By Tony Flesor
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Although Paul Seby has been an attorney at Greenberg Traurig for just over a year, the work he brought with him and the work he’s taken on in the past 12 months made him a standout in Colorado’s community of energy law attorneys.
Seby represents both public and private clients, but his work often puts him in the middle of legal fights between states and the federal government over control of public lands and the minerals below them. He shies away from the phrase “states’ rights” in asserting states’ claims against the government, but his interest in the Constitution and federalism-related issues drove his career more than environmental disputes.
Within the past year, Seby had a case that received intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court to block the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. He was also involved in lawsuits that blocked the implementation of federal hydraulic fracturing regulations and the Waters of the U.S. rule among others.
As a special assistant attorney general for the State of North Dakota, Seby works largely with the state in its defense of its lands, minerals and governmental agencies. In doing so, he’s often on offense in litigation against national regulations that encroach on the state’s sovereignty or that unfairly affect the state.