Christopher J. Neumann

Christopher J. Neumann counsels clients in the retail, natural gas, petroleum, construction, home building, solid and hazardous waste, and mining industries on a wide variety of litigation, environmental, natural resources, American Indian law, administrative, land use, and insurance coverage matters. Chris is a civil engineer and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). He frequently counsels clients on complex storm water compliance and enforcement matters. Chris represents clients in connection with civil, administrative and criminal enforcement by USEPA, states, tribes, local governments and citizen groups, as well as related compliance matters, under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and numerous other federal, state and tribal laws. Chris also represents clients in connection with federal, state and tribal rulemaking proceedings, including matters pending before the USEPA, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Additionally, Chris assists clients in efforts to obtain land use approvals, and in efforts to resolve environmental concerns in complex business transactions.

Chris is the Chair of the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, where he has served as an appointee of Governor Bill Owens, Governor Bill Ritter and Governor John Hickenlooper since September 2005. Chris also served on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission from 2004 to 2007, where he participated in numerous rulemakings relating to matters such as the Ozone Early Action Compact, Regional Haze, New Source Review and the Clean Air Mercury Rule and also served as a Hearing Officer on enforcement appeals.

Since 2005, Chris has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Natural Resources Program at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he teaches courses in Hazardous Waste Law and Environmental Enforcement.

Chris is a 2007 recipient of the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as a law clerk for the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and for Waste Management, Inc.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Environmental, 2) Litigation, 3) American Indian Law, 4) Government Law & Policy, 5) Land Development and 6) Global Energy & Infrastructure
Law School J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1998
Education B.S., Engineering and Environmental Science (Civil Engineering), University of Notre Dame, 1995
Bar Member / Association State Bar of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, , U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Most recent firm Greenberg Traurig LLP
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