Connie Rogers advises companies in project development, litigation, and transactions, with particular emphasis on compliance with federal land management statutes, the National Environmental Policy Act, species protection statutes, federal Indian law, cultural resource and religious freedom concerns, and international human rights and indigenous peoples issues.
Prior to resuming her practice at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP in the fall of 2010, Ms. Rogers served as Deputy Solicitor for Energy and Mineral Resources at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she was the lead Interior lawyer on all manner of issues relating to the development of renewable and conventional energy and mineral resources on Interior-managed lands and the Outer Continental Shelf.
Ms. Rogers’ experience includes federal permitting; financing; due diligence; land acquisition, leasing, and special use authorizations; working with stakeholder groups; environmental analysis, reporting and transparency issues; and litigation.
Ms. Rogers is a former trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is a former chair of the Public Lands and Native American Resources Committees of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. Ms. Rogers has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Native American Law, including on two occasions as Lawyer of the Year for Native American Law in the Denver legal market. She has also been selected for Who’s Who Legal: Mining in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She was named to the Denver Business Journal’s list of Top Women in Energy in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Rogers was also selected by 5280 magazine as a Top Lawyer and has been recognized by Chambers USA for Natural Resources & Environment.
Selected Papers, Presentations, and Conferences
- Co-Chair, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Special Institute on Indian Law and Natural Resources: the Basics and Beyond, Westminster, Colorado, 2017
- “Concepts and Strategies for a Complete and Efficient NEPA Process,” RMMLF Special Institute on the National Environmental Policy Act, Denver, Colorado, 2017
- Co-Chair, RMMLF Special Institute on Human Rights and the Extractive Industries, February 2016, Panama City, Panama
- “Balancing Transparency, Confidentiality, Deliberation and Sound Science in Public Land Decision-Making,” RMMLF Annual Institute, 2014
- “National Historic Preservation Act Basics,” CLE International, 2014 and 2015
- Co-Chair, RMMLF Special Institute on Natural Resources Development in Indian Country, November 2014, Tucson, Arizona
- “Programmatic Agreements, MOUs, MOAs and Other Agency Agreements and Plans: Distinguishing a Nothingburger from a Nightmare,” RMMLF Annual Institute, 2012
- “Under Extraordinary Circumstances: NEPA Practice Post-Deepwater Horizon,” Natural Resources and the Environment, American Bar Association, Fall 2011
- “Digging In: An In-depth Look at the Archaeological and Paleontological Resource Protection Acts,” RMMLF Annual Institute, 2010
- "Does an ‘Off the Rack’ Rule of Law Work? Lessons from a Comparative Economic Analysis of Legal Institutions in ‘Indian Country’," unpublished manuscript, Olin Law and Economics Seminar, Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Olin Fellow in Law and Economics
William Jewell College, B.A., 1981