Rebecca R. Almon

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Rebecca Almon leads Ireland Stapleton’s Environmental Practice Group.

In her practice, Becky represents both public and private companies across the country and local governments in all aspects of environmental regulation, including federal, state and local permitting; compliance; enforcement matters; water quality and wetlands protection; and environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions.

Becky advises clients with respect to remediation and mitigation pursuant to CERCLA, Brownfields development, and state voluntary clean-up programs; compliance with the Colorado Department of Labor’s Oil and Public Safety regulations; as well as transportation, storage, and disposal issues relating to RCRA. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including one of the largest paint manufacturers in North America, as well as one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in the U.S. She regularly advises local businesses, governmental entities, banks, landowners, and developers.

Becky also negotiates application for and implementation of NEPA compliance documents on behalf of both client applicants and project opponents. She has represented a governmental entity relating to its environmental and land use issues involving NEPA compliance with one of the state’s largest highway transportation projects; represented a client on NEPA issues surrounding one of Colorado’s largest transmission projects; and has represented several clients with NEPA compliance issues at proposed ski resort projects throughout Colorado.

Additionally, her comprehensive knowledge and experience with the regulatory requirements of the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act and National Historic Preservation Act provides her with a unique ability to evaluate and navigate the many environmental issues associated with business transactions. Becky also counsels clients on environmental corporate compliance, due diligence, and sustainability issues, providing guidance on various matters relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and indemnification agreements.

As a former Illinois Assistant Attorney General, Becky prosecuted civil environmental protection violations on behalf of the Illinois EPA, Department of Public Health and Department of Natural Resources.

 

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992, Graduate of Environmental & Energy Law Program, Departmental Honors & Dean’s List, Recipient of Webster-Burke Academic Scholarship
  • B.S., Boston University, Political Science, 1988, cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® for Environmental Law
  • Selected to Chambers USA for Environmental Law
  • Recognized by Law Week Colorado as Barrister’s Best for Environmental Law
  • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers® for Environmental Law
  • Selected to Colorado Super Lawyers’® List of Top 50 Women, 2014
  • Selected to Law Week Colorado’s “Top Women Lawyers,” list 2011
  • “Creative Real Estate Transactions in this Current Market: Brownfields,” at Colorado League of Charter Schools Annual Conference, February 23, 2017
  • “Restore, Reuse, Revitalize That Prime Real Estate,” title of publication September 6, 2016
  • “Transact With Confidence: The Environmental Due Diligence You Should be Doing in a Brownfields Transaction,” at 2016 Colorado Brownfields Conference, August 22, 2016
  • ”Impact of Women in Philanthropy,” at KPMG’S Fifth Annual Executive Women’s Retreat, May 18, 2016
  • “Transact With Confidence: The Environmental Due Diligence You Should be Doing,” at Association of Corporate Counsel’s In-House Counsel Forum, April 20, 2016
  • “States, Feds Offer Incentives for Brownfields,” in Law Week Colorado, August 25, 2014
  • “From Brownfields to Play Fields,” in Byline July 2014
  • “Transact with Confidence: Measures to Account for and Minimize Risk of Liability,” at Law Week Colorado, Mountain Views CLE, May 2012
  • “What Every Developer needs to Know” at Colorado Brownfields Foundation, November 2010
  • “Trash or Treasure? The Intersection of the National Historic Preservation Act and Mine Closure and Reclamation Activities,” at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, November 2009
  • “The Rise of Vapor Intrusion: Benefits and Risks of the 2008 ASTM Standards,” in The Colorado Lawyer, July 2008
  • “The Best of Both Worlds, Cost Recovery Under the Colorado Voluntary Clean-up Program,” at Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, June 2007
  • “Accounting for Environmental Asset Retirement Under FIN 47,” in The Colorado Lawyer, November 2006
  • Colorado Environmental Management Society, Member
  • Regional Institute Health & Environmental Leadership Governing Board
  • Division of Oil and Public Safety, Legal Representative Stakeholder for the Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Legal Representative Stakeholder for the Brownfields Group
  • American, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, Member
  • Colorado Brownfields Foundation, Advisory Council, Past Member
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals, Past Member
  • Mile High United Way, Women United
  • Mile High United Way, Volunteerism Committee, Member
  • Americorps, City Year Denver, Mentor
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, Leadership Course, Mentor
  • Leadership Denver Class of 2014
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  • Quoted in Law Week Colorado, “Is the Endangered Species Act Endangered?” July 30, 2018