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Tina Van Bockern


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Tina Van Bockern advises oil and gas and mining clients on virtually all aspects of energy development on federal, state, and Tribal lands.

Tina provides strategic counsel at each stage of development, from the environmental reviews necessary for initial approval to compliance with development obligations and royalty reporting and valuation requirements. Tina also has extensive experience representing natural resource clients in federal court litigation and appeals to federal administrative boards.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Tina served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Anne M. Mansfield, and as a judicial fellow for Judge Ann B. Frick, both in the Denver District Court.

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Tina specializes in helping clients navigate each stage of natural resource development, including:

  • Federal and state leasing and permitting
  • Environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Federal development rights and obligations
  • Royalty valuation and reporting compliance
  • Litigation defending development approvals
  • Appeals from federal agency decisions, demands, and civil penalties

Client Results

Coal Development and Compliance
  • Navigated coal projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and permitting process.

  • Defeated challenge to state’s federally-approved Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) program and state permit approvals for coal client.

  • Represented coal producer in federal administrative appeal challenging BLM coal leasing decisions under NEPA.

  • Intervened in federal court litigation involving NEPA challenges to the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement mining plan approvals.

  • Appeal from U.S. Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) order to report and pay additional royalties.

  • Brought federal court actions to challenge federal rulemakings, including ONRR’s coal valuation regulations.

Oil and Gas Development and Compliance
  • Defense and settlement of oil and gas class action royalty disputes.

  • Successful defense of oil and gas lease ownership dispute in civil litigation.

  • Appeals from ONRR orders to report and pay additional royalties and civil penalties.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Colorado Pledge to Diversity, Steering Committee, Member
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver Post Decree Consultation Clinics

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