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Holland & Hart LLP


Holland & Hart LLP - Denver
  • 555 Seventeenth Street
  • Suite 3200
  • Denver
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202
  • Tel:+1 303 295 8000
  • Fax:+1 303 295 8261
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Thomas R O’Donnell
  • Senior Partner: John M Husband (Chair, Management Committee)
  • Number of partners: 222
  • Number of other lawyers: 230

Firm Overview:
Holland & Hart LLP delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national, and international clients of all sizes. Since its inception in 1947, Holland & Hart has grown into a full-service law firm of more than 450 lawyers in 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, DC. The firm stands out in its footprint based on the breadth and depth of experience it offers, and its client-driven culture is personalized, responsive, and innovative.

Main Areas of Practice:
Holland & Hart is home to nationally recognized practices such as corporate, including emerging growth,mergers and acquisitions and securities; the third-largest environmental practice in the country, according to Law360; energy and natural resources, including mining, for which US News – Best Lawyers recognized Holland & Hart as 2013 “Law Firm of the Year”; intellectual property; litigation; labor and employment; project development and finance; and tax, including employee benefits and private client work.

International Work:
Holland & Hart’s international practice represents clients involved in a broad range of transactions in most Latin American, Pacific Rim and European countries. These representations have included crossborder business transactions, international tax, international dispute resolution, export/import compliance, intellectual property protection overseas, immigration and naturalization, project finance and infrastructure development overseas, international real estate transactions, cross-border natural resources investments, labor and employment issues and avoided deforestation/carbon credits.

Holland & Hart represents businesses and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Holland & Hart’s clients include those with headquarters in the firm’s footprint, as well as companies doing business in the firm’s footprint and seeking the advantages Holland & Hart offers based on top-tier talent, local knowledge, and competitive rate structures. Clients benefit from the firm’s thorough knowledge and deep experience in industries as diverse as aerospace, agriculture, airlines, bioscience, clean technology, construction, energy, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, real estate, resorts and recreation, retail, technology, telecommunications and broadband, and water rights and quality, among others.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Business, Corporate, & Finance
  • Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate, Construction, & Development
  • Tax, Benefits, & Private Client


  • 600 East Main Street Aspen,
  • Suite 104,
  • Aspen,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 81611
  • Tel +1 970 925 3476
  • Fax +1 970 925 9367
  • One Boulder Plaza,
  • 1800 Broadway,
  • Suite 300,
  • Boulder,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80302-5234
  • Tel +1 303 473 2700
  • Fax +1 303 473 2720
  • 90 South Cascade Avenue,
  • Suite 1000,
  • Colorado Springs,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80903
  • Tel +1 719 475 7730
  • Fax +1 719 634 2461
  • 6380 South Fiddlers Green Circle,
  • Suite 500,
  • Greenwood Village,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80111
  • Tel +1 303 290 1600
  • Fax +1 303 290 1606
  • 975 F. Street NW,
  • Suite 900,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20004
  • Tel +1 202 393 6500
  • Fax +1 202 393 6551
  • U.S. Bank Plaza,
  • 101 South Capitol Boulevard ,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Boise,
  • Idaho
  • USA
  • ID 83702-7714
  • Tel +1 208 342 5000
  • Fax +1 208 343 8869
  • 401 North 31st Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • Billings,
  • Montana
  • USA
  • MT 59101-1277
  • Tel +1 406 252 2166
  • Fax +1 406 252 1669
  • 777 East William Street,
  • Suite 200,
  • Carson City,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89701
  • Tel +1 775 684 6000
  • Fax +1 775 684 6001
  • 9555 Hillwood Drive,
  • 2nd Floor,
  • Las Vegas,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89134
  • Tel +1 702 669 4600
  • Fax +1 702 669 4650
  • 5441 Kietzke Lane,
  • Second Floor,
  • Reno,
  • Nevada
  • USA
  • NV 89511
  • Tel +1 775 327 3000
  • Fax +1 775 786 6179
  • 110 North Guadalupe,
  • Suite 1,
  • Santa Fe,
  • New Mexico
  • USA
  • NM 87501
  • Tel +1 505 988 4421
  • Fax +1 505 983 6043
  • 222 South Main Street ,
  • Suite 2200,
  • Salt Lake City,
  • Utah
  • USA
  • UT 84101
  • Tel +1 801 799 5800
  • Fax +1 801 799 5700
  • 2515 Warren Avenue,
  • Suite 450,
  • Cheyenne,
  • Wyoming
  • USA
  • WY 82001-3162
  • Tel +1 307 778 4200
  • Fax +1 307 778 8175
  • 25 South Willow Street,
  • Suite 200,
  • PO Box 68,
  • Jackson,
  • Wyoming
  • USA
  • WY 83001
  • Tel +1 307 739 9741
  • Fax +1 307 739 9744

