CHERYL A. PETERSON

Attorney at Law
...The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.
- “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Cheryl A. Peterson is an associate attorney in the firm’s Denver office. Her areas of expertise include civil litigation, employment and labor law, environmental and resource law, estate planning, family law, intellectual property and oil and gas law.

Ms. Peterson has provided counsel regarding civil litigation and environmental law for government and private firms since 1988. She’s worked on cases regarding employment law and oil and gas law since the early 2000’s, and more recently, has handled trust and estate planning, family law and intellectual property matters for the firm.

Ms. Peterson obtained her Juris Doctor from William and Mary School of Law in 1988. She received her master’s degree in environmental science from George Mason University in 1982, and a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in English from the College of William and Mary in 1979.

Ms. Peterson is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and First Judicial Bar Association of Colorado. She is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Washington, D.C.

Notable Cases

Lead defense attorney for a tanker rollover in The Western Slope which included claims related to federal and state natural resource damages, civil action regarding the state fish and Federal Clean Water Act penalties.
Served as a team member in the response to an Oklahoma Notice of Violation for Clean Air Act PSD and NSPS for a glass manufacture plant.
Served as team leader in Denver regarding the petition for a review of proposed Oklahoma RCRA permits for a cement kiln
Crandall et al. v. City and County of Denver (D. Colo. 2007) (05-CV-00242)
Humble Ventures v. City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County District Court, 2007CV108
Geo. A. Robinson & Co., Inc., Decision 3/2/94 (NYDEC), a three-week administrative hearing
Served as lead technical support on U.S. v. Conservation Chemical Co., 619 F.Supp. 162 (D. Mo. 1985), regarding the U.S. EPA

Community Involvement

Conifer High School Instrumental Music Boosters, Inc. – President (2009), Vice President (2008)

Publications

Book Review: The Modern Military and the Environment by James A. Wilcox, Jr. Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 36, No. 11, p. 109 (2007)
Annotation: "What Constitutes a Similar Motive for Purposes of Rule 804(b)(l) of Federal Rules of Evidence, Excepting such Testimony from Hearsay Rule if the Party Against Whom such Testimony is Offered had Opportunity and ‘Similar Motive’ to Develop Testimony," 138 ALR Fed. 367, Lawyers Coop. (1997)
"Pesticide Enforcement," Environmental Compliance Desk Reference. Thomson Professional Publishing. (1995)
“N.Y.S. Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program,” New York State Bar Association Environmental Practical Skills. 295-307. (1992)

Speaking Engagements

Environmental law seminars for both government and private legal entities

Office: 303-298-7392
Cell: 303-549-7419
Address: Riggs Abney
50 South Steele Street
Suite 600
Denver, CO 80209
Email: codocs@riggsabney.com