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Michelle Craig DeVoe

Of Counsel

Phone 303.892.7386
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Michelle DeVoe’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, environmental and energy regulatory matters, and transactional work. Ms. DeVoe’s work includes: CERCLA cost recovery actions on behalf of private parties; Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and NEPA litigation with national implications; litigation involving state mining laws; and a variety of other state enforcement matters. She regularly counsels clients on environmental liability and compliance concerns. She also represents real estate and development clients in transactional matters involving environmental issues on contaminated property, including the preparation of remediation plans and the acquirement of environmental insurance as necessary to protect a client’s interest.

Ms. DeVoe earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and her J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory, she served as managing editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Development’s Journal. Ms. DeVoe regularly speaks on issues of environmental and energy law and recently participated in a panel hosted by University of Denver Sturm College of Law on water supply constraints and the impact on economic growth in the state. In 2008, Ms. DeVoe was named by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s outstanding “Forty under Forty” business professionals. She serves on the Power of Extended Philanthropy committee for The Women’s Foundation.

Prior to joining DGS, Ms. DeVoe practiced at a boutique environmental firm and national law firms in Denver and Atlanta. From 1998 to 2002, she served as general counsel for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental organization in Atlanta. Ms. DeVoe is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Georgia.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiation and advice on the development and implementation of voluntary cleanup plans, funding agreements, and other details for a municipality as the current owner of a former manufactured gas plant site and of a historic former fluorspar processing facility. The latter property contains Native American remains and artifacts and abuts a historic pioneer cemetery.
  • Counsel to a major oil and gas producer on EPA investigation and cleanup issues at a Wyoming gas field with an extensive drilling and production history. The site has been the subject of nationwide press coverage and intense regulatory scrutiny.
  • Represented the developer of a high-profile brownfields redevelopment cleanup near the Stapleton neighborhood.
  • Sued the U.S. on behalf of the largest agricultural water district in the country in an ESA and NEPA challenge to biological opinions issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • Defended a Colorado uranium mining and milling company in a challenge to its state surety bond and reclamation plans.
  • Represented the same uranium company through the regulatory process for decommissioning its Colorado uranium milling facility.
  • Represented a local water and sanitation district in state rulemaking on arsenic water quality standards.
  • Sued the U.S. Armed Forces on behalf of a national homebuilder in a CERCLA cost recovery action to recover costs incurred to remediate unexploded ordinance at a former military installation.
  • Sued the U.S. Air Force on behalf of a coalition of homebuilders in a case of first impression under Section 330 of the Defense Authorization Act for costs incurred to clean up asbestos in the soil of a former U.S. Air Force base.
  • Negotiated an environmental remediation plan and environmental indemnity provisions to protect the interests of a major ski resort in the purchase of a transportation company.

Education

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1995

University of Kentucky, B.A., 1992

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