Jon Rauchway is a partner in the Trial Group, and he leads the firm’s Environmental & Public Lands Practice Group. He defends class-action and mass-joinder lawsuits alleging environmental contamination based on common-law theories, and represents plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and related state statutes. He also handles litigation involving nearly all aspects of the energy and mining industries, such as disputes over royalty payments, operating agreements, and ownership interests.
In addition to his work in the trial courts, Mr. Rauchway is an experienced appellate advocate, having argued appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, as well as state appellate courts in Colorado and elsewhere. For over a decade, he was a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and appeared regularly before the Court during that period.
Prior to joining DGS, Mr. Rauchway practiced at an international law firm in New York City and spent one year clerking for a U.S. District Judge in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Rauchway currently serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for Energy Law. He is active in the community, having served on the boards of local non-profit organizations, including The Urban Farm and the Colfax Community Network (former board chair), and he served two terms on the board of trustees for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. Mr. Rauchway currently serves on the Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and as a Local Litigation, Environmental, and Energy Star by Benchmark Litigation. In 2023, Mr. Rauchway received “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. In 2018, he was named the Barrister’s Choice “Best Environmental Attorney” as well as “Lawyer of the Year” by Law Week Colorado. Mr. Rauchway is listed by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading U.S. Environmental Lawyers” as well as one of the “500 Leading U.S. Energy Lawyers” in its annual guide.
On November 9, Jon Rauchway and Mave Gasaway's article titled "Endless liability? Evaluating whether to settle or litigate private environmental...