Serving Energy Industries Nationwide


Jim Martin joined Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. as senior counsel 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 State of Colorado 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.


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
  • Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Major: Biology

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate Award, Northwestern Law School, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Western Energy Alliance
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2007-2010
  • Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, 2007-2010
  • Colorado Wildlife Commission, 2009-2010
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board, 2009-2010
  • Colorado Groundwater Commission, 2009-2010
  • Advisory Board, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, 2007-2010
  • Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, 2004-2007
  • Member, Committee to Review the Basis for Instream Flow Standards for Rivers in Texas, Water and Science Technology Board of the National Research Council’s Division of Earth and Life Studies, 2003-2004
  • Public Advisory Board, Western Regional Air Partnership, Western Governors’ Association, 1999-2002
  • Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Mobile Sources, State of Colorado, 1999
  • Regional Air Quality Council, State of Colorado, 1996-1999
  • Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Transportation, State of Colorado, 1995
  • Legislative Task Force on Air Quality Related Values in Class I Areas (gubernatorial appointee), State of Colorado, 1995