Attorney Bio

Tribal Law. Tribal Solutions.


Jesse Heibel

Louisville, CO
P: 303-673-9600
F: 303-673-9155

Mr. Heibel joined the firm in 2017.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Heibel served as Attorney and Research Fellow with the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. While there, his work focused on protecting the water rights of traditional farming communities in Colorado′s San Luis Valley and seeking redress before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Tribal governments impacted by national energy infrastructure projects. In this position he also worked closely with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during her visit to the United States exploring domestic law and policy impacting energy development on Indian lands. His independent research as a fellow focused on tribal energy development, treaty rights, and regulatory standards under various environmental statues. Mr. Heibel also worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures where he focused on a number of energy issues including public utility regulation, land use and siting, taxation, nuclear energy, and Clean Air Act compliance.

Mr. Heibel is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law where he earned certificates in both Environment, Energy and Natural Resources and American Indian law. During law school, Mr. Heibel participated in the National Native American Law Student Association′ s Moot Court Competition and contributed to an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case Dolgencorp, Inc. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Federal Indian Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law; Energy law; Water Rights; Tribal Governance; Legislation and Code Drafting.


University of Colorado Law (J.D., Certificates in American Indian and Natural Resources, Energy, and Natural Resources Law; Recipient, Gary C. Bryner Award for Distinguished Public Service in Natural Resource Policy, 2016); University of Nebraska at Omaha (B.S., 2012).

Attorney and Research Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (2016-2017); Energy Program Policy Analyst, National Conference of State Legislatures (2015-2016); Student Attorney, American Indian Law Clinic University of Colorado School of Law (2014-2015); Public Interest Fellow, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013-2014).

American Bar Association; Colorado Bar Association

LEGAL AUTHORSHIP: Co-Author, Standing Rock, the Sioux Treaties, and the Limits of the Supremacy Clause, University of Colorado Law Review (Forthcoming Fall 2017); Co-Author, Responsible Resource Development: A Strategic Plan to Consider Social and Cultural Impacts of Tribal Extractive Industry Development, Harvard Law Journal of Law and Gender (Forthcoming Fall 2017); Indigenous Rights at Standing Rock: Federal Courts and Beyond, American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 31 No. 1.

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