John F. Shepherd

John F. Shepherd


Holland & Hart LLP

Recognized since 1995

Denver, Colorado

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Energy Law

Litigation - Environmental

Natural Resources Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Administrative / Regulatory Law
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Mr. Shepherd specializes in resolving disputes for oil and gas and mining clients. He handles litigation in virtually all aspects of the energy industry, including disputes over royalty payments, operating agreements, property acquisitions, gas measurement, gas balancing, indemnity claims, and challenges to permits to conduct operations on public lands. He also represents clients in administrative appeals before the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, and the EPA, including challenges to penalties imposed by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue and the EPA.

Mr. Shepherd has substantial experience in arbitrations involving oil and gas issues. He has represented clients in arbitrations, testified as an expert witness, and served as an arbitrator.

In addition to litigation and arbitration, Mr. Shepherd counsels clients on a broad array of issues affecting resource development, including compliance with royalty obligations and laws governing approval of operations on federal and Indian lands.

Mr. Shepherd has served on the firm's Management Committee and as Chair of the firm's Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Department.

Location

  • 555 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3200
    Denver, CO 80202-3979

Education

  • Dartmouth College, A.B., graduated 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Colorado, Colorado Bar Association

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Administrative / Regulatory Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Natural Resources Law, Denver (2020)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law, Denver (2018)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law, Denver (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law

Special Focus

  • Administrative
  • Coal
  • Endangered Species
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Federal Royalties
  • Litigation
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Regulatory

Awards:

  • Selected as a 2011 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Listed in Colorado Super Lawyers for the areas of Energy and Oil and Gas

Publications

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