Adam DeVoe is in the firm’s Government and Regulatory Affairs practice group. His practice is focused on environmental litigation and compliance, natural resources law, and water rights. He represents private and public companies in virtually all facets of environmental compliance, environmental planning, environmental due diligence, and risk management. Adam specializes in air quality compliance, air quality regulatory defense, and air quality litigation matters. He also has broad experience with environmental matters ranging from water quality to endangered species, including major federal environmental statutes.
In addition, Adam also has an extensive background in water rights matters, and has litigated water rights issues in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, and before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Adam represents clients throughout the Western U.S. in water rights due diligence matters, acquisition and disposition of water rights, securitizing water rights for both borrowers and lenders, and water title opinions.
Prior to joining the firm, Adam was a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Adam is the President of the board of directors for Denver Bicycle.
Adam is a competitive cyclist and Ironman triathlete.
- Successfully defended a cement manufacturing facility in Rapid City, South Dakota, against EPA allegations of non-compliance, negotiating a settlement that resulted in a civil penalty of less than 10 percent of the anticipated liability.
- Successfully defended a New Mexican cement manufacturer against EPA allegations that the facility failed to report certain air emissions as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).
- Regularly defended cement manufacturing and transfer facilities in Colorado, New Mexico and South Dakota against allegations of non-compliance for air emissions violations.
- Successfully defended a coal mining operation in Hesperus, Colorado, against allegations that the facility failed to obtain all required permits.
- Negotiated the return of more than $5 million of cash-funded reclamation obligation for a limestone mine in Pueblo, Colorado.
- Successfully defended against a local environmental group in New Mexico seeking to appeal an air quality permit.
- Effectively led a group challenging a change of water rights in the Burlington Ditch in Colorado at a four-week trial and on appeal before the Water Court and Colorado Supreme Court.
- Successfully defended one of the largest landfill operators in the country, a publicly traded company, against allegations of non-compliance with air regulations and permits at the company’s Colorado facilities. The resulting civil penalties were well below SEC reporting obligations.
- Served as lead counsel and principal negotiator in adjudicating and purchasing direct flow and storage water rights for a Colorado ski area operator.
- Represented a private equity investment firm in its initial platform acquisition of a leading provider of innovative repairs and advanced coatings for the aerospace, industrial gas turbine, and oil and gas industries from a private equity fund, leading the team on environmental due diligence and risk management.
- Represented one of the largest ski area operators in the world on the environmental aspects of its $40.5 million acquisition of a resort ground transportation business.
- Represented the nation’s largest hydropower producer in the basin wide adjudication of its water rights, and in recovering costs from the Bureau of Reclamation in the Court of Federal Claims for contract over-charges.
- Represented one of the fastest growing and largest municipalities in Colorado for every phase of its water system development, from acquisition of rights to water court changes to defense of the water rights in Water Court.
- Regularly represents local, regional, and national real estate developers and lenders on environmental due diligence, CERCLA liability management, and Brownfields redevelopment.