Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Retired) John R. Sharp advises clients on a wide spectrum of administrative and regulatory law issues. His experience encompasses extensive work in the energy sector, including domestic and international oil and gas, nuclear energy, alternative and renewable energy projects, and federal grants and loan guarantees for energy projects.

    John has represented clients in matters before the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue and the Interior Board of Land Appeals, as well as other federal agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board, the National Park Service and numerous agencies within the Department of Defense.

    Lt. Col. Sharp also specializes in federal procurement law, with a special focus on bid protests, M&A due diligence, SBA programs, Veterans Administration issues and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned or Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on procurement, defense and national security-related issues to the table for his clients, having served in the US Army for nearly 22 years in a variety of assignments worldwide before joining the firm.

    A Russian linguist, Lt. Col. Sharp served for many years as a Soviet-East European (Eurasian) Foreign Area Officer, developing special proficiency concerning the Trans-Caucasian and Central Asian regions.

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    • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2005
    • University of Washington, M.A.I.S., 1990
    • University of Tennessee, B.A., with high honors, 1980


    • District of Columbia, 2006
    • Colorado, 2005


    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
    • United States Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Denver Bar Association
    • US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association
    • Association of the United States Army
    • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
    • Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Colorado (2013, 2014)
    • Legion of Merit, United States Army
    • Outstanding Academy Educator, United States Air Force Academy, Academic Year 1999-2000

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