Craig V. Richardson: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Craig V. Richardson

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Environmental
  • Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 303.685.7467
Fax: 303.572.6540
University Pomona College, B.A., 1983; Instituto Internacional, Madrid, 1982, Harry S. Truman Scholar from California, 1981; Universidad de Costa Rica, 1984; Princeton University, M.P.A., 1986
Law SchoolStanford University, J.D., 1992 Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review, Frank Baker Belcher Prize in Evidence
Admitted1992, California; 1994, Colorado; Supreme Court of California; Supreme Court of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional & Community Involvement

• Director, Douglas County School District, Board of Education
• Member, Colorado Bar Association
• Member, Denver Bar Association
• Member, The Federalist Society

MilitaryCommander (Ret.), U.S. Navy (Reserves), Special Duty, Intelligence, 1988-2009
LanguagesSpanish, Conversational
BornBakersfield, California, May 18, 1961

Craig V. Richardson focuses his practice on commercial and regulatory litigation, including oil and gas, environmental, and antitrust law, as well as all aspects of multi-jurisdictional permitting of global energy infrastructure.

For nearly a decade, Craig served as the General Counsel of El Paso Corporation's Pipeline Group, the largest network of interstate natural gas pipelines in North America, delivering over 30% of the natural gas consumed in the United States. As the Chief Legal Officer of the Pipeline Group, Craig was responsible for all legal matters nationwide in a multibillion-dollar energy transportation enterprise. Craig was particularly responsible for providing multi-spectral, problem-solving legal advice to management, spotting regulatory and permitting issues for project managers, engaging in stakeholder outreach at all levels, and waging successful litigation with opposition in executing El Paso's $8 billion portfolio of crucial additions to national energy infrastructure from California to New York.

Craig currently serves on the Board of Education of the Douglas County School District, one of the largest school districts in Colorado with 60, 000 K-12 students, 6, 000 employees, and a half-billion-dollar operating budget. In his capacity as Director, Craig has helped spearhead 21st century innovations in school choice and teacher pay for performance, which have received national attention and media coverage in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post and other publications.

Prior to practicing law, Craig held posts in the Reagan White House, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the State Department and the Pentagon.

A retired Commander in the United States Navy Reserves, during his over-two-decade military career, Craig provided intelligence analysis and support in operations throughout the globe. On six occasions, he received active duty orders to the White House's National Security Council in connection with Presidential initiatives from Haiti to Bosnia and from Afghanistan to Iraq. In September 2001, Craig was recalled to active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom. While on active duty for the following year, he provided space-based intelligence analysis in direct support of combat operations in Southwest Asia. For his service, he was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal by the secretary of defense and the Meritorious Service Medal by the president.

Areas of Concentration

• Commercial and regulatory litigation
• Oil and Gas
• Environmental (CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act)
• Antitrust
• Multi-jurisdictional permitting of global energy infrastructure
• Environmental aspects of business transactions
• Internal Investigations

Awards & Recognition

• Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
• Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Toxic Tort, 2014-2015
• Listed, Denver Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 1998

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
06.15.15 9 Greenberg Traurig Environmental Practice Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide
06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
04.30.15 Eleven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in Euromoney's 2015 ENERGY Expert Guide
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 ' Best Law Firms' List
09.22.14 Greenberg Traurig Holds Seminar on Mexican Energy Reform
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
04.30.14 Greenberg Traurig's Second Annual Energy State of the Union Dinner Addresses Cyber Security for the Energy Industry
09.30.13 Craig Richardson Returns to Greenberg Traurig Denver Office after 10 Years

Published Articles

09.15.14 Reforms Open Mexico to Foreign Investors


03.12.14 UPDATE: U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Emergency Order Requiring Additional Testing and Stricter Rail Transportation Requirements for Crude Petroleum
03.04.14 U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Emergency Order Requiring Additional Testing and Stricter Rail Transportation Requirements for Crude Petroleum

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Craig is a frequent speaker on national energy and infrastructure policy, international security and foreign relations.

• Co-Author, Reforms Open Mexico to Foreign investors, Law Week Colorado, September 15, 2014

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service, El Paso Corp. United States Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Administration v. El Paso Natural Gas Co. Arizona Corporation Commission et al. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co. United States Environmental Protection Agency v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In re California Retail Energy Antitrust Litigation. TransAmerican Natural Gas Corporation v. El Paso Natural Gas Company. American Society of Travel Agents v. American Airlines et al. Union Carbide Corporation v. Royal Dutch Shell et al. United States v. Bechtel Engineers, Bank of America, et al. LucasArts Entertainment Company v. Humongous Entertainment Company et al. The above representations were handled by Mr. Richardson prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
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Office Information

Craig V. Richardson

1200 17th Street, Suite 2400
DenverCO 80202


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