Rhine, Julia E.

Combining legal experience and a passion for nature, Julia Rhine focuses her practice on cases involving the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (“FLPMA”) and other matters subject to review under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”). Julia has advised clients on a range of natural resources matters involving private parties, governmental entities and Native American sovereigns.

Prior to joining the firm, Julia worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard P. Matsch and the Hon. John L. Kane of the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.

Representative Matters
  • Won a major ruling in Adams County District Court on behalf of client, Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). COGA and API jointly filed suit in October to overturn a number of oil and gas regulations adopted by the City of Thornton. Colorado District Court Judge Edward Moss ruled that many of Thornton’s regulations, including its setback regulations, were illegal and operationall preempted by state law.

  • • Successfully represented Extraction Oil and Gas in Boulder District Court against Boulder County’s challenge to Extraction’s leases. The Court ruled against Boulder’s theory that pooling restrictions in the leases precluded Extraction from pooling multiple leases, and held for Extraction on all points of law.

News & Events

Member, Wonderbound Board of Trustees and Development Committee

Attendance Mediation Workshops, Denver Public Schools

  • J.D., 2012, University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., 2008, with distinction, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado

Co-founder and co-chair, The Michigan Energy Law Association

Founder and co-chair, National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition


Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association