Brian R. Hanson is a partner of Baird Hanson LLP, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Hanson serves a broad range of clients addressing complex environmental regulatory challenges. For more than two decades, he has practiced natural resources and environmental law by assisting mining and industrial project permitting; overseeing and coordinating company responses to compliance investigations; negotiating on behalf of companies with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies; and developing strategies for working with the public and interest groups.

Mr. Hanson has substantial experience with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Endangered Species Act. From 1995 to 1997, he served as the Executive Director of The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, a legal service organization advocating for preservation of the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest region. Prior to working with The Land and Water Fund, Mr. Hanson was a partner with Holland & Hart LLP.

Mr. Hanson graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1981. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin/Madison in 1978, Phi Beta Kappa. He served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Endangered Species Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee. Mr. Hanson also serves as a member of the National Mining Association’s water quality subcommittee and the Colorado Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Advisory Council. Mr. Hanson is a member of the Colorado and Idaho Bar Associations.

EXPERIENCE

Partner, Baird Hanson LLP, Boulder, Colorado

– June 1997 to present. Serves broad range of clients addressing complex environmental regulatory challenges. Assists industrial project permitting; oversee and coordinate company responses to compliance investigations; negotiates on behalf of companies with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies; and develops strategies for working with the public and interest groups. Substantial experience with National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act statutory and regulatory work.

Executive Director, The Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, Boulder, Colorado

– January 1995 to May 1997. Acted as the chief executive officer and senior attorney of a 16 person legal services organization advocating for preservation of the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest region. Worked with national board of directors, state affiliates, volunteer lawyers, and the public in serving grass roots and interest groups throughout the country and region. Responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term vision of the group.

Partner, Holland & Hart, Denver, Colorado

– July 1992 to December 1994. Worked with Holland & Hart as an environmental lawyer for over 13 years in a variety of capacities, including as the Environmental Law Practice Group Manager responsible for leading over 40 attorneys in 8 offices located in 5 Western states and Washington, D.C. Legal practice focused on new project permitting; environmental compliance investigations; federal, state, and local regulatory agencies negotiations; and public and interest group outreach. Served industrial and municipal clients seeking sophisticated legal strategies to ensure compliance with National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Forest Management Act, and other federal, state, and local environmental laws.

Partner, Holland & Hart, Boise, Idaho

– July 1987 to July 1992. Worked 8 years in Idaho developing and managing the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice in the Pacific Northwest. Assisted precious and base metals companies, hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities, chemical manufacturers, ranchers, municipalities, and numerous other companies comply with federal, state, and local environmental laws.

Associate, Holland & Hart, Boise, Idaho

– November 1984 to July 1987

Associate, Holland & Hart, Denver, Colorado

– November 1981 to November 1984

Law Clerk, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

– May 1980 to August 1980

Law Clerk, National Wildlife Federation, Boulder, Colorado

– May 1979 to August 1979

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member of the Colorado State Bar, Idaho State Bar, United States District Court for the Districts of Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Arizona, and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Served as Chair and/or Vice-Chair on the American Bar Association Water Quality and Wetlands and Endangered Species Committees and participated as an advisory board member of the Colorado Bar Association and Boulder Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Past affiliations include board service with the Colorado Conservation Foundation, Colorado Environmental Coalition, University of Colorado School of Law Environmental Law Society, Northwest Mining Association, and Idaho Environmental Professionals.

Martindale-Hubbell “A-Plus” Rating/Colorado Super Lawyer for 5 consecutive years

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Author, “Mineral Resource Development: Water Quality,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver, Colorado.

Presenter, ‘Sage Grouse Update,” Denver Gold Group, May 30, 2012

Chair and Presenter, Large Left Lateral Leaps for Environmental Professionals, Northwest Mining Association, Annual Conventions, December 2010, November 2011, and December 2012.

Presenter, “Lands Council v. McNair: Lightening Strikes – Will it strike again?” Northwest Mining Association, Annual Convention, Reno, Nevada, December 3, 2008.

Environmental Co-Chair and Moderator, Environmental Section, 54th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, Snowmass, Colorado, July 17, 2008.

Co-Chair and Moderator, “Colorado Wetlands,” CLE International, Denver, Colorado, May 19, 2008.

