Elizabeth (Liz) Alice Och

Elizabeth (Liz) Alice Och

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 303 454 2469

Fax +1 303 899 7333

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Liz Och is dedicated to resolving her clients' complex litigation challenges. Liz combines her commercial litigation experience with her background in environmental science and dispute resolution to bring creative, collaborative solutions to conflicts over natural resources, environmental remediation, and energy production.

Liz counsels clients in all stages of environmental and natural resources disputes. She has rich experience with matters arising under the federal environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Air Act. Liz also advises clients on state cleanup statutes. Her work for clients in the energy industry includes litigating conflicts regarding royalty disputes and lease-interpretation issues.

In her general commercial practice, Liz works with clients across a variety of industries to carefully evaluate and efficiently resolve their litigation matters. She has litigated disputes arising under the Freedom of Information Act and state records acts. Liz also has experience with both government and internal compliance investigations. In any context, Liz is a valuable asset for the team. She is quick to learn her clients' industries and motivations to identify business-minded solutions. Clients value Liz's leadership, team-mindedness, and project-management skills.

In law school, Liz was a founding member of The Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law. She also holds a master's of science from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Liz is passionate about giving back to her community. She is a member of the firm's recruiting committee and is closely involved in the Denver office's summer associate program. Liz previously served on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and is an active member and past Co-Chair of the organization's Associate Advisory Board. She also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Awards and recognitions


Commercial Litigation, Ones to Watch
The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


M.S., University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, 2014

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, 2013

B.A., Northwestern University, 2010

Bar admissions and qualifications



Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Representative experience

Representing a higher education finance nonprofit organization in a proposed class-action suit, successfully securing dismissal of the claims.

Representing an industrial client in various environmental and litigation matters in connection with a Superfund site in Washington state.

With a team, dismissed a purported class action brought by a royalty holder against an oil and gas company before the Denver District Court and Colorado Court of Appeals.

Successfully briefed BLM lease-prioritization matter in federal court for Peabody Energy, freeing up over US$1bn of coal for extraction.

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