"I have been at Hogan Lovells for almost nine years and still find myself very fulfilled by the challenging work I do here."
- Jennifer Biever, Partner, Denver
I practice environmental and natural resources law, primarily focusing on federal public lands and other siting and development matters.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I was looking for a law firm in the Rocky Mountains with a Washington, D.C. presence based upon my interest in environmental regulatory and policy matters.
I was not sure I would find myself at a corporate law firm long term. I was interested in the Environment practice here, but anticipated that I would find myself more interested in governmental or nonprofit work after several years. I have been at Hogan Lovells for almost nine years and still find myself very fulfilled by the challenging work I do here.
I had a very different summer experience than many summer associates because I was interested only in working in the Environmental practice group in the Denver office. As a result, there was only one partner with whom I worked. Accordingly, though I spent time working on other matters (e.g., corporate and litigation matters) during my summer, the focus of my work was on the type of work that I would be doing once I joined the firm.
After having my daughter, I came back on a part-time schedule. While I frequently work more than my part-time requirement, I continue to strive to maintain a professional and personal balance. I work with partners in my group to get the assistance I need to try to maintain my schedule. It is a work in progress that is ever-changing.
A project that stands out for me was a year-long rulemaking with respect to oil and gas matters in the state of Colorado. The intensity of the matter, the ability to work with numerous lawyers from other law firms and in-house counsel, and the opportunity to present arguments in front of the rulemaking body were unique, extremely rewarding, and exciting.
When I first joined the firm, I had been assisting a client at the University of Michigan Law School Clinic. I was able to bring that client to the firm as a pro bono client and assist him with his appeals at both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court in Michigan. I was amazed by the firm’s willingness to let me invest my time and resources and the time and resources of others in the firm for that matter — one that was close to my heart.
I joined the Denver office in 2004 after graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. A member of the Environment practice group, I also have a master of science degree in environmental sciences and I regularly counsel and assist oil and gas companies, renewable energy companies, and other development clients with natural resource, land use, environmental, siting, and regulatory issues. I have taken lead roles in several state rulemakings on matters impacting the oil and gas industry, including the recent Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulations, and am a frequent speaker, regularly presenting on topics related to my practice.