Jim Martin

Area(s) of study:
  • Environmental Law

Type of workplace:
  • Law firm

Practice area(s):
  • Environmental Law

Jim Martin is a partner at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., which he joined in June of 2013. Jim has a wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental and natural resources law, the legislative and administrative process and the political arena, as well as in academia. He applies that experience in helping clients solve permitting and compliance issues, interacting with agencies and legislators, and looking at the “big picture” of energy resource development.

Before joining Beatty & Wozniak, Jim was the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region VIII. This position entrusted Jim with the ultimate responsibility for all federal environmental laws in six western states and on 26 Indian reservations.

Previously, Jim was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Ritter, a cabinet level position in which he supervised over 2,000 state employees, and has also been the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in which he managed an annual budget of over $470 million. In both capacities, he served on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Previously, he served on the Air Quality Control Commission, as well as other boards and commissions.

Earlier in his career, Jim worked for Congressman and then Senator Tim Wirth for seven years, both in the nation’s capitol and in Colorado, and was involved in a number of high-profile resource and energy issues. He has also worked with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and started his legal career advising four Columbia River treaty tribes on their fishing and water claims. Jim is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the States of Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys hiking, camping, rafting, and pretty much anything that gets him outside in the Rocky Mountain West.

I loved my time at Lewis and Clark. I gained a love for law and the practice of law as well as a superb introduction to natural resources law. I’d do it over again in a heartbeat.