Practices

Specialized Fields

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation
  • Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
  • CERCLA and Other Waste Cleanup
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Administrative Law
  • Property Transactions
  • Brownfields
  • Underground Storage Tanks

Attorneys

Special Counsel

Senior Counsel

Michelle Craig DeVoe

Email - Michelle Craig DeVoe
Phone - 303-382-2907

Michelle Craig DeVoe is a partner at Temkin & Hardt LLP.  Michelle’s practice focuses on environmental litigation, environmental and energy regulatory matters and transactional work. Michelle’s work includes Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and NEPA litigation with national implications, CERCLA cost recovery actions on behalf of private parties, litigation involving state mining laws, and a variety of other state enforcement matters.  Michelle regularly counsels clients on environmental liability and compliance concerns.  She also represents real estate and development clients in transactional matters involving environmental issues on contaminated property, including preparing remediation plans and securing environmental insurance as necessary to protect a client’s interest.   

Michelle received her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky.  She earned her JD with honors from Emory University School of Law in 1995.  While at Emory, she served as Managing Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Development’s Journal.  Michelle regularly speaks on issues of environmental and energy law and recently participated on a panel hosted by Denver University Sturm College of Law on water supply constraints and the impact on economic growth in the State.  Michelle was named in 2008 by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s outstanding “Forty under Forty” business professionals.

Prior to joining Temkin & Hardt LLP, Michelle practiced at national law firms in Denver and Atlanta, and from 1998 to 2002, served as General Counsel for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a non-profit environmental organization in Atlanta.  Michelle is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Georgia.  

Representative Matters

  • Sued the United States on behalf of the largest agricultural water district in the United States in an ESA and NEPA challenge to biological opinions issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

  • Defended a Colorado uranium mining and milling company in a challenge to its state surety bond and reclamation plans.

  • Represented the same uranium company through the regulatory process for decommissioning its Colorado uranium milling facility.

  • Represented local water and sanitation district in state rulemaking on arsenic water quality standards.

  • Sued the United States Armed Forces on behalf of a national homebuilder in a CERCLA cost recovery action to recover costs incurred to remediate unexploded ordnance at a former military installation.

  • Sued the United States Air Force on behalf of a coalition of homebuilders in a case of first impression under Section 330 of the Defense Authorization Act for costs incurred to cleanup asbestos in soil on a former U.S. Air Force base.

  • Negotiated environmental remediation plan and environmental indemnity provisions to protect interests of a major ski resort in purchase of a transportation company.