Jerry W. Raisch

Professional Experience

Partner Emeritus, Vranesh and Raisch LLP, Boulder, Colorado
December, 2020 to Present
Partner, Vranesh and Raisch LLP, Boulder, Colorado
April, 1978 to December, 2020

Mr. Raisch represents Colorado municipalities and industries in water quality matters, including the following:

  • Establishment of water quality standards and other water quality control requirements.
  • Negotiation of discharge permits with state agencies and the U.S. EPA.
  • Defense of discharge permit violations.
  • Ground water quality regulation.
  • Drafting water quality legislation.
  • Water quality management planning.
  • Obtaining site approvals for municipal facilities.

In the course of his career Mr. Raisch has represented clients in over two hundred hearings and before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. Mr. Raisch also represented clients in over one hundred discharge permit renewals before the Water Quality Control Division.

Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Denver, Colorado
March, 1972 to April, 1978

As a public attorney, Mr. Raisch gained a broad range of experience in environmental law. During the latter portion of his tenure at EPA he served as Acting Regional Counsel for the six state Rocky Mountain Region. His duties included advising the EPA regional office on matters concerning the formulation of policy, as well as the implementation and enforcement of federal environmental statutes. Mr. Raisch represented the regional office in its dealings with EPA in Washington, D.C., other federal agencies, state and local governments and industrial and environmental representatives.

Associate Attorney, Dickerson & Levine, Denver, Colorado
August, 1971 to February, 1972
Law Clerk, Judge David W. Enoch, Colorado Court of Appeals, Denver, Colorado
January, 1970 to August, 1971


Juris Doctor, 1969
University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
Master of Business Administration, 1967
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Bachelor of Science, Business and Economics, 1964
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Bar Admission

Mr. Raisch is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.

Present Awards

Mr. Raisch is included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, is listed in the Best Lawyers of America, and was a Colorado "Super Lawyer"

Selected Publications and Presentations

Mr. Raisch Has been a frequent speaker on water quality control matters including the following:
  • "TMDLs: Crouching Tiger or Paper Dragon?" 47 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, July, 2001.
  • "The Clean Water Act: Past, Present & Future," Western Water Law, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, March, 1999.
  • "The Clean Water Act: When Do Mining Facilities Need an NPDES Permit?" Clean Water Act Conference, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, November, 1997.
  • "Overview of Water Quality Law," The Essentials of Colorado Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers, University of Colorado at Denver, Continuing Engineering Education, November, 1995.
  • "Mining Issues - Point and Nonpoint Sources: Active, Inactive & Abandoned Mines," Western Water Law, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, March, 1995 (Program Co-Chair).
  • "Overview of Federal Water Quality Laws," Western Water Law, CLE International, Denver, Colorado, March, 1994 (Program Co-Chair).
  • "Controlling Toxics: Legal and Regulatory Issues," Rocky Mountain Water Pollution Control Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, May, 1992.
  • "The Clean Water Act: New Regulatory Requirements for the Mining and Energy Industries," 37 Rocky Mountain Mineral Institute, July, 1991.
  • "How Clean is Clean? A Cost Effectiveness Policy," Environmental Pendulum Conference, Denver, Colorado, April, 1991.
  • "Antidegradation - A New Level of Water Quality Control - The Colorado Experience," American Water Resources Association, Tampa, Florida, September, 1989.
  • "How Clean is Clean - Economic Reasonableness," 14th Annual