John litigates high-stakes environmental cases for clients in the mining, oil & gas, manufacturing and chemical industries.
John focuses his practice on environmental and natural resource litigation. He has served as lead counsel in the successful defense of a large number of public and private companies throughout the United States. John has developed particular expertise in litigating cases under NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act, CERCLA, and the Endangered Species Act. He has argued successfully before multiple levels of federal judicial and administrative tribunals including many federal district courts and courts of appeals across the country. He has also litigated environmental cases before various state courts and administrative agencies. Early in his career, John served at the Department of the Interior and at the Department of Justice where he litigated on behalf of government agencies.
Prior to joining Holland & Hart, John was a partner at two international law firms where, among other roles, he chaired the environmental practice and co-chaired the litigation department.