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

THE FIRM This well-established Colorado firm has a significant corporate team that advises on a wide variety of matters, including LBOs, acquisitions and the divesture of unwanted subsidiaries. Clients include United Launch Alliance, T3Media and SM Energy.

Sources say: "I was very impressed with Holland & Hart's responsiveness, dedication and diligence. I found the firm's approach to solving problems to be quite practical, and always with a view toward prompt resolution of issues in a cost-efficient manner."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Betty Arkell is well known for her work advising on venture capital investments, LBOs and M&A. Appreciative clients observe that "she always strives to understand what the customer needs and can pay for."

Christina Groll focuses on M&A, venture capital financings and private debt and equity financings. Sources note that "although she will ensure that the total picture is considered, she always returns to the key points that are critical to get the best outcome for her client."

Lucy Schlauch Stark maintains a broad practice advising clients on many issues relating to business transactions. She is noted for being "able to dive down in the details as needed, but she also always kept the big picture in mind."

Intellectual Property - Colorado

THE FIRM This respected Colorado firm maintains a broad practice that encompasses trademark and patent prosecution as well as transactional work. Clients are drawn from a wide variety of different industries, and include Photobucket.com, Interval International and Oracle.

Sources say: "Outstanding. The attention to detail is excellent, and I invariably receive analyses that incorporate issues I hadn't previously considered."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tracy Gray advises clients on a variety of different IP issues, such as portfolio development and management, trademark availability and protection of trade secrets. She is best known for her work for e-business clients and continues to advise Amgen on privacy matters.

Jane Michaels is an experienced litigator who defends her clients in cases involving patents, trademarks and trade secrets. Sources describe her as "very practical" and "accessible."

Scott Havlick is well known for his work in trademarks and domain names. He advises on both foreign and domestic matters, including enforcement, usage and protection strategies.

Donald Degnan focuses on protecting clients' IP rights through policing and enforcement. He continues to assist Server Technology with various patent strategy and litigation matters.

Andrea Anderson is noted for her work within trademarks and assists clients with all stages of trademarks, from creation to protection. Clients praise her "creative strategies" as well as her ability to "go after a particular business result."

Labor & Employment - Colorado

THE FIRM This substantial, market-leading practice represents employers in a variety of matters such as equal employment issues, class action claims, labor relations work as well as general labor litigation and advisory work. The team is also increasingly handling more ERISA work. Clients include international firms such as Rio Tinto and JPMorgan Chase and more regional companies such as Aspen Skiing Company.

Sources say: "Their work is outstanding. The attorneys provide value added business-oriented legal solutions. I appreciate the sound legal advice they provide and their willingness to take the time to understand my company's business and overall industry."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gregory Eurich "has an excellent reputation" for his work as a litigation specialist. A "wonderful and great lawyer," he handles cases involving claims of discrimination, collective bargaining agreements and wrongful discharge claims.

John Husband is "one of the best around for labor and employment" and helps clients on a broad range of issues including dealing with equal opportunity, occupational safety and affirmative action.

The "thoughtful and excellent" Jude Biggs is an experienced attorney who concentrates her practice on counseling work, although she also handles litigation matters. She is regularly retained to help clients anticipate and avoid workplace issues, and resolve them in cases where they have arisen. 