Presenter, “Update on Rapanos and Implications for Hazardous Waste Practitioners,” Colorado Hazardous Waste Management Society, Denver, Colorado, November 13, 2007.

Co-Chair and Moderator, “Colorado Wetlands,” CLE International, Denver, Colorado, May 3, 2007.

Presenter, “What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know About Environmentally Distressed Property,” 21st Annual Real Estate Symposium, Colorado State Bar, Vail, Colorado, July 10, 2003.

Presenter, “The Evolving (Devolving?) Section 404 Definition of ‘Fill,'” National Wetlands Conference, CLE International, San Diego, California, December 13, 2002.

Co-Chair and Moderator, “Colorado Wetlands,” CLE International, Denver, Colorado, October 25, 2002.

Co-Chair and Moderator, “The Endangered Species Act & Habitat Conservation Planning,” CLE International, Denver, Colorado, May 17, 2002.

Presenter, “Update on SWANCC and its Impacts on Wetlands Regulation,” Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, Denver, Colorado, April 17, 2002.

Presenter, “The Changing Role of Federal Agencies With Respect to Water Quality Regulation,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver, Colorado, January 25, 2002.

Co-Chair and Presenter, “Wetlands and the Endangered Species Act – Threatened and Endangered Species Affected by Section 404 Permitting,” CLE International, Denver, Colorado, November 12, 2001.

Presenter, “The Ebb and Flow of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction,” National Mining Association, 2001 Mining Lawyers Conference, Key West, Florida, October 19, 2001.

Moderator and Presenter, “Endangered Species Act – Regulating Personal Rights,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 5, 2001.

Presenter, “Ethics of Using the Press to Obtain Legal Objectives – How Far is Too Far and How to Respond to the Press When Under the Spotlight,” Colorado Bar Association, Vail, Colorado, September 24, 1999.

Presenter, “Endangered Species Act Project Level Planning and Development,” CLE International, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 27, 1999.

Author, “Clean Water and Species Protection: The CWA/ESA MOA Reemerges,” Brian R. Hanson, “Water Quality and Wetlands Committee Newsletter,” September 1999, and “Endangered Species Committee Newsletter,” July 1999, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Author, “A Brief Guide to the ESA From a Project-Level Perspective,” Brian R. Hanson, “Endangered Species Committee Newsletter,” July 1999, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Author, “Clean Water Action Plan: Dramatic New Approach to Water Quality Protection,” Brian R. Hanson, “Looking Ahead,” ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (March/April 1999).

Presenter, “A Guide to the Endangered Species Act From a Project-Level Perspective,” American Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 26, 1999.

Presenter, “Will They Ever Learn? The Ethics of Talking to Government Employees,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, December 8, 1998.

Co-Author and Presenter, “The Ebb and Flow of Federal Point and Non-point Source Authority under the Clean Water Act,” Brian R. Hanson & Joseph H. Baird, 44 Rocky Mtn. Min. Law Instit. 27-1 (1998).

Presenter, “Wetlands Out West,” Wetlands Law and Regulation, Environmental Law Institute/American Bar Association/American Law Institute, Washington, D.C., June 11-13, 1997.

Presenter, “Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) — Expanded TRI Reporting,” RCRA and CERCLA — Changing Requirements for Hazardous Substances in the Natural Resource Industries,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver, Colorado, April 17-18, 1997.

Presenter, “An Environmentalist’s Perspective on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act,” Colorado Hazardous Waste Management Society, Denver, Colorado, April 16, 1997.

Editor, Environmental Regulation of the Mining Industry, Matthew Bender, The American Law of Mining (2d Edition 1996).

Co-Author, “Resource Conservation and Recovery Act” and “Toxic Substances Control Act” chapters, Environmental Regulation of the Mining Industry, Matthew Bender, The American Law of Mining (2d Edition 1996).

Presenter, “Protecting Wetlands by Mitigating Impacts,” Regional Issues in Wetlands Management, Permitting, and Mitigation, American Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, June 21, 1995.

Co-Author, “Land Disposal Restrictions Affecting Mineral Processing and Oil and Gas Wastes,” 4th Biennial Management of Hazardous Substances Short Course, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Breckenridge, Colorado, October 17-20, 1994.

