Bret Sumner focuses his practice on energy and litigation matters. Bret handles onshore oil and gas litigation and counsels clients on front-end regulatory matters with the goal of expediting project approvals from federal, state and local governments. In these roles, he counsels companies on the preparation of environmental documentation, works with federal regulators to process permits for exploration and development projects, defends clients' projects from legal challenges, and works with clients confronted with federal investigation and enforcement proceedings.
Bret also represents national commercial end-users in the procurement of electricity in deregulated markets, as well as acquisition of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
In law school, Bret served as a note and comments editor of The Catholic University Law Review. He is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Active in a variety of trade associations, Bret is a regular featured speaker at events and conferences hosted by the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen, Western Business Roundtable, and the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Bret enjoys spending time with his family, doing historical research, traveling, backpacking and whitewater rafting.