Jeffrey Johnson is in demand for his labor and employment litigation skills with one source commenting: "I've been uniformly impressed by his legal acumen, he is an excellent oral advocate. He keeps it short and sweet and is witty as well." Another commentator noted: "He does a great job of working with our company as a team and trying to find solutions to challenging issues."

Steve Gutierrez is a highly regarded litigator with a great depth of experience in juries trials and appeals. He also assists clients generally with practical advice with regard to compliance with both federal and state laws and best practice training on employment relationships.

Brian Mumaugh devotes much of his time to collective actions and is, according to one impressed source, "an outstanding labor and employment attorney who takes the time to not only understand the current matter, but how treatment of an individual matter impacts my company's overall labor and employment strategy."

Litigation - Colorado

THE FIRM This venerable Colorado firm is well regarded for its handling of general commercial litigation, and is particularly noted for its expertise in finance services litigation. Recent matters include acting for Bacterin International as plaintiff in a trade secrets and defamation case against a former employee. Clients include JPMorgan Chase, Chevron and United Airlines.

Sources say: "I appreciate that their in-depth knowledge and experience is enhanced by the firm's understanding of local customs and practices."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gregory Goldberg is "a great courtroom lawyer," say sources. He heads the firm's government investigations group.

James Hartley is "a very good tactician" with a "good strategic mind." He is recognized for his handling of antitrust and IP litigation pertaining to a wide range of industry sectors.

Jane Michaels led the team in the aforementioned work for Bacterin International. Sources say she is "an excellent trial attorney" and comment favorably on her "breadth of knowledge" and "skill in presenting a case."

Christopher Toll maintains a broad practice covering both general commercial and trade secrets work. He assisted in the work for Bacterin International.

Natural Resources - Colorado

THE FIRM This sizable team does the full range of natural resources work, from oil, gas and mining to brownfields development. On the environmental side of things the group is highly rated for its experience handling air, water and climate change issues.

Sources say: "They have strong ethics, a spirit of collaboration, and a zeal for delivering their clients’ aims." "They do a good job and they have excellent lawyers." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Phillips is an environmental litigator who is best known for his prowess on storm water and Superfund proceedings. Sources consider him to be both a "true gentleman" and also "collaborative, kind and wise."

Real Estate - Colorado

THE FIRM Holland & Hart has one of the most preeminent real estate groups in the region. It handles a wide variety of large-scale projects, ranging from new urban residential and office developments to major ski and golf resorts. The firm's prestigious client roster features well-known names such as Berkeley Homes, Shea Homes and Peak Properties & Development.

Sources say: "Holland & Hart is one of the finest law firms I've ever had the opportunity to work with." "Their attention to detail is impeccable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Benson elicits great respect from sources, who single out his exceptionally deep knowledge in the construction field. Today his focus is upon arbitrations and mediation work. A commentator said: "Everyone recognizes that he is a very experienced construction lawyer in Colorado and that prestige and respect also makes him more effective as a mediator."

Kevin Bridston is a sought after-construction law litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants. His expertise ranges from disputes about financial transactions to public works claims.

Rebecca Dow is an "extremely bright" commercial real estate lawyer. Sources appreciate the fact she is "a deal-maker, not an attorney who finds reasons to break deals up." She is also "very hard-working and responsive to client deadlines" and "works well under pressure."

Beat Steiner helps clients in the resorts industries, and is best known for his work on ski and golf resorts. He handles projects across the USA and internationally, and is praised for being able to "consistently provide productive solutions to the client."

Elizabeth Sharrer helps owners and investors monetize their commercial real estate assets across transactions, leasing, acquisitions and title matters. A source said: "She is incredibly diligent, reliable and knowledgeable in her field." She recently advised Shea Properties on the formation of a joint venture and sale of a large office building.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Idaho

THE FIRM This regional powerhouse boasts a full range of expertise in the bankruptcy and financial distress sphere. The bankruptcy and creditors' rights group recently acted for an unsecured creditor on a Chapter 11 action, and for major national banks as creditors on various multimillion-dollar matters. Partners at the firm have experience working on matters in relation to the dairy industry and insurance industry.

Sources say: "An exceptionally good experience - their work in Boise couldn't be improved!"

