Zach C. Miller

Zach C. Miller

Partner
Denver
303.892.7391

Zach Miller has practiced environmental, water, and natural resources law since 1980. He has broad experience before numerous state and federal agencies in disputes over, and permitting for, oil and gas operations, public land uses, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, water rights, water quality, air quality, hazardous substances, wetlands, pesticides, mining, mineral processing, ski areas, power projects, and related issues. He has litigated a number of complex cases in state and federal courts relating to these and other natural resource-related matters. Building on his government experience, Mr. Miller has dealt with various resource-related matters on Indian lands and with several tribal entities. He has handled numerous judicial and administrative enforcement and civil penalty actions relating to these areas. Mr. Miller’s practice also includes title review and complex transactional work for water rights, mineral interests, and other real property, with an emphasis on brownfield projects and environmental audits and related transactions for mineral properties and processing facilities. He has represented clients in several of the largest water rights acquisitions and change cases in Colorado history. He has also represented developers and lenders in connection with permitting and other regulatory matters for major electric generation and solar and wind energy projects.

He has served as an expert witness in state and federal courts on wetlands regulation and Colorado water rights matters. Mr. Miller has also acted as special counsel to the cities of Boulder, Loveland, Aurora, and Greeley in various water and environmental matters and is a former member and chair of the Environmental Advisory Board for the City of Boulder.

Prior to joining Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in 1981, Mr. Miller served as special counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and as an attorney in the Honors Program of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior, in Washington, D.C.

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Mr. Miller is listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal: Environment 2016. He is named a “Leader in Their Field” in Chambers USA for Natural Resources and Environment and in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Water Law, Environmental Law, and Environmental Litigation. He was also named in the magazine 5280 as a Top Lawyer in the area of Water Law.  In 2013 and 2017, Best Lawyers in America®named him Lawyer of the Year in Colorado for Environmental Law. Mr. Miller also has an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale-Hubbell®.  In 2011, he was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 

Education

University of Colorado, J.D., 1980
Colorado College, B.A., cum laude, 1975

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