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Alison M. Nelson

Alison M. Nelson

Senior Counsel
Denver
office: 303.749.7263
fax: 303.749.7272
Overview

Ali has experience advising companies in connection with mining and mineral extraction, regulated transmission projects, coal-fired power plants, and renewable and clean energy projects.

Since joining the firm in 2005, Ali has helped numerous companies address the environmental issues surrounding business and property transactions by performing due-diligence reviews of environmental records, assisting with the transfer of required permits, evaluating liability for pre-existing contamination, and drafting purchase and sale contracts.

Ali has also helped clients maintain compliance with permitting and reporting requirements under various state and federal environmental regulations. Additionally, she has prepared retention schedules for environmental records and assisted with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) cost recovery and contribution actions, permit and enforcement defense, and other litigation.

Ali also has experience in litigation matters. She was a volunteer fire fighter and currently practices law and lives in Boise, Idaho.


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Education

  • J.D., Lewis Clark Northwestern School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Environmental Law, articles editor
  • B.A., Whitman College
    • cum laude
    • Politics, Environmental Studies

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Idaho
  • Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee, Electronic Communications Vice Chair, 2014-present
  • Fourth District Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar, Business and Corporate Law Section, Professional Development Series, Participant, 2014-2015
  • Idaho State Bar, Environment and Natural Resources Section, Chair, 2014-2015; Vice Chair, 2011-2013; At-Large Council, 2010-2011
  • Idaho State Bar, Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class 2013-2014
  • Idaho Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, Director, 2015-present; Lunch and Learn Subcommittee, Member Co-Chair, 2014-2015
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Experience
  • Served as the primary firm contact for Clean Air Act regulatory compliance and permitting for a Fortune 500 company's mining and agricultural chemical processing facility. Provided project planning and compliance counseling in connection with plant expansion to meet ongoing business needs.
  • Advised the nation's first competitive transmission company focused on public power regarding Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings relating to the acquisition of transmission assets in various states.
  • Assisted with filing the first successful application in the state of Illinois for a certificate of authority to construct a carbon dioxide pipeline.
  • Performed environmental due diligence in connection with the financing and acquisition of wind and solar energy projects in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas totaling more than 1600 megawatts.
  • Resolved title and survey issues associated with the financing and acquisition of wind energy projects in Nebraska.
  • Assisted a metals manufacturer in obtaining environmental land use restrictions allowing for redevelopment of closed manufacturing properties.
  • Assisted in the application for an adjusted standard from generally applicable discharge limits. Resulted in a significant cost savings to the client’s facility.
  • Coordinated a team of approximately 20 paralegals and attorneys in due-diligence activities for a sale involving review of approximately 8,000 ground leases and cell tower leases.
Community Leadership
  • Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District, Volunteer Firefighter, 2008-2016
  • Wilderness Ranch Owners’ Association, Inc., President, Board of Directors, 2013-2014; Secretary, Board of Directors, 2010-2013; member, Architectural Control Committee, 2008-2010