Christopher P. Colyer

Christopher P. Colyer: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Biography

Chris Colyer assists clients with transactional and litigation issues in the areas of environmental, real estate, construction and administrative law. His environmental practice includes advising clients on complex environmental issues associated with real estate and corporate transactions and representing clients in federal, state and local permitting and litigation matters, including air quality, hazardous waste, water quality, underground storage tank and Superfund compliance. Chris' real estate and administrative law practice includes representing large and medium-sized companies with municipal zoning approvals, liquor licensing and other state and local governmental permitting issues. He also focuses on renewable energy regulation and development, including contracting, leasing and permitting of solar and wind energy facilities on public, private and tribal lands. Chris’ construction practice includes negotiating and drafting construction contracts and representing owners and contractors in construction defect and payment disputes.

Representative Presentations and Publications

•“Preserving Subcontractor Claims for Delay, Disruption, and Cumulative Impacts, Co-Author, The American Subcontractors Association’s Contractor’s Compass (June 2017)
•“Getting More Pay and Less ‘If’ from Pay-If-Paid Clauses,” Presenter, DHI ConNextions 2017 (May 10, 2017)
•“Eliminating Unnecessary Retainage,” Co-Presenter, DHI ConNextions 2017 (May 10, 2017)
• Unconventional Business Development Tactics for Every Young Lawyer, Author, Defense Research Institute’s the Whisper Newsletter, Volume 12, Issue 10 (November 1, 2016)
•Environmental Considerations with Respect to Land Use, Presenter, National Business Institute (March 4, 2016)
•High Court Stay Could Spell Doom For EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Quoted in Article by Keith Goldberg, Law360 (February 10, 2016)
• Construction In The Courts, Co-Author, The American Subcontractors Association’s Contractor’s Compass (December 2015)
• The Obama Administration and EPA Issue Aggressive Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Power Plants, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (August 6, 2015)
•S&W Environmental & Natural Resources Law Blog, Contributing Author
•Dust Control Regulations Impacting Maricopa County Construction Sites, Presenter, State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section CLE Lunch Program (November 5, 2014)
•Utilize 'Certificate of Merit' Statutes to Dismiss Frivolous Lawsuits in Early Stages of Litigation, Author, Defense Research Institute’s the Whisper Newsletter, Volume 10, Issue 9 (October 7, 2014)
• EPA Approves Maricopa County’s Five Percent Dust Plan, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (June 6, 2014)
•Performing All Appropriate Inquiry Under the ASTM E1527-13 Standard, Co-Author, Arizona State Law Journal, 46 Ariz. St.L.J. 449 (2014)
• EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Significantly Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (July 10, 2014)
• The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (December 7, 2012)
•Doing Business in Arizona: A Legal Guide, 'Environmental', Chapter Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer, 4th Edition (2012)
• EPA Finalizes and Revises Its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Under Construction Newsletter (December 2011)
American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut: The United States Supreme Court Holds that the Clean Air Act Preempts Federal Common Law, But Deadlocks on Standing Issues, Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Legal Alert (June 24, 2011)
•The Maricopa County PM-10 5% Plan: An Overview of EPA's Proposed Disapproval, Co-Author, 43 Arizona State Law Journal 879 (2011)
• Lender Liability for Clean Water Compliance, Co-Author, American Bar Association's Natural Resources & Environment, Volume 25, Issue 4 (Spring 2011)
•Searching for a Solution: The Lanham Act’s 'Use in Commerce' Requirement in Search Engine Keyword Advertising Cases, Comment, Kansas Law Review, 56 University of Kansas Law Review 679 (2008)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Environmental (2016-2018)

Community Involvement

•Herberger Theater Center
•Treasurer
•Board Member
•Young Leadership Board, Founder
•Finance Committee
•Contributed Revenue Committee
•Objects d'Art Auction Committee
•Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix
•Active Member
•Membership Committee
•Arizona Myeloma Network
•Board Member
•University of Kansas Alumni Association, Phoenix Chapter, Chapter Leader
•2014 Dick Wintermote Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient
•Duckhut Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Benefitting the American Cancer Society
•Founder and Organizer