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "extremely reasonable, rational and easy to work with" Larry Prince continues to receive considerable praise from peers and clients. Highlights of recent work include numerous Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and high-value workouts. 

Robert Faucher is described as "a very disciplined thinker" who has experience representing creditors in a variety of industries. He has recently worked on a range of issues in bankruptcy and restructuring for major clients.

Corporate/Commercial - Idaho

THE FIRM This practice is respected both locally and nationally. Recent work highlights range from high-value asset sales and significant business restructuring to acting as general corporate counsel for a major company in the food and drink industry. Notable clients include IntelliScience and Marlin Equity.

Sources say: "They always provide outstanding work product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frederick Mack is described as a "high-caliber, excellent performer." His practice encompasses M&A, corporate governance and succession planning.

Brian Hansen is noted for his work on the sellers' side of transactions. "His strength is his pragmatic view, his steady hand under pressure and his capacity to undertake enormous amounts of work in a tight timeframe," enthuses one client.

The "outstanding" Larry Prince achieves high praise for his skills in financial distress issues but is also a keen corporate attorney. His clients include financial institutions and commercial lending companies.

Up-and-comer Nicole Snyder impresses clients and peers. She is recognized for her ability in M&A. Sources note that she "provides excellent legal advice and work product."

Labor & Employment - Idaho

THE FIRM This firm enters the labor and employment rankings this year following impressive feedback from its clients, who praise the team's high levels of service and deep subject expertise. The group has recently been involved in a range of disputes arising from wrongful termination, noncompetition agreements and fair labor standards. The firm also has a government investigations and white-collar defense practice, as an additional service linked to this sector.

Sources say: "They were outstanding, incredibly reliable, eager to tune to the business and provide the service we needed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Scott Randolph has a wealth of experience as a litigator, recently representing both employees and employers. His practice also includes counseling on employment issues. Clients describe him as "very thorough" and "so responsive."

Litigation - Idaho

THE FIRM This regional powerhouse maintains its preeminent position for litigation work. The Boise office has considerable litigation bench strength, demonstrating a breadth of experience across all manner of industries and legal issues. The team has particular expertise in a number of sectors, including employment, class actions, construction and lender liability. The firm's clients include key companies and organizations in the healthcare, transport and energy industries. Notable among these are Bingham Memorial Hospital, the Idaho Transportation Department and the Ada County Highway District.

Sources say: "The knowledge base at the firm is huge - they're absolutely fantastic!"

KEY INDIVIDUALS Key litigator Walter Bithell is a stalwart of the Idaho legal market. He has accrued decades of experience in various commercial disputes. "His expertise and breadth are notable strengths," says one source.

Newal Squyres also maintains a leading reputation in the state. As well as acting in significant disputes involving lender liability, he has a wealth of experience representing clients in employment litigation. "He has all of the qualities that you look for in a litigator; bright, assertive and a good strategist!" lauds one impressed interviewee.

The "very thorough and well-prepared" Erik Stidham has been particularly active in cases with international elements. His litigation expertise encompasses natural resources, real estate and construction. Sources increasingly identify him as a rising name in the sector.

Scott Randolph is highlighted as an up-and-coming litigator in the area. He has particular expertise in matters relating to employment law, where he is also developing a name for undertaking noncontentious issues. "He really gets involved and took great care of us," states one client.

Walter Sinclair recently joined the team from Stoels River LLP. "It's difficult for others to compete" with seasoned litigator Sinclair, say sources, who add that he is "an excellent attorney." Recent work at his prior firm includes defending DuPont against mass tort and product liability claims.

Natural Resources - Idaho

THE FIRM This regional powerhouse continues to act at the forefront of environmental issues in Idaho. Practitioners at the firm's Boise office have previously undertaken work on a variety of matters, including environmental compliance, renewable energy, land use, and both air and water quality. Recent highlights include work related to the implementation of wildlife protection measures across the USA and permitting issues within Idaho.

KEY INDIVIDUALS  "Really top notch for EPA and endangered species work," Murray Feldman impresses sources with extensive knowledge and a wealth of experience in this sector. Feldman has acted on matters across the country and is noted for both regulatory and litigious work.

