People

Robert W. Randall

Partner

Denver Office
303.825.7000

Education

J.D., Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, 1996
B.J., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado
United States District Court for the District of Alaska
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Robert W. Randall

Bob Randall has more than 20 years of experience representing and counseling citizens, communities, and advocacy groups on land management and energy development issues in state and federal court litigation, before administrative agencies, and with elected officials.

Bob’s career has been at the intersection of public policy and conservation, first as a public interest advocate for resource protection and then as a public servant working towards resource stewardship.  He has negotiated interagency agreements with federal agencies; prosecuted federal and state court litigation on behalf of conservation organizations; managed drafting, implementation, and legislative approval of state energy regulations; secured $36 million to implement Colorado’s first-ever Water Plan; managed communications and policy responses to crisis situations; and helped achieve protection of iconic landscapes like the Thompson Divide and the Roan Plateau.

Bob previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 2016 to 2019, overseeing a $400 million budget, 2,500 full- and part-time employees, and a portfolio that included all of Colorado’s oil and gas, water, wildlife, state trust lands, and state parks.  Before that, Bob served as DNR’s Deputy Director from 2010 to 2016, as Assistant Director for Energy and Minerals from 2009 to 2010 and, prior to that, as Federal Lands Coordinator.

Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization.  Before moving to Colorado, Bob spent seven years as a staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bob’s work in all these posts has focused on natural resources, particularly regarding energy and mineral development, public lands management, water, wildlife, and outdoor recreation.

Representative Experience

Colorado Roadless Rule
Shepherded U.S. Department of Agriculture’s adoption of final federal rule protecting 4.2 million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado, including 1.2 million acres of Upper Tier that enjoy a higher level of conservation of roadless area characteristics.  See 36 C.F.R. Part 294 Subpart D “Colorado Roadless Area Management”

Denali National Park and Preserve
Represented conservation organizations in challenge to National Park Service decision to allow snowmobile use in Wilderness Areas of Denali National Park & Preserve for activities not occurring when Wilderness Areas were designated; work included drafting comments on proposed rule, testifying at public hearings, meeting with Park Service personnel at Denali and NPS Alaska Regional Office, and prosecuting litigation challenging the final rule

Colorado the Beautiful Initiative
Oversaw implementation of Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative, with a goal that within one generation, every Coloradan lives within 10 minutes of a park, trail, or vibrant open space; worked to secure $2.5 million annually for construction of nonmotorized trails in Colorado and $6 million for a new Colorado the Beautiful Trails Grant Program

Gold King Mine Release, La Plata and San Juan Counties, Colorado
Managed state policy and communications response to EPA release of mine waste water from the Gold King Mine—an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colorado

Oversight of Oil and Gas Operations
Drafted new and amended rules of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) 2008 overhaul of state regulations for oil and gas development (rule changes introduced public comment to the permitting process, addressed potential impacts to wildlife resources and human health, and updated requirements related to waste management, hydraulic fracturing, and reclamation); oversaw adoption of new Colorado rules related to heightened penalties for violations of COGCC’s rules, oversight of flowlines, and expanded setbacks around school properties

Interagency Cooperation on Outdoor Recreation
Convened and chaired cabinet-level working group on outdoor recreation issues in Colorado, including trail planning and construction, transportation planning, and health equity, culminating in Colorado Executive Order B 2018-010, creating Interagency Trails Council, and promoting conservation and outdoor recreation

Legislative Testimony
Myriad appearances before committees of the Colorado General Assembly, including testimony at oversight hearings, testimony on legislation, and testimony at budget hearings

