Michael J.P. Hazel

Michael Hazel handles a wide range of complex and high-profile investigations and litigation. His practice focuses on regulatory inquiries, administrative challenges and strategic advice, particularly in the environmental, energy and natural resources sectors. He regularly counsels clients in connection with high-stakes regulatory, legislative and criminal matters, and has represented individuals and major corporations in federal and state court, before Congress, and before state and federal agencies.

Mr. Hazel also maintains an active pro bono practice, including state and federal criminal proceedings and the successful representation of an American aid worker being detained in Haiti. From September 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Hazel worked for the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia, providing legal advice and analysis on a range of natural resources, environmental and legislative issues.

Professional Activities

Mr. Hazel was selected to participate in Leadership Denver, a year-long program that immerses him in the challenges and opportunities facing Denver, including those related to education, transportation, poverty and healthcare, as member of the class of 2018.


Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hazel clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also worked for a public interest law firm in Washington DC, focusing on environmental and natural resource issues. During law school, Mr. Hazel completed internships with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Counterterrorism Division of Human Rights Watch. As part of a law school clinic, Mr. Hazel obtained a grant of asylum for a Burmese refugee fleeing ethnic and religious persecution.


  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for his work in government and regulatory litigation
  • Named an energy and resources "Rising Star" by Colorado Super Lawyers in 2018 and 2019

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  • Education

    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008

      magna cum laude Order of the Coif; Executive Notes Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal
    • AB, Public Policy, Duke University, 2004

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • Colorado

    • California

    • District of Columbia

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008 - 2009