William Myers is noted for a wealth of experience in natural resource, environment and public land issues across the country. He was recently involved in a major environmental litigation impacting on the oil and gas industry.

Linda Jones has recently acted on major environmental permitting issues within Idaho. She has a broad practice which also features work in real estate financing. "I couldn't ask any more of her," enthused one client.

Real Estate - Idaho

THE FIRM This regional firm provides high-caliber service and maintains an enviable reputation. Experience from across the Mountain States ensures client confidence in a range of real estate, zoning and land use matters. The firm recently represented a joint venture entity in a $15 million acquisition of 616 acres of land in Hayden, northern Idaho, for a 'Traditional Neighborhood Design' development, a project involving the construction of leisure, community and residential facilities. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Matthew Hicks acts for various clients in significant real estate matters, including US Bank National Association and major companies in the food and drink industry. He is "a great attorney - very responsive to all of our needs," enthuses one client.

Recent arrival at the firm Laurie Reynoldson maintains a solid reputation for work in this sector. She has experience working on commercial and residential developments, as well as land use matters.

Corporate/M&A - Montana

THE FIRM This venerable regional firm's Montana team engages in bankruptcy, corporate organization, M&A and real estate work on behalf of out-of-state and Canadian clients, multinational banks and mining companies, as well as homegrown businesses. As with most large firms in the region, the team manages a good deal of corporate and commercial matters relating to the oil and gas industry.  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Hingle excels at all manner of banking, bankruptcy, corporate and commercial legal advice, and is hailed for his broad knowledge and intelligence.

Larry Petersen, described as "excellent" by sources, specializes in banking, commercial, M&A, real estate and above all tax law.  

Labor & Employment - Montana

THE FIRM The Billings office of this regional powerhouse handles the full range of employment and labor work. In noncontentious issues, the team advises on employee handbooks, ERISA and compliance with changes in health insurance legislation. It also defends clients in discrimination, wrongful discharge, Montana human rights law and wage and hour actions.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Elizabeth Nedrow offers valuable expertise in ERISA and employee benefits matters. She advises clients on the treatment of these benefits in M&A transactions, and on the adjustment of medical plans to comply with recent legislative developments. 

Jeanne Matthews Bender is renowned for her experience in this field, and described by peers as a "reservoir of great employment law knowledge."

Jason Ritchie is a "very bright" attorney, who handles a range of labor and employment issues on behalf of employers.

Natural Resources - Montana

THE FIRM This Billings-based team is recognized as one of the top natural resources and environment groups in Montana, and has a particularly strong reputation for its handling of property transactions in the oil and gas space. The team provides a comprehensive service to both established players and newer entrants across the natural resources sector, representing clients in fossil fuels and renewable energy matters.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Scott Mitchell devotes much of his practice to environmental litigation, acting on a number of Superfund cases. Noncontentious work includes advising clients on environmental regulations and commercial contracts. 

Kyle Gray is an accomplished litigator, prized by blue-chip energy companies. One major client describes her as "terrific - she listens carefully to what you need and produces on time to a very high quality."

Environment - Nationwide

THE FIRM This top-notch firm has adapted successfully to evolving environmental trends, and regularly represents clients in the oil and gas, mining and coal sectors. It also has a large dedicated water team. The group acts as US counsel to Principal Power, a developer of floating platforms for wind turbines, which is in the process of bringing an advanced prototype project to the USA. Other key clients are Sapphire Energy and Syngenta Seeds.

Sources say: "Responsive, insightful and bring a good mix of political and legal expertise." "The firm has experts in every area of our business."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kelly Johnson heads the firm's environment, energy and natural resources group. She provides strategic and legal advice on regulatory and legislative matters.

Native American Law - Nationwide

THE FIRM This practice acts for both tribal and non-tribal clients from 14 offices across the Mountain West and another in DC. Key areas of expertise include government relations, energy and natural resources, tribal governance and a range of taxation matters.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Sansonetti is an environmental and natural resources specialist with extensive government service, litigation and Indian law experience. He is particularly familiar with the workings of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the provisions of the Indian Regulatory Gaming Act. 

