Faegre Baker Daniels Welcomes Back Environmental Expert

by Tony Flesor

Faegre Baker Daniels announced today that Jim Spaanstra has returned to the firm’s environmental practice and energy and natural resources industry team after completing a one-year term as executive director for Great Outdoors Colorado. Spaanstra will practice as of counsel in the firm’s Denver and Washington, D.C., offices.

In addition to continuing his environmental law practice, Spaanstra will work with colleagues at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting to develop and execute government relations services for clients with public policy and regulatory needs. He also will leverage his public sector experience to expand the firm’s national public-private partnership services that implement infrastructure recycling projects throughout the U.S.

Spaanstra has practiced environmental law and represented clients in the energy, natural resources and environmental services industries for nearly four decades, including a 17-year tenure with FaegreBD, during which he led the firm’s energy and natural resources industry team.

In April 2016 Spaanstra was selected to lead GOCO on an interim basis as it searched for a permanent executive director. GOCO invests Colorado Lottery proceeds to protect and improve the state’s trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces.