The effective practice of environmental law demands more than knowledge of the mazes created by regulation and legislation. It requires the ability to see the opportunities in that regulation; a sense of the regulatory and political climate; a sensitivity to community attitudes; and both the judgment and the readiness to insist upon the right of a business to operate profitably within the boundaries of the law.

The Firm’s environmental lawyers represent significant commercial endeavors in discrete transactions, in regulatory proceedings, and, where necessary to perfect that right, in litigation. Our environmental lawyers work closely with Firm lawyers expert in natural resources, real estate, general business practice, and litigation. We represent large multi-national corporations, independent developers, publicly-held companies, ski areas, oil and gas companies, mining ventures, and land owners. Laws and regulation at both state and federal levels make this field one requiring considerable expertise; the Firm's environmental lawyers enjoy an outstanding reputation. The Firm advises clients not merely on Colorado matters; but on issues arising throughout the Rocky Mountain west and in other states.

Business and Property Transactions. The Firm’s work includes due diligence investigations, drafting and negotiation of documentation, strategic planning and dealing with operational issues that arise in client’s day-to-day business operations. The Firm advises clients in the acquisition, development and disposition of contaminated property.

Regulatory Compliance and Permitting Strategies. The Firm advises clients on environmental compliance issues arising under federal and state environmental laws. Firm lawyers have experience with the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Endangered Species Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and their state law counterparts. Our experience includes environmental rule-making and litigation. We frequently counsel clients on environmental permitting strategies, and help clients obtain and defend environmental permits that authorize their actions.

Environmental Litigation. Firm lawyers have considerable experience with state and federal court litigation and appeals involving environmental issues. Our experience is described in more detail in the “Litigation” section.

Institutional Controls. The Firm has significant experience in the creation, implementation and enforcement of institutional controls for contaminated properties. The Firm’s work includes working with federal, state and local authorities as well as private property owners with respect to both public and private institutional controls.