Mark Sheridan is a widely respected litigator whose Native American law expertise is especially notable in matters concerning natural resources and water rights.  

Projects - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group enjoys a strong reputation for renewable and alternative energy matters, and is noted for being particularly strong in wind energy projects, in which it has recently acted for Duke Energy Renewables and Cook Inlet Region. It is also adept at handling major solar projects. Sources extend praise for its excellent industry knowledge, responsiveness and deep bench of attorneys.

Sources say: "They possess a very good understanding of the wind energy space."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the energy and infrastructure team Mark Safty is a key contact at the firm.

Corporate/Commercial - Nevada

THE FIRM This firm has bases throughout Nevada with offices in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas, and represents clients in corporate, M&A and finance deals. The firm recently negotiated a $70 million line of credit for Western Funding, which included negotiating loan documents and modifying the organization's capital structure to accommodate the loan requirements. Other major clients include Harbor Structured Finance, Renown Health and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Sources say: "It is high-quality legal work and the attorneys are very quick and very responsive to our needs. If we call them up and give them short deadlines they are very good at keeping to them. The whole service level is very good."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Reno partner David Garcia is known in the marketplace for his expertise in M&A deals, corporate structuring and securities offerings. He acted as lead counsel for a mining company on its sale of a Mexican subsidiary. Sources describe him as "responsive, knowledgeable and good to work with."   

Fritz Battcher is well versed in many aspects of the commercial legal sector and sources say he is "easy to work with, responsive, knowledgeable and always able to tap into the other resources of the firm where appropriate."

Litigation - Nevada

THE FIRM This firm has offices in Carson City, Las Vegas and Reno and is home to a team of experienced business and construction litigators. Attorneys from the firm recently represented Wells Fargo in suing on a promissory note; the borrowers and guarantors brought a host of counterclaims which the court dismissed and awarded the bank an $8 million settlement.    

Sources say: "It is an excellent firm and there are a lot of excellent lawyers over there."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources particularly praise Stephen Peek for his in-court ability: "He is excellent in the courtroom, he has a good rapport with the judge and is a perfect gentlemen but at the same time he is zealously representing his client."

Real Estate - Nevada

THE FIRM This practice fields attorneys with skills and experience across the board in real estate, and is known for representing lenders and borrowers in all aspects of sales and development work. Recent highlights for the firm include advising a bank on title and loan modification issues related to a real estate development. Clients include financial institutions, mining companies, energy companies and pension plans.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Karen Dennison is seen as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the state. Sources praise her deep knowledge of the field and describe her as "smart and hard-working, with very good analytical abilities." 

Stephen Novacek is based primarily in Reno and focuses on real estate finance and development for buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants and title companies, among other clients. "He is very down-to-earth. A lot of attorneys don't understand title law and put a load of junk in: he is not one of them," say impressed sources. 

Reno partner Craig Howard advises clients on issues arising from real estate sales, financing and development.

Environment - New Mexico

THE FIRM The Santa Fe office of this major Mountain West firm receives comprehensive praise from clients for the excellence of its oil and gas practice and its combination of a broad regional reach with in-depth local knowledge and connections. Sources also credit the team with particular proficiency in assisting natural resources businesses on waste management and environmental issues and in representing them before regulatory authorities. One significant recent mandate was the practice's selection to act as adviser to the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) in the formulation of new regulations governing the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, horizontal drilling operations, and waste disposal. Other notable clients include Chevron and OXY USA. 

Sources say: "A top-notch law firm with excellent attorneys."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Feldewert is an oil and gas law specialist who "provides great legal advice and has excellent contacts at the state agencies." He is also noted for preparing his clients thoroughly for the most difficult hearings. 

Clients note that leading associate Adam Rankin is "very responsive and provides a good service," while various sources agree that he "shows great promise." He focuses on administrative and regulatory matters, and his work for oil and gas clients is particularly highly regarded. 

Litigation - New Mexico

THE FIRM This firm has a strong general commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on matters arising in the oil, gas and mining industries. The team has recently been engaged in the ongoing representation of BP America with regard to a complex property trespass matter, and for Energen Resources in a high-stakes dispute with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue over federal natural gas royalties.    

