People

Samantha R. Caravello

Associate

Denver Office
303.825.7000

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015
Law Clerk, Justice William W. Hood, III, Colorado Supreme Court
B.A., magna cum laude, New York University, 2010

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and D.C. Circuit

Samantha R. Caravello

Samantha Caravello focuses on a wide range of environmental, energy, and airport law issues.  She is heavily involved in the Firm’s litigation, administrative, and regulatory practices.  Samantha advises clients on matters involving compliance with local, state, and federal environmental law, with a focus on air quality.  Her experience includes representing clients in state and federal court and before state administrative bodies, including the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission.

Previously, Samantha worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, where she represented the organization in several matters related to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Bureau of Land Management regulations.  She clerked for Justice William W, Hood, III of the Colorado Supreme Court and attended Harvard Law School, where she was co-Editor-in-Chief of Volume 39 of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Representative Experience

City and County of Denver, Colorado
Represent the City of Denver in state court litigation defending against challenge to airport noise monitoring system

City of Los Angeles, California
Represent the City of Los Angeles in federal litigation challenging FAA changes to flight routes in and around Los Angeles

Colorado Oil and Gas Regulations
Represent environmental groups and coalition of local governments in Colorado Air Quality Control Commission rulemakings addressing air quality issues from oil and gas activities, and represent environmental and public health groups in related state court litigation 

Colorado Clean Car Standards
Represent environmental groups in Colorado Air Quality Control Commission rulemakings regarding the adoption of clean car standards and in defense of those standards in state court litigation

Environmental Defense Fund FOIA Litigation
Represent the Environmental Defense Fund before the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia seeking public records from the Department of Transportation under the Freedom of Information Act

BLM Methane Waste Rule
Defended the Bureau of Land Management’s authority to regulate methane waste from oil and gas development on publicly- and tribally-owned lands at both district court and appellate levels; challenged efforts by subsequent administration to suspend and rescind regulations

EPA Oil and Gas Regulation
Litigated effort to compel EPA to issue guidelines limiting methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas sector; submitted comments on EPA proposal to withdraw guidelines for reducing smog-forming emissions from oil and gas sector on behalf of coalition of environmental and public health organizations

Professional and Civic Activities / Awards

  • Member, Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado Associates Advisory Board (2020–Present)
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • Recipient, Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Community Leadership (2015)

News & Publications

Publications

A Leader in Following: Colorado's Adoption of California Clean Car Standards
ABA Natural Resources & Environment Vol. 34, No. 1
Summer 2019

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2015
Law Clerk, Justice William W. Hood, III, Colorado Supreme Court
B.A., magna cum laude, New York University, 2010

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and D.C. Circuit