative adjudications or in court. Most federal environmental statutes have citizen suit provisions allowing individuals to initiate enforcement litigation on behalf of the government. Suits contesting environmental permits and siting decisions occur frequently and can cause significant delays for projects. Superfund designations are a source of significant litigation, particularly in the cost recovery area. Other areas of environmental litigation include: toxic torts, natural resource damages, water rights disputes, brownfields, endangered species challenges, climate change, and groundwater contamination suits.
Environmental laws can significantly impact the economics of an M&A or real property transaction. If a facility does not have the entitlements to operate; has an expensive compliance issue that must be remedied; or has significant cleanup liability, it can materially alter the viability and/or structure of a deal. Clients depend on environmental lawyers to establish deal parameters and translate risks into economic terms for the valuation process.
Strategic Corporate Planning
Depending on how environmental regulations develop, a company could gain a significant economic advantage over its competitors. Evolving regulation in areas such greenhouse gas emissions have the potential of altering the business model of some companies, while creating growth opportunities for others.
Events such as the Deepwater Horizon accident are redefining the roles of senior executives and boards of directors. There is a new wave of internal controls that many corporations are implementing in response to regulatory and shareholder influence.
An environmental crisis such as an oil spill, toxic leak, or refinery explosion can be a defining moment in the history of a corporation. When a crisis hits, all aspects of environmental law come into play and requires experienced, clear-eyed counsel to help corporations, municipalities, and other impacted entities to successfully respond to and emerge from such an event.
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 proc...
Concentrates on oil and gas, environmental and land use law. Involved in many of the major disputes facing the energy industry in Colorado. Mark Mathews has successfully represented oil and gas and mining clients and real estate development companies in litigation and regulatory rulemakings concerning oil and gas preemption and royalty issues, hazardous waste contamination, enforcement of oil and gas regulations, zoning and development disputes and land use permitting issues. Mark is outside ...
Diverse experience managing environmental issues. Creates effective strategies for permitting of new or expanding projects. Develops innovative approaches to regulatory compliance. Ronda advises owners and developers of major projects on environmental and natural resource permitting, regulatory compliance and legislative issues—the scope, of which often trigger federal environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Leading technical and legal teams, she applie...
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 ene...
Jon is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Environmental practice groups, joining Senn Visciano Canges in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he was a shareholder at both Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, where he served on the Executive Committee, and Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C., where he was chair of the Business Department and served as Chief Executive Officer of that firm for seven years. Jon serves as outside general counsel for many clients, including a grocery chain, a casino, a food bro...
Accomplished lawyer providing legal guidance across numerous state and federal environmental, public lands and natural resource issues. Known for finding pragmatic solutions to complex problems. Has a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and operations. A widely respected environmental lawyer, Eric Waeckerlin employs a thoughtful, solution-oriented approach in resolving all stages of complex environmental permitting, enforcement, policy and regulatory matters. He represents clients...
Kristin represents energy and natural resource clients in various litigation and regulatory compliance matters related to project development on federal, state, and tribal lands. Kristin protects her clients’ interests by challenging federal agency regulations and permitting decisions, as well as defending project approvals. She also helps clients navigate complex federal and state regulatory processes, including obtaining the necessary authorizations to develop and maintain energy and ...
Natural resources attorney focused on public lands, energy and water. Emerging leader in energy and water law in Colorado. Bringing deep insights on federal energy and climate policy, Courtney Shephard counsels energy companies operating on federal lands on compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. She also advises on water supplies and water-related infrastructure projects and represents clients...
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