Other Professional Experience

•City of Mesa Attorney’s Office, Snell & Wilmer Public Service Fellowship Attorney (2009-2010)
•Douglas County, Kansas District Court, Law Clerk to Hon. Michael Malone (2007-2008)
•Payless ShoeSource, Inc., Financial Analyst (2004-2006)
•The Wagon Wheel, Manager (2002-2004)

Related News & Events

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

May 16
Snell & Wilmer Partner Christopher P. Colyer Selected to Serve on The University of Kansas School of Law Board of Governors

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Dec 19
Snell & Wilmer Elects New Partners and Counsel

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Nov 17
University of Kansas Alumni Association Honors Attorney Christopher Colyer with 2014 Dick Wintermote Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

Apr 18
Herberger Theatre Center Elects Snell & Wilmer Attorney Christopher Colyer to its Board of Directors

Dec 18
Snell & Wilmer Attorney Christopher Colyer Named Phoenix Chapter Leader of the University of Kansas Alumni Association

Apr 01
Lender Liability for Clean Water Compliance

Related Publications

Sep 01
Legal Alert - Clean Water Rule Halted in Arizona and 12 Other States

Aug 06
Legal Alert - The Obama Administration and EPA Issue Aggressive Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Existing Power Plants

Jul 29
Legal Alert - D.C. Circuit Validates EPA’s Consultation Process for Reviewing Clean Water Act Permits

Jul 10
Legal Alert - EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Significantly Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Jun 06
Legal Alert - EPA Approves Maricopa County’s Five Percent Dust Plan

Jul 31
Legal Alert - Recent Developments Related to Doing Business on Indian Lands

Dec 07
Legal Alert - The Department of the Interior Issues New Rules Regulating the Leasing of Tribal Lands

Dec 13
Under Construction - December 2011

Jun 24
Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Clean Air Act Preempts Federal Common Law

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Construction
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Public Utilities
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Zoning and Land Use

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6579  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Kansas, B.S., Business Administration, Emphasis in Finance, Honor Societies - Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key International, 2004
Law School Attended:
University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., Articles Editor, Kansas Law Review, Business and Commercial Law Certificate Recipient, Robert E. Edmonds Award Recipient for Excellence in Corporate and Securities Law, University of Kansas School of Law Curriculum Committee Member, 2009
Year of First Admission:
2009
Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships and Activities

•State Bar of Arizona
•Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section
•Executive Council, Budget Officer, Program Chair and Member at Large
•American Bar Association
•Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
•Defense Research Institute
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Environmental Law Section Board
•Treasurer and Board Member
•University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors

Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Assisted multiple clients with environmental due diligence and management of environmental liabilities associated with the acquisition of over 170 properties in at least 38 states; Represented clients in complex civil suits alleging claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Arizona Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF); Defended clients against United States Environmental Protection Agency enforcement actions alleging violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act and Clean Air Act; Counseled and advised client regarding environmental compliance requirements related to the purchase of 20 gas stations; Performed environmental due diligence on behalf of potential purchasers and investors regarding environmental issues at various Arizona mines, including compliance with federal, state and local environmental permits and licenses; Advised client regarding compliance with renewable energy and business leasing requirements under federal and tribal laws for proposed solar facility on tribal land; Prepared formal legal opinions for third party lenders on behalf of borrower regarding solar and wind energy facility's compliance with state and local environmental law; Represented clients before the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County Boards of Adjustment regarding applications for variances and use permits required under municipal zoning ordinances; Advised client regarding Arizona Aquifer Protection Permit, municipal and non-municipal solid waste landfill programs, municipal floodplain and related environmental permit issues and requirements in connection with the proposed redevelopment of a former solid waste landfill; Defended large construction and engineering companies against private party claims alleging construction or engineering defects; Drafted and negotiated construction, engineering and maintenance agreements for the development and operation of renewable energy facilities
ISLN:
921449773

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