John Kolanz brings over 25 years of practice experience in environmental and natural resource law to Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC. John spent the first eight years of his career in the highly-regarded environmental section of a large law firm. There he was part of a sophisticated practice counseling corporate clients on a broad range of regulatory compliance and permitting issues arising out of business operations, enforcement activities, and real estate transactions.
After leaving the large firm setting to come to Colorado, John worked as in-house counsel for the City of Greeley, where he continued his focus on environmental and natural resource issues. While at the City of Greeley, John established the Environmental and Water Resources Practice Group, which provides specialized in-house legal counsel to the Greeley Water and Sewer Department and its appointed board. John’s work for the City of Greeley included handling environmental permitting for large water infrastructure projects.
John helps businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and individuals negotiate the complex regulatory landscape and achieve their goals in a timely, efficient, and responsible manner. He has significant practice experience in virtually all of the major environmental and natural resource statutory programs, including those addressing water quality, wetlands, drinking water, air quality, endangered species, hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, toxic substances, asbestos, and federal lands.
The regulatory landscape is complex and fluid. Regulated entities must satisfy not only existing obligations, but also anticipate the impacts of future requirements on their operations. If you face a transaction involving contaminated property, need to understand the regulatory implications of a business expansion or capital project, want to stay abreast of regulatory developments crucial to your operations, or require assistance in an enforcement matter, call John.
A resident of Colorado since 1997, John and his family enjoy the Colorado outdoors and are all avid skiers, hikers, and fly fishermen.