Anne Harrington counsels clients in the energy and natural resources industries on a wide range of regulatory, administrative and public policy concerns ranging from compliance with federal and state environmental, health and safety laws, to Western public lands laws, to obtaining regulatory approvals.

    Additionally, she draws from her past experience as a legal analyst and compliance deputy for an international biopharmaceutical and vaccines company and her training in bioethics to represent healthcare and health data companies. She advises clients ranging from small physician practices to state health information exchanges on federal and state regulatory issues with a focus on data privacy.

    Energy and Natural Resources

    In her energy and natural resources practice, Anne regularly advises national and international companies on regulatory compliance with state and federal health and safety laws, helps to manage company responses to regulatory inspections, investigations, citations, accidents and whistleblower actions, and defends companies in resulting state and federal enforcement actions (primarily MSHA and OSHA). She has substantial experience in drafting state and federal legislation, advising clients on public policy implications of legislative efforts, participating in federal notice and comment rulemaking efforts, and working with clients to devise and execute public policy strategies, including Congressional outreach, to address federal agency matters.

    Healthcare

    Anne has deep experience in developing risk management strategies, drafting privacy and security policies; negotiating complex data agreements with unique data privacy questions; and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws such as HIPAA and HITECH; 42 CFR Part 2, state laws and guidance governing privacy, security and breach notification; and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

    In addition to her work as a lawyer, she has taught medical ethics at a large state university and sits on the ethics committee of a nationally-ranked children's hospital.

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    Energy and Natural Resources

    • Representing oil and gas, gold, silver, trona ore, potash, copper and nickel mining companies operating on BLM and USFS land in Colorado, California, Nevada, Minnesota and Arizona, on matters arising under federal land management and environmental statutes, the General Mining Laws, Mineral Leasing Acts and counterpart state laws.
    • Representing one of the world’s largest oil industry service companies in connection with development of hydraulic fracturing disclosure and methane emission regulations in Colorado. This included securing permits for a water recycling facility to serve oil and gas well drilling contractors – a first of its kind operation – under Colorado recycling regulations.
    • Successfully negotiating major settlement with Mine Safety and Health Administration to avoid a crippling “pattern violator” designation for large Western mining client.
    • Handling multiple unwarrantable failure and flagrant citations issued by MSHA and litigating multiple employment discrimination claims under Section 105(c) of the Mine Act.
    • Advising a gas plant and pipeline company on regulatory compliance matters under North Dakota law and air emission requirements under federal law.
    • Advising extractive industry clients in the oil and gas and mining sectors concerning safety compliance and safety regulations, including participation in on-site agency inspections and responding to reportable injury incidents.
    • Drafting state and federal legislation, advising clients on public policy implications of legislative efforts, participating in federal notice and comment rulemaking efforts (most recently with agencies in the Departments of Interior and Labor), and working with clients to devise and execute public policy strategies, including Congressional outreach, to address federal agency matters.

    Healthcare

    • Providing detailed general counsel to a public-private, state-wide health information exchange.
    • Counseling a highly successful, statewide all payer claims database, including conducting contract negotiations with payers and navigating unique data privacy questions.
    • Advising public, private and nonprofit companies operating within the healthcare sector concerning compliance with (or challenges to) the administrative requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, with particular emphasis on HIPAA and related HIT issues.
    • Advised clients regarding the preparation of hospital medical staff bylaws and fair hearing procedures.

    Education

    • University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • University of Pennsylvania, M.B.E., 2009
    • Princeton University, B.A., 2003

    Admissions

    • Colorado

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
    • Colorado Oil and Gas Association
    • Colorado and Denver bar associations

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