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Dietrich C. Hoefner

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Dietrich anticipates changes in regulatory focus and provides clients real-time, practical advice and guidance.

Dietrich focuses his practice on complex regulatory matters for a wide range of clients across numerous industries including energy, utilities, natural resources, and alcoholic beverages. Dietrich is also a member of the firm’s renewable energy decommissioning industry team, focusing on strategies to address and anticipate changing regulations affecting end-of-life issues for renewable energy facilities. His experience includes matters related to:

  • Regulated and cooperative utilities, including transmission planning, rate-regulation, and complaint cases before state public utilities commissions.
  • Environmental permitting for renewable energy, mining, and industrial projects.
  • Development of mining and energy projects on public lands.
  • Purchase and sale of properties with significant water, mineral, or other natural resource components.
  • Hazardous substances issues related to real estate sales and developments.
  • Wetlands issues, including waters of the United States determinations and Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting.
  • State and federal liquor licensing and regulation, including new licenses, transfers of ownership, defense of state liquor code investigations, license renewals, and other areas relating to the regulation of liquor-licensed businesses.

Prior to joining the firm, Dietrich was an attorney at the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, where he worked on energy utility and consumer protection matters. He was also a research fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, where he focused on energy regulation.

More About Dietrich C. Hoefner


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 2013
  • A.B., Lafayette College, 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2013
  • Arizona, 2023

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


  • City of Louisville, Colorado, City Council Member
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments, Board Member
  • Colorado Bar Association Environmental Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer, 2021-2022, Vice Chair, 2022-2023, Chair, 2023-2024
  • Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Board Member, 2017-2020
  • Friends of Chamber Music, Board Member
  • Electric Cooperative Bar Association, Member
  • Energy Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, 2021-2024



  • Presenter, "Decommissioning and End-of-Life Considerations for Solar and Wind Projects," Lewis Roca Webinar, December 2023
  • Presenter, "What Are Energy Markets and Why Are We Talking About Them Now?" CEMS Fall Conference, September 2023
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