Rhine, Julia E.

Julia Rhine helps her clients navigate Colorado’s complex oil and gas landscape with political savvy and a talent for collaborative problem solving. She focuses her practice on cases involving state and local government regulatory energy frameworks, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and other matters subject to review under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) or other procedural statutes. She frequently handles enforcement proceedings before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Julia represents clients on a range of natural resources matters involving sensitive or contentious stakeholder issues. She also routinely advises energy firms and investors on issues affecting the oil and gas industry in Colorado, including impacts from litigation, potential statewide ballot and legislative measures, state and local regulations, and the potential impacts of state and local political elections.

In an industry fraught with political uncertainty, Julia considers every stakeholder at the table and keeps long-term goals in view while working on short-term solutions. She has built a reputation for finding opportunities for compromise in difficult situations and creating resolutions that withstand regulatory volatility.

Prior to joining the firm, Julia worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Richard P. Matsch and the Hon. John L. Kane of the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.

Representative Matters
  • Won a major ruling in Adams County District Court on behalf of client, Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). COGA and API jointly filed suit in October to overturn a number of oil and gas regulations adopted by the City of Thornton. Colorado District Court Judge Edward Moss ruled that many of Thornton’s regulations, including its setback regulations, were illegal and operationall preempted by state law.

  • • Successfully represented Extraction Oil and Gas in Boulder District Court against Boulder County’s challenge to Extraction’s leases. The Court ruled against Boulder’s theory that pooling restrictions in the leases precluded Extraction from pooling multiple leases, and held for Extraction on all points of law.

News & Events

Member, Wonderbound Board of Trustees and Development Committee

Attendance Mediation Workshops, Denver Public Schools

  • J.D., 2012, University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., 2008, with distinction, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Colorado

Who's Who in Energy, Denver Business Journal, 2019

Co-founder and co-chair, The Michigan Energy Law Association

Founder and co-chair, National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition


Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association