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Tina Van Bockern

Of Counsel

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

With a focus in administrative and civil appeals, Tina Van Bockern guides clients through the appellate process beginning with developing strategies to build and preserve the record and continuing through appellate briefing and oral argument.

Drawing on years of experience representing oil and gas and mining clients on all aspects of project development and environmental compliance, Tina regularly litigates and appeals agency regulations, decisions, and orders affecting these industries. Tina also assists clients in appealing trial court decisions involving a variety of substantive areas including public land use and development, oil and gas and mining law, environmental law, royalties, class actions, Indian law, family law, and administrative law and procedure.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Tina served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Anne M. Mansfield, and as a judicial fellow for Judge Ann B. Frick, both in the Denver District Court.

Experience

Depth of Experience: Tina specializes in administrative and civil litigation and appeals in a broad array of substantive areas, including:

  • Oil and gas and mining law
  • Environmental law 
  • Public Lands and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Indian law
  • Family law
  • Adminsitrative law and procedure


Broad Range of Experience: In addition to litigating in Colorado state courts, Tina has litigated in the Federal District Courts of Colorado, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, and in the 6th, 9th, 10th, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.  
She has also brought numerous appeals before the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Interior Board of Land Appeals, Interior Board of Indian Appeals, and various federal agencies.
 

Client Results

  • Successfully litigated and defended on appeal a challenge to permitting decision under Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. M.L. Johnson Family Properties, LLC v. Bernhardt, 924 F.3d 842 (6th Cir. 2019).

  • Successfully appealed trial court order precluding husband from raising the defense of laches to former wife’s claim for interest on child support arrears. Johnson & Johnson, 380 P.3d 150 (Colo. 2016).

  • Defeated requests for injunctive relief in administrative appeals challenging federal leasing and permitting decisions under NEPA.

  • Successfully appealed and settled civil penalties issued by the U.S. Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR).

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Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Women's Energy Network
  • Colorado Pledge to Diversity, Steering Committee
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers, Denver Post Decree Consultation Clinics
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