Energy & Natural Resources - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is your guide to the complex, ever changing legal environment that surrounds energy and natural resources. Today, businesses in almost every industry face complex legal challenges from increasing regulatory oversight, growing public scrutiny and new environmental laws. With nationally respected practitioners in water, energy, hazardous waste, land use and renewable energy, we deliver the legal services required to balance prosperity and environmental responsibility.

Our attorneys practice in virtually every area of natural resource law and bring superlative legal skills, extensive experience in Washington, D.C., and valuable relationships developed from years of practice to navigate the most complex natural resource matters. We routinely represent resource users, public agencies and utilities, manufacturers, mining and extraction companies, large landowners and developers in all aspects of their business. We also counsel associations, nonprofits and others organizations in the energy, natural resources and environmental space. Regardless of industry, we take a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together legal, lobbying and strategic services.

David Longly Bernhardt 202.296.7353
Scott S. Slater 310.500.4600
Representative Matters
  • Successfully represented the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in litigation against Lafayette, Fort Collins, and Longmont regarding bans or moratoria on hydraulic fracturing activities, prevailing on summary judgment in each matter. This litigation involved precedent-setting issues pertaining to state versus local preemption of oil and gas activities, and culminated in two rulings by the Colorado Supreme Court striking down Longmont's ban and For Collin's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

  • Successfully represented a large oil and gas company in a high profile regulatory proceeding before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regarding potential violations related to the company's deep water injection wells and low-level earthquakes in the region. This work included assisting the company in obtaining permits for new deep water injection wells.

  • Represented Noble Energy and WPX Energy in opposing potential state-wide ballot initiatives impacting oil and gas operations. This work included devising a legal and government relations strategy to oppose twelve different ballot measures.

  • Representation of a national solar module manufacturer in connection with tax incentives on a solar photovoltaic project in Clark County, Nevada

  • Represented Recovery Energy, Inc. in its purchase of 19 working wells in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Also represented Recovery Energy, Inc in a $23 million equity private placement.

  • Successfully represented Madison Capital in an oil and gas case involving properties in Colorado and New Mexico.

  • Represented a large, multi-state cattle ranching operation in obtaining a favorable ruling from the IRS regarding a split-off of the business between family members.

  • Represented Aspect Abundant Shale, a Denver-based energy and natural resources company, in its $250 million sale of two natural gas wells in Arkansas to a Texas-based oil and natural gas company.

  • Successfully defended Trans-Canada Pipeline, a large Canadian pipeline company, in a gas transportation antitrust case in Federal Court in Montana. Paladin Associates v. Montana Power et al.

  • Provided land use and CEQA compliance advice to the first wind project in Santa Barbara County.

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Meet The Team

Peter N. Brown Shareholder T 805.882.1401
Beth Collins-Burgard Shareholder T 805.882.1419
Diane C. De Felice Shareholder T 310.500.4613
Mark J. Mathews Shareholder T 303.223.1179
David Longly Bernhardt Shareholder T 202.296.7353
Hank Brown Senior Counsel T 303.223.1177
Alicia Harrison Land Use Planner T 805.882.1442
Jena Shoaf Acos Associate T 805.882.1427
Robert P. Attai Shareholder T 303.223.1271
Steven A. Amerikaner Shareholder T 805.882.1407
Chris Frahm Shareholder T 619.702.6917
Hubert A. Farbes, Jr. Shareholder T 303.223.1186
Jessica L. Diaz Associate T 805-882-1416
Michael T. Fife Shareholder T 805.882.1453
Martha L. Fitzgerald Shareholder T 303.223.1472
Wayne F. Forman Shareholder T 303.223.1120
Bradley J. Herrema Shareholder T 310.500.4609
Christopher R. Guillen Associate T 310.500.4633
Christine A. Jochim Associate T 303.223.1163
Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak Shareholder T 303.223.1184
Dylan K. Johnson Associate T 805.882.1413
Gary M. Kvistad Shareholder T 805.882.1414
John A. Helfrich Of Counsel T 303.223.1206
Kenneth Khachigian Senior Partner T 949.498.3879
Lawrence J. Jensen Shareholder T 202.747.0509
Stephanie Osler Hastings Shareholder T 805.882.1415
Andrew L. Meyers Shareholder T 303.223.1193
Wendy U. Nwosu Law Clerk T 805.882.1411
Russell M. McGlothlin Shareholder T 805.882.1418
Amy M. Steinfeld Shareholder T 805.882.1409
Hillary H. Steenberge Associate T 805.882.1432
Hal Stratton Shareholder T 505.724.9596
Julia E. Rhine Associate T 303.223.1279
Jonathan C. Sandler Shareholder T 310.564.8672
Lauren E. Schmidt Shareholder T 303.223.1207
Michael P. Smith Associate T 303.223.1150
Ronda L. Sandquist Shareholder T 303.223.1191
Robert J. Saperstein Shareholder T 805.882.1417
Ryan A. Smith Shareholder T 202.747.0507
Susan F. Petrovich Shareholder T 805.882.1405
Steven O. Sims Shareholder T 303.223.1149
Scott S. Slater Shareholder T 310.500.4600
Carolynne C. White Shareholder T 303.223.1197
Lawrence W. Treece Shareholder T 303.223.1257
Ryan Waterman Shareholder T 619.702.7569
Kara Kenfield Paralegal T 303.223.1485
Margaret H. Cawthra Paralegal T 303.223.1358
Patricia L. Davis Paralegal T 303.223.1344
Shirley M. Newman Paralegal T 303.223.1376
Jon Hrobsky Policy Director T 202.872.5294
Luke D. Johnson Policy Director T 202.747.0513