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bradford Berge is acclaimed by both peers and clients as "a very fine lawyer" for commercial litigation. He has been a key member of the team acting for both BP America and Energen Resources, and is also adept in the handling of environmental disputes and class actions. 

Native American Law - New Mexico

THE FIRM This respected practice is able to draw upon the substantial resources of 14 offices across the Mountain West and a 15th in DC. The Santa Fe office handles a broad range of issues for its tribal and nontribal clientele, including litigation, government relations and general business law, as well as fielding a particular strength in the natural resources space. Key areas of expertise include matters including coal, natural gas and water rights.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Sheridan has over 30 years' legal experience and is best known for his keen litigation and alternative dispute resolution skills. He has practiced extensively in matters involving water rights and the exploitation of oil and gas resources on Indian land.

Corporate/M&A - Utah

THE FIRM This strong regional firm covers the full spectrum of corporate securities issues. The group has expertise in M&A, private equity financings and investment transactions in particular, and is experienced in working with emerging growth companies. Clients include Signal Peak Venture Partners, Clear Link Technologies, True Science and Consult Net.

Sources say: "Holland & Hart's service and expertise have been outstanding."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Matthew Wells focuses his corporate practice on issues pertaining to growing companies. He handles M&A and venture capital financings, often on an international scale. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable and service-oriented." 

Greg Lindley's core practice is in corporate and securities law, advising clients on securities offerings and M&A matters. He has particular expertise in the medical and technological industries.

Energy & Natural Resources - Utah

THE FIRM Holland & Hart's environment, energy and natural resources practice is one of the finest in the state. The group has a marked excellence in its environmental litigation offering and is also highly regarded for its permitting and oil and gas work. With a deep bench, the team's breadth of experience allows it to handle matters across the energy and resources spectrum, representing major clients including BP America Productions and ConocoPhillips.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" James Holtkamp is highly regarded in the areas of air quality regulation and climate change. He has recently represented Red Leaf Resources in the permitting for the commercial development of oil shale.

Craig Galli is regarded as an "outstanding" attorney who focuses on issues pertaining to environmental law including permitting, compliance and due diligence.

The highly regarded Jody Williams has extensive expertise in the water law arena and recently represented Weber Basin Water Conservancy District in a $150 million water importation project.

Kevin Murray recently joined the team from Chapman and Cutler LLP. Murray has a broad energy and natural resources practice and is well regarded for his transactional and power generation expertise.

Intellectual Property - Utah

THE FIRM Holland & Hart retains a well-established IP practice which garners high praise from its clients. The group is particularly well regarded for its trademark enforcement, patent prosecution and litigation expertise. Clients include Otto Bock Healthcare, Easton Technical Products, Primos and US Synthetic.

Sources say: "Their IP practice group is excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Brett Foster is a highly regarded IP litigator who continues to handle high-profile patent infringement suits for clients including K-Tec and Hydro Engineering.

Grant Foster is praised as an "excellent attorney" who focuses on trademark and patent prosecution. Representative clients include St. Jude Medical and Symantec. 

Labor & Employment - Utah

THE FIRM Holland & Hart rises to the top band after gaining high praise from peers and clients. Its Salt Lake City office comprises a deep bench of dedicated attorneys providing a breadth of experience to serve the state's leading employers. The group is particularly impressive in wage and hour, employment litigation and discrimination matters, and has an increasingly strong immigration practice. Clients include Sun Products, Pride Transport and UPS.

Sources say: "I have been very impressed with their performance and would recommend them to anyone. Communication, instructions and follow-up are very impressive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded Lois Baar is an experienced labor and employment lawyer whose practice includes the mediation of employment disputes and workforce training.

Elizabeth Dunning handles employment litigation and mediation as well as discrimination-related cases. "I've never been disappointed with the information she provides or her willingness to tackle any question," said one interviewee.

Experienced litigator Bryan Benard regularly handles discrimination and harassment-related suits.

