Energy, Environment & Resource Strategies - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Today, energy and natural resource projects face complicated, uncertain and challenging reviews by both government and communities. Our Energy, Environment and Resources Strategies (EERS) Group brings together bipartisan senior policy advisors and attorneys who can drive these highly complex matters within all three branches of government to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.

The EERS Group focuses on complex matters that require a multi-disciplined approach to legal, lobbying and strategic services. Collaboratively, the group brings a unique combination of skill and previous federal experience to deliver policy outcomes, project approvals or legal decisions on matters related to energy, the environment and natural resources.

The group provides critical expertise to companies, state agencies, associations, nonprofits and other organizations in the energy, natural resources and environmental space.Areas of focus include oil and natural gas, infrastructure development, project development, public lands and permitting, environmental policy, the Endangered Species Act, energy policy, water policy, mining and Indian law.

With collective insights gathered from decades of experience working as decision makers across various federal agencies, we know how to best position clients before Congress, federal administrative agencies and the courts. Members of the EERS Group have held key positions in which they developed, implemented and defended major policies, including serving as chief legal officers at the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), decision makers within the Interior and the EPA and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and senior congressional staff and legislative strategists.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully represented oil and gas trade association in federal district court matter related to the Endangered Species Act, resulting in dismissal of the underlying action.

  • On behalf of a collation of Colorado water districts, was successful in having federal legislation passed that secures approximately $3 million in annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs. (PL. 112-270).

  • Brownstein is collaborating with a greenfield mining company to implement an infrastructure development program that minimizes the length of time necessary to complete the state and federal permitting process.

  • Given its significant experience related to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Brownstein was selected to provide strategic direction to a major national nonprofit foundation regarding the proposed determination of whether the African lion is an endangered species as defined by the Endangered Species Act.

  • Brownstein is working alongside one of the largest federal water contractors in the United States to ensure that its members have a long-term dependable supply of water to meet project purposes.

  • Represented a uranium mining company in obtaining NEPA approval and to address federal and state stipulations regarding the Sage Grouse. Brownstein is working closely with the company to make sure that federal and state regulations are reasonable and permit ongoing production.

  • Successfully represent a non-profit entity in Endangered Species Act listing litigation.

  • Represent one of the largest water districts in the State of Arizona in connection with the NEPA review of a coal-fire powered plant.

  • Provide federal representation to a major western water district in connection with a dispute over the Department of the Interior’s management of the district’s water supply.

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Meet The Team

David Longly Bernhardt Shareholder T 202.296.7353 dbernhardt@bhfs.com
Lawrence J. Jensen Shareholder T 202.747.0509 ljensen@bhfs.com
Ryan A. Smith Shareholder T 202.747.0507 rsmith@bhfs.com
Elizabeth M. Gore Policy Director T 202.872.5296 egore@bhfs.com
Jon Hrobsky Policy Director T 202.872.5294 jhrobsky@bhfs.com
Luke D. Johnson Policy Director T 202.747.0513 ldjohnson@bhfs.com
William J. McGrath Shareholder T 202.383.4703 wmcgrath@bhfs.com