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Dale Ratliff


Dale Ratliff

Dale Ratliff provides clients with full-cycle legal guidance on public lands, environmental, and natural resource issues. Dale's practice focuses on natural resource projects on public lands, including oil and gas development, mining projects, transmission infrastructure, renewable energy infrastructure development, and ski area development.

In the early stages of project development, Dale helps clients navigate regulatory compliance as well as leasing and permitting issues, and provides regulatory advocacy through meaningful engagement with the rulemaking process. He is also a keen advocate for clients involved in agency enforcement and litigation matters. Dale's clients also benefit from his experience working with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, and other federal environmental statutes.

Previously working as a fly fishing guide and ski patroller, Dale's more than 10 years living in western Colorado cultivated his desire to help promote balance and growth of resource development and tourism. Dale completed his J.D. at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he finished first in his class and received a certificate of specialization from the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. During law school, Dale served on the editorial board of the University of Denver Water Law Review, worked as a judicial extern for former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., and worked as a legal extern for the environmental nonprofit Earthjustice.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Order of the Coif, first in class, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2016
  • B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Colorado

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Laying the Groundwork: NEPA’s Purpose, Levels of Agency Review, and Process Overview

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
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