ERISA practitioner James Barnett has a broad litigation practice encompassing employment and employee benefits disputes.

Litigation - Utah

THE FIRM The Utah practice at this national firm is particularly recognized in IP, environmental and natural resource litigation. The team has been particularly active of late in a series of receivership and banking-related disputes. The firm's client portfolio includes Rolls-Royce, DHL Express and US Oil Sands.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers are quick to describe George Haley as a "phenomenal practitioner." He has extensive experience in handling complex commercial litigation.

The "terrific" Blaine Benard focuses his practice on commercial disputes, with expertise in healthcare and IP matters.

John Harrington is recognized for his extensive trial experience. He handles complex commercial and civil disputes.

Real Estate - Utah

THE FIRM Holland & Hart represents clients from various industries on a number of transactional real estate matters. The team's expertise includes the development, financing and acquisition of real estate projects and it also has experience in construction and zoning issues. Recent highlights include the $325 million development, financing and sale of an Idaho-based wind farm on behalf of Cedar Creek Wind.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carl Barton represents developers, banks and other institutional lenders in the acquisition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate developments.

David Broadbent has a broad practice and brings his financing, loan workouts and restructuring expertise to his real estate development work.

Corporate/M&A - Wyoming

THE FIRM This regional powerhouse's Jackson and Cheyenne teams play an instrumental role in the firm's national presence. The group maintains impressive expertise in finance and corporate matters, and is also highlighted for its strength in representing clients from the coal, energy and mining industries.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Teresa Buffington is held in high regard by clients for her thorough approach to real estate matters. She has recently been assisting with financing activities and representing clients from the natural gas, wind development and electrical industries.

Lawrence Wolfe is widely recognized as a "standout in state mineral taxation." He is also viewed as a solid choice for advising on credit facilities and natural resource transactions.

Labor & Employment - Wyoming

THE FIRM Holland & Hart is widely regarded as a preeminent labor and employment firm. It has a distinguished record handling EEOC investigations, timecard audits and complex employment litigation. The firm counsels a range of illustrious clients from the healthcare, mining and industrial chemical industries.

Sources say: "The attorneys are very responsive and timely in responding to requests and turning around an excellent final product and advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joanna Vilos is "quick on her feet and a graceful navigator, who is a pleasure to work with," according to clients. She has been active assisting clients with drafting OSHA complaint responses, advising on internal investigations and handling sexual harassment litigation.

Bradley Cave inspires confidence in clients with his deep experience, which "brings real-world knowledge into the picture." He is highly experienced handling WARN Act and discrimination matters and is noted for his experience assisting clients from the mining and healthcare industries.

Litigation - Wyoming

THE FIRM With two offices in Wyoming, this established firm earns a strong reputation for handling a broad spectrum of litigation matters. Its litigators have developed niche practices in labor and employment, complex commercial, natural resources and oil and gas disputes. The team is also equipped to defend clients before various Wyoming administrative agencies. Clients include Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Coalition for Responsible Regulation. 

Sources say: "You know at the end of the day you are going to get excellent options. When you litigate you get top-notch advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Patrick Day "presents oral arguments with clarity and confidence," according to clients. He is a renowned specialist in royalty and tax litigation with added expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors.

Joe Teig currently heads the firm's emergency response team and is renowned for his prowess defending large-scale personal injury matters and industrial actions.

Walter Eggers is lauded by clients as being "very personable, strong technically and very responsive." He devotes his practice to assisting clients from the oil and gas sector and is noted for his extensive experience handling regulatory issues before various state agencies.

Real Estate - Wyoming

THE FIRM The real estate team at Holland & Hart is held in high esteem by clients. Its lawyers are highly experienced representing builders, buyers and sellers, developers and lenders in financing, land owner issues and acquisitions. The team is adept at guiding clients through purchases of refineries, retail space and large companies.

Sources say: "Multiple people there have corporate, energy and real estate cross-knowledge. We definitely felt we had their attention and were a priority."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients appreciate that Teresa Buffington "spends time to think about things and is thoughtful in her responses." She is well renowned for her grasp of the wind energy sphere and her ability to assist with complex real estate financings.