Melissa Anne Hailey

Associate Attorney, Colorado Registration No. 42836

Melissa Hailey - AttorneyPrimary Practice Areas

Represents non-profit environmental advocacy organizations in federal litigation brought pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act, and others.

Represents persons injured by insurer bad faith, defective products, and/or professional negligence in state and federal litigation.

Counsels non-profit environmental advocacy organizations on litigation opportunities and potential strategies for achieving
conservation goals.




JD - Seattle University School of Law (2006) cum laude
Focus Areas: Environmental, Natural Resources, and Land Use Law

BA - University of Denver (2001) cum laude
Focus Areas: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

Bar Memberships

State Bars of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona
Federal Bars for the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona
Federal Bars for the U.S. Circuit Courts for the Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeal

Other Experience

2012 - present Southern Plains Land Trust
Board President: oversee board of directors and staff director, conduct financial planning for trust growth and continuing land acquisition.

2007 - present Center for Sustainable Economy, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Legal Fellow: advisor to president and senior economist on creative ways to use the law to encourage and inform sustainable business practices; representative assignments include the preparation of a comprehensive survey of federal and state incentives for the pulp and paper industry designed to encourage environmentally sound performance that transcended mere regulatory compliance.

2006 - 2010 WildEarth Guardians, Denver, Colorado
Staff Attorney: represented non-profit conservation organization in federal environmental litigation; developed expertise in administrative, wildlife, and public lands law, as well as the law governing clean air and water; identified litigation strategies for all conservation programs, including wildlife, wild places, and climate and energy; managed organization’s litigation docket.

2006 University of Denver Environmental Clinical Partnership, Denver, Colorado
Student Attorney: initiated litigation against selected state agencies for violations of ESA § 9 resulting from locally legalized trapping practices which harm or kill non-target federally protected species; researched legislative histories showing congressional intent to promote the values of quiet, solitude, and spiritual reflection in setting aside federal lands; developed information to be used in developing legal strategies to challenge administrative approval of motorized uses and heavy commercial recreation in national parks, and wilderness and roadless areas.


Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona State Bar Associations
Colorado Trial Lawyers’ Association
American Association for Justice
Attorneys’ Information and Exchange Group


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