Moderator, “Satellite Seminar Regarding Hazardous Waste and Superfund 1994: The Clinton Administration’s New Directions for EPA,” American Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, May 12, 1994.

Presenter, “Configuring Natural Resource Projects to Avoid, Minimize, or Mitigate Wetland Impacts,” Wetland Issues in Resources Development in the Western United States, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver, Colorado, November 19, 1993.

Presenter, “Hazardous Waste in Colorado,” National Business Institute, Denver, Colorado, April 30, 1993.

Presenter, “Avoiding Environmental Liability in Idaho,” National Business Institute, Boise, Idaho, April 16, 1993.

Presenter, “Wetlands Protection and Land Use,” Environmental Law, Idaho Law Foundation, Boise, Idaho, April 2, 1993.

Author, “Idaho Chapter,” Environmental Law Practice Guide, Matthew Bender, 1992 and updates.

Co-Author and Presenter, “Developing Natural Resource Projects in Wetlands: Charting a Course Through Troubled Terrain,” Thirty-Eighth Annual Institute, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 23-25, 1992.

Presenter, “Stormwater Runoff Issues for Water Users,” Idaho Water Users Association Annual Meeting, McCall, Idaho, July 10, 1992.

Presenter, “State Regulation of Stormwater Discharges,” New Regulations and NPDES Permit Requirements, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, June 24, 1992.

Presenter, “State Takings Law Claims,” Land Use Law and Practice, Idaho Law Foundation, Boise, Idaho, June 12, 1992.

Presenter, “Wetland Issues Affecting the Mining Industry,” Environmental Management — Wetland Concerns, IAEM Environmental Management Expo, Seattle, Washington, June 3-4, 1992.

Presenter, “Federal, State, and Local Wetlands Enforcement Issues,” Key Issues in Wetlands Regulation in Idaho, National Business Institute, Boise, Idaho, April 23, 1992.

Presenter, “Water Quality Issues,” Mining, Exploration, and the Environment ’92, Association of Exploration Geologists, Bellevue, Washington, April 6-10, 1992.

Presenter, “Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,” The Environmental Regulations Course, Executive Enterprises, Idaho Falls, Idaho, January 13-15, 1992.

Presenter, “Water Quality Issues Affecting the Mining Industry,” Clean Water Act Seminar, Executive Enterprises, Bellevue, Washington, September 11-13, 1991.

Presenter, “Avoiding Environmental Liability in Idaho,” National Business Institute, Boise, Idaho, July 9, 1991.

Presenter, “Wetland Issues Confronting the Mining Industry,” Wetlands Protection in Idaho: Living with “No Net Loss,” University of Idaho, Boise, Idaho, February 20-21, 1991.

Presenter, “The Bevill Amendment and the Status of Mining Wastes Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act,” Management of Hazardous Substances Short Course, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Breckenridge, Colorado, October 21-26, 1990.

Presenter, “Lenders’ Concerns,” Hazardous Waste in Real Estate Transactions, CLE International, Boise, Idaho, October 11-12, 1990.

Presenter, “Financial Considerations Regarding Environmental Liabilities: Acquisitions and Divestitures,” American Mining Congress Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 23-26, 1990.

Presenter, “Lenders’ Concerns,” Hazardous Waste in Real Estate Transactions, CLE International, Boise, Idaho, October 17-18, 1989.

Co-Author, “Environmental Balance,” The Mining Law of 1872: A Legal and Historical Analysis, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1989.

Presenter, “Update of RCRA/CERCLA Issues Affecting Public Lands and/or the Mining Industry,” American Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 17-18, 1989.

Co-Author, “Environmental Permitting,” Natural Resources and Environment, American Bar Association, Winter 1987.

Presenter, “Legal Liabilities of RCRA,” Corporate Strategies for Managing Hazardous Waste, CH2M Hill, Boise, Idaho, May 6, 1986.

Presenter, “Federal Environmental Law,” Environmental Law Symposium, Idaho Law Foundation, Boise, Idaho, November 8, 1985.

Author, “Toxic Substances Control Act” chapter, Environmental Regulation of the Mining Industry, Matthew Bender, The American Law of Mining (2d Edition 1984).

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1981, Colorado 1984, Idaho

Law School Attended

  • University of Colorado School of Law Class of 1981 J.D.

University Attended

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A.
  • Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa