Law Clerk, Hon. Carolyn McHugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2021–22
J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018
B.A., cum laude, Tufts University, 2010
District of Columbia, 2019
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2021
Brandon Rattiner counsels a wide array of clients on regulatory, policy, litigation, and transactional matters related to clean energy and environmental issues. He has extensive knowledge of current rules and emerging regulatory trends in the climate change space.
Brandon represents municipal, industry, and nonprofit leaders at the forefront of the clean energy transition. He advises clients in proceedings before federal and state administrative bodies involving topics like electric resource planning, resource and transmission project approvals, emissions reductions rulemakings, electric vehicle integration, and environmental justice. He helps established and startup businesses respond to ever-changing regulatory requirements and opportunities. He also regularly drafts and negotiates purchase and sale agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, and other project-related documents.
Additionally, Brandon is a seasoned advocate. He has represented a variety of businesses and environmental organizations in federal and state court and before different administrative agencies. His broad experience includes protecting national monuments in Utah, defending emissions reductions rules, representing clients in disputes under NEPA and public lands statutes, litigating cleanup and compliance costs under federal environmental statutes, and advising clients in environmental enforcement matters.
Brandon previously served as U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Denver Metro Area Regional Director and helped lead efforts to protect and increase funding for land conservation during multiple Colorado General Assembly sessions. Drawing on these experiences, Brandon advises clients on sensitive government and public policy issues. He has drafted ballot measures, legislative text, and intergovernmental agreements, and he regularly counsels clients on pending bills and rules. Brandon also acts as general counsel to various special districts and boards, and he has deep expertise in governance issues and laws like TABOR, the Local Government Budget Law of Colorado, the Colorado Open Meetings Law, and the Colorado Open Records Act.
Prior to joining the Firm, Brandon worked as an associate at a large global law firm and clerked for the Honorable Carolyn McHugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. During law school, he interned for the Honorable Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, at the Department of Justice in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and for the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate and Air Program. He also served as an Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.