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

News & Publications

Presentations

Relationship Between People and the Outdoors
Opening Remarks for Executive Order B 2018-10
10.26.18
Keynote Speaker
Trout Unlimited Collegiate Peaks Chapter Annual Meeting
09.13.18
Hunting in the Context of Outdoor Recreation Economy
Welcoming Remarks at Cameo Shooting and Education Complex
August 2018
Interstate Interests in Reauthorization of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
August 2018
Importance of Reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund
Elevate Conservation at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
07.23.18
Oil and Gas: Regulatory and Funding Update 
Energy & Environment Symposium
04.19.18
Priorities of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Club 20 Day at the Capitol
February 2018
Regulatory Update on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Denver Petroleum Club
November 2017
Opening Remarks
30th Anniversary of Colorado Natural Areas Program
September 2017
The ‘Colorado Way’ of Meeting Political and Social Challenges on Water
Moderator
Colorado Water Congress
August 2017
Colorado’s New Way of Doing Business on Water
Trout Unlimited, Headwaters Chapter Annual Dinner
July 2017
Background on Oil and Gas Oversight in Colorado
Rocky Mountain Pipeliners Club
June 2017
Ensuring Sufficient Funding for Departmental Priorities
Energy & Environment Symposium
04.20.17
Fostering Progress and Change in Colorado Water Policy
American Water Resources Association – Colorado Chapter
April 2017
Regulatory Issues: Current v. Legacy Mining in Colorado
Colorado Mining Association
February 2017
Colorado Roadless Rule: A Lesson in Cooperative Federalism
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
February 2017
Water Projects, Water Policy, and Implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan
Keynote Speaker
Colorado Agriculture-Water Alliance Annual Summit
11.29.16
Leading on Water
Keynote Speaker
Annual South Platte Forum
10.26.16
Water, Growth, and Challenges in Colorado
Annual Colorado Water Officials Association Conference
09.29.16
The Relationship Between People and the Outdoors
Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon
09.09.16
Opening Remarks
Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s Oil and Gas Cleantech Challenge
09.01.16
Greater Sage Grouse Conservation in Colorado
Western Governors Association Sage Grouse Task Force
September 2016
Opening Remarks
Elk Falls Trail Dedication Ceremony at Staunton State Park
September 2016
Awards Presentation
28th Annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit
08.25.16
Connecting People to the Outdoors
Hispanic Access Foundation
08.18.16
Update on Oil and Gas Regulatory Issues
Colorado Forum
July 2016
Evolving Energy Policy in Colorado
Energy Generation Leadership Program
July 2016
Colorado the Beautiful and Outdoor Recreation in Colorado
BLM Resource Advisory Council Statewide Meeting
April 2016
Update on Gold King Mine Release in San Juan County, Colorado
Colorado Bar Association, Natural Resources Section
August 2015
Welcoming Remarks
Public Meeting on Browns Canyon National Monument
December 2014
Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Development
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Environmental Law Clinic
October 2014
Council on State Governments
09.26.14
Colorado’s Severance Tax: Sources, Spending, and Challenges
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Competitive Council
September 2014
Colorado Association of Retired Americans
07.10.14
China Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Interior, International Technical Assistance Program
05.12.14
North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference
03.12.14
Addressing Oil and Gas Impacts on Wildlife: Statutory Review, 2008-2013 
3rd Annual Natural Gas Symposium
10.15.13
Emerging Issues in Oil and Gas Development
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
October 2013
​Legislator Town Hall
04.20.13
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.08.13
Land Use for a Lifetime: Changing Demographics and Shifting Priorities
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
03.08.13
State Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing
Garden Club of Denver
February 2013
Innovation, Sustainability in Energy Policy
University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Statewide Sustainability Roundtable
November 2012
Colorado’s Carbon Capture and Sequestration Task Force
Colorado School of Mines
October 2012
Appropriate Role of Regulation: Perspectives from State Government
2nd Annual Natural Gas Symposium
October 2012
Merging Science, Policy, and Economics for Practical Solutions on Drought
Statewide Drought Conference
September 2012
Oil and Gas Activity and Oversight in Colorado
EPA Local Government Advisory Committee
April 2012
Oil and Gas Oversight in Colorado
Clean Energy Forum
April 2012
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rules and Regulations
BLM Resource Advisory Council Statewide Meeting
March 2012
Merging Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Agencies
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
February 2012
Colorado and BLM: Cooperative Federalism in Action
Colorado BLM New Employee Orientation
May 2011
Transition Planning at Colorado Parks and Wildlife 
Colorado Wildlife Advisory Committee
May 2011
Water and Gravel Mining: Exposed Groundwater, Augmentation, and Floodplain Rules
Colorado Stone, Sand, & Gravel Annual Meeting
February 2011
Colorado Bar Association, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Sections
November 2010
NEPA Lessons Learned 
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Special Institute on the National Environmental Policy Act
October 2010
DNR Budget and River Access Task Force
Club 20 Public Lands & Natural Resources Committee
July 2010
Overview of COGCC Rulemaking, 2007-2009
University of Colorado-Denver, Wildlife Management Law & Policy
June 2010
Rulemaking on Oil and Gas, Uranium Mining, and Geothermal Leasing 
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
February 2010
Colorado’s Strategy for Development of Oil Shale 
29th Annual Oil Shale Symposium
10.19.09
Administrative & Legislative Update: The Shifting Requirements for Disposition of Federal Oil Shale Resources
27th Annual Oil Shale Symposium
10.16.07
The Changing Legal Landscape for Leasing of Federal Oil Shale Reserves
26th Annual Oil Shale Symposium
10.18.06

Publications

Co-Author
Natural Resources Defense Council, Western Resource Advocates, and Pembina Institute
June 2007
Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act: Citizens Guide
Co-Author and Contributor
The Wilderness Society
2001
Under the Influence: Oil and the Industrialization of America’s Arctic
Contributor
Trustees for Alaska
1998

Education

J.D., Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, 1996
B.J., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado
United States District Court for the District of Alaska
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit