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Michael J.P. Hazel

Counsel

Hazel, Michael J.P.

Michael Hazel handles a wide range of complex government 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 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. He currently serves on the Associates Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado. 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.

Experience

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.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in government and regulatory litigation

Publications & News

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September 25, 2017

Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines constituted “mining” under the federal regulation governing mineral development on tribal land. This is an interesting and noteworthy decision for anyone involved in developing energy projects (both renewable and conventional) on tribal lands.

September 18, 2017

Council on Environmental Quality Releases Initial List of Actions to Streamline NEPA Reviews

Last week, the Deputy Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, issued a memo directing the Department's bureaus to streamline environmental impact statements prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

July 27, 2017

Michael Hazel Selected for Prestigious Leadership Denver Program

Hazel will participate in a year-long program that immerses him in the challenges and opportunities facing Denver, including those related to education, transportation, poverty and healthcare.
 

January 25, 2017

Agencies Chart the Future of US Offshore Wind Development

In this article published by Pratt's Energy Law Report, Mark Kalpin, Michael Hazel, Bonnie Heiple and Raya Treiser discuss a national strategy recently announced by the US Departments of Energy and the Interior to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States.

October 13, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Supreme Court Cases to Watch

The Supreme Court began its new term on Monday, October 3, with only eight justices instead of the full complement of nine. Perhaps in part as a result of its desire to avoid controversial cases, the Court has accepted fewer matters involving environmental, energy and natural resources issues.

September 27, 2016

Agencies Chart the Future of US Offshore Wind Development

The US Department of Energy and US Department of the Interior recently announced an updated national strategy to facilitate the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the United States, with a goal of supporting the development of 86 gigawatts of wind energy by 2050.

March 28, 2016

WilmerHale Continues Expansion in Denver with Addition of Two Attorneys

WilmerHale announced that it has added two attorneys to its Denver office—Michael J.P. Hazel as counsel and Nora Q.E. Passamaneck as senior associate. The addition of Mr. Hazel and Ms. Passamaneck further bolsters the Denver office's strengths in natural resources, complex government and internal investigations, and intellectual property litigation, and underscores the importance of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region to WilmerHale.

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.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2008, Order of the Coif; Executive Notes Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal

AB, Public Policy, summa cum laude, Duke University, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Colorado

California

District of Columbia

Clerkships

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

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