Elizabeth (Betsy) H. Temkin

Partner

Phone 303.892.7222

Elizabeth Temkin is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, with over 30 years of experience in environmental litigation and transactional work throughout the West. Ms. Temkin's practice focuses on complex environmental litigation and site remediation and reuse.  She is particularly well-known for her litigation and clean-up related work at so-called “mega sites” throughout the Western United States, including some of the biggest and most complicated hard-rock mining Superfund sites in the country, such as Coeur d'Alene, Midnite Mine, Leadville, and others.  She also has considerable experience and success on both sides of citizen suit litigation and as common counsel to PRP groups.  On the transactional side, Ms. Temkin has over the years helped a diverse array of redevelopment projects successfully navigate all sorts of complex cleanup and regulatory challenges.  She has a reputation for finding creative ways to effectively manage environmental risks and liabilities in either a litigation or transactional setting.

Ms. Temkin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University.  She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.  She is admitted to practice in Colorado, and before the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous courts across the country.  Ms. Temkin has been recognized over the years by The Best Lawyers in America, Colorado Super Lawyers, and 5280 MagazineBest Lawyers selected Ms. Temkin as its 2014 Denver Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law.

Representative Projects

  • Negotiation of the largest ability-to-pay settlement outside bankruptcy to resolve federal, state and tribal CERCLA claims for billions of dollars in alleged cleanup costs and natural resource damages (NRD) at the Bunker Hill/Coeur d’Alene Basin Superfund site in North Idaho.
  • Negotiation as PRP Group common counsel of an innovative State-lead CERCLA settlement for extensive mine site cleanup work in Nevada.  Several key Consent Decree terms, including the covenant and reopener provisions, diverge widely from model language.  Settlement also resolved tribal NRD claims.
  • Negotiation of a CERCLA consent decree on behalf of two estates and multiple beneficiaries for historic mining exploration activities on Forest Service land in Oregon.
  • Successful prosecution to settlement of an insurance coverage lawsuit in federal court in Oregon on behalf of an estate and multiple beneficiaries to resolve cleanup-related defense and indemnity obligations of several insurers under a number of CGL policies to fund a CERCLA settlement with the Forest Service.

Education

Stanford Law School, J.D.

Cornell University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa

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