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. Ms. DeVoe 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 preparing remediation plans and securing 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 on a panel hosted by Denver University Sturm College of Law on water supply constraints and the impact on economic growth in the state. Ms. DeVoe was named in 2008 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.
- Negotiation and advice on 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 an historic, former fluorspar processing facility. The latter property contains Native American remains and artifacts and abuts an historic pioneer cemetery.
- Counsel to major oil and gas producer on EPA investigation and cleanup issues at a Wyoming gas field with an extensive drilling and production history. Site has been the subject of nationwide press coverage and intense regulatory scrutiny.
- Represented developer of high-profile brownfields redevelopment cleanup near Stapleton neighborhood.
- Sued the United States on behalf of the largest agricultural water district in the United States in an ESA and NEPA challenge to biological opinions issued by the US 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 local water and sanitation district in state rulemaking on arsenic water quality standards.
- Sued the United States Armed Forces on behalf of a national homebuilder in a CERCLA cost recovery action to recover costs incurred to remediate unexploded ordnance at a former military installation.
- Sued the United States 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 cleanup asbestos in soil on a former U.S. Air Force base.
- Negotiated environmental remediation plan and environmental indemnity provisions to protect interests of a major ski resort in purchase of a transportation company.
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1995
University of Kentucky, B.A., 1992