People

Nicholas M. Clabbers

Associate

Denver Office
303.825.7000

Education

J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2015
B.S., magna cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
B.A., cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 2010; Schreyer Honors Scholar (University Honors Program)

Bar Admissions

Colorado
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Nicholas M. Clabbers

Nick Clabbers’ practice encompasses a wide range of airport, transit, and environmental law issues.  Nick is heavily involved in the Firm’s administrative and litigation practices.  He has represented numerous airport sponsors in proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration and courts on matters of grant compliance, environmental reviews, and airport development.  He also has experience drafting and negotiating agreements on behalf of airport sponsors and other public entity clients.  Nick frequently counsels public and private entities on compliance with local, state, and federal environmental law.  Previously, Nick served in two different legal positions at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on a number of different matters concerning the Clean Air Act and renewable fuel standards.

Representative Experience

Outside Counsel to Airport Sponsors, Various
Representing several airport sponsors in Part 13 and Part 16 Federal Aviation Administration proceedings involving issues of use restrictions, permissible development, unjust economic discrimination, exclusive rights, and Indian law; providing advice on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters, including the implementation of Safety Management Systems, real estate and land use issues, negotiations with Customs and Border Protection, air carrier bankruptcy, and compliance with required federal contracting provisions

City of Chicago, Illinois
Representing the City of Chicago in federal and state inverse condemnation litigation surrounding the expansion and development of O’Hare International Airport

City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Successfully represented the City in federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in a case involving the City’s planned construction of a new bus rapid transit system following Route 66

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Provided pro bono representation to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in filing an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in support of a federal regulation requiring monitoring and recordkeeping for imported seafood, which was later upheld

Summit County, Colorado
Assisted two clients in the transfer and consolidation of several conservation easements to streamline the legal protections and benefits for the property

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

  • Head Ride Ambassador and Board Member, Boulder Cycling Club (2015–Present)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholar (2014–2015)
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Scholar (2014–2015)
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Orientation Leadership Program (2013)
  • University of Colorado School of Law Client Counseling Competition Winner (2012)

Education

J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 2015
B.S., magna cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
B.A., cum laude, Pennsylvania State University, 2010; Schreyer Honors Scholar (University Honors Program)

Bar Admissions

Colorado
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit