Mike Smith is a member of the firm's energy and natural resources practice. He represents water and wastewater utilities, project developers, mining companies, oil and gas companies, lenders, investors, and nonprofits in compliance counseling, transactions, and various stages of civil, criminal, and administrative litigation spanning a wide variety of complex natural resources matters. His experience includes projects involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and a broad range of state and local laws and regulations encompassing water rights, water quality, protected species, land use, historic preservation, solid waste, floodplains, eminent domain, and administrative law. Mike also has experience drafting and negotiating agreements and key documents for clients and working closely with federal, state, and local agencies.
Mike maintains a diverse pro bono practice that includes representing veterans and military service members in litigation, representing nonprofit entities in litigation and negotiation of easements, and assisting various nonprofits with their formation, governance, and operations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mike worked as a law clerk at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Colorado Governor’s Office. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and as a student attorney in the Georgetown Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic.
Mike is a former infantry Captain in the U.S. Army, where he served two combat tours in Iraq. Using his fluency in French, Mike also briefly served as a Peace Support Operations Trainer in two African countries to support peacekeeping missions in Somalia.