Gould, Peter S.

Peter S. Gould


Peter Gould is the managing partner of our Denver office, and works closely with federal and state regulatory agencies, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to assist clients with matters involving administrative law, government investigations, litigation and dispute resolution and public policy.

He advises clients in a variety of areas, including energy, natural resources, environmental and industrial health and safety, where he frequently represents employers in whistleblower actions. He also provides crisis management counsel and helps devise regulatory and legislative strategies for clients.

Peter also gives strategic counsel related to energy development and transportation and power generation and transmission from natural gas, coal, wind, and solar sources. He provides advice to entities doing business worldwide and provides representation nationally in litigation before federal and state courts and agencies, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.

As counsel to a variety of nongovernmental organizations on issues of governance, compliance, liability and dispute resolution, Peter also assists clients in establishing their international presence.

During law school, Peter worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine.



  • Vermont Law School, J.D.
  • Vermont Law School, M.S.E.L., cum laude
  • Trinity College - Connecticut, B.A.


  • Colorado


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Colorado Lawyers Committee – Board Member
  • American Mountain Guides Association – Board Member (2007-2012)
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Board Nominating Committee Member  (2011-2012)
  • Craig Hospital – 1907 Ambassador’s Circle
  • Denver Art Museum –Young Associate
  • Colorado Mining Association 
  • Nevada Mining Association
  • American Bar Association 
  • Colorado Bar Association 
  • Denver Bar Association 
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Publications, Speeches, Presentations

  • Forty Under 40,” De Panel moderator, “MSHA: Mining through the Regulatory Changes,” American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, OSH Law Committee Midwinter Meeting, Tucson, AZ (March 14, 2014)
  • Panelist, “Current Trends in Mine Safety and Health Law,” 9th Annual Joint Western Mine Safety and Health Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 21-23, 2013)
  • Panelist, “Current Trends in Mine Safety and Health Law,” 8th Annual Mine Safety & Health Conference, Reno, Nevada (October 22-24, 2012)
  • Co-author, “Regulatory Compliance and the Quest for Consistency” Coal Age Magazine (November 2012)
  • Presenter, “Best Practices for Document Legal Privilege Claims & Related Liability Risk Management,” National Mining Association - CORESafety Workshop, Denver, CO (June 7, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Managing the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in 2012,” Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association Winter Workshops, Indianapolis, IN (February 9 2012)
  • Speaker, “Cracking the Code: Understanding U.S. Mining Law and Using the Real Meaning of the Rules to Maximize Profit and Limit Liability,” presented to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandston, South Africa (August 10, 2011)
  • Author, “The Present and Future of U.S. Mining,” Coal Age Magazine (May 2011)
  • Presenter, “Welcome to the new MSHA: What we need to do to deal with the latest enforcement philosophy,” and “Proactive Strategies for Dealing with MSHA in the Current Enforcement Environment,” Fifth Annual Professional Development Mine and Construction Safety & Health Seminar for Foremen, Supervisors, Managers & Owners, Spokane, WA (March 22, 2011)
  • “Taking Inventory: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?” Aggregates Manager Magazine (May 2010)
  • “Taking Inventory: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?” Coal Age Magazine (April 2010)
  • “RockLaw: D-Paper D-Ciphered,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (November 2009)
  • “The Continuing Evolution of the Informal Conference,” Coal Age (February 2009)
  • “Achieving Alcohol and Drug Free Mines: A Better Approach,” Coal Age (October 2008)
  • “Stopping Substance Abuse,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (October 2008)
  • “Penalty Assessments, Good Faith, and Financial Relief,” Coal Age (June 2008)
  • “The Dirty Dozen in 15 Minutes or Less,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (January 2008)
  • “The MINER Act and Immediate Notification,” Coal Age (May 2007)
  • “Regulatory Oversight,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (March 2007)
  • Appearance, Electrical Safety in the Workplace: Expert Analyses of NFPA 70E and OSHA’s Electrical Standard (Subpart S), Denver, Colorado, Thursday, January 25, 2007
  • “Limiting Your Liability,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (July 2006)
  • “The Mine Act and Liability for Knowing and Willful Violations,” Coal Age (July 2005)
  • “Citations and Proposed Assessments as Perishable Goods,” Aggregates Manager Magazine (June 2005)
  • Welding Fume Litigation: Status and Limiting Liability, Report to the Nevada Mining Association (January 6, 2005)
  • “MSHA versus OSHA: Who’s in charge here anyway?” Aggregates Manager Magazine (November/December 2004)

Clerk Experience

  • Colorado District Court
    Judge Daniel C. Hale
    January 2002 - August 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Coan
    January 2003 - December 2003
  • “Forty Under 40,” Denver Business Journal (2014)
  • Pro Bono Partner of the Year, Patton Boggs LLP (2012)
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Colorado (2012-2014)
  • Environmental Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • Dean’s Fellow, Vermont Law School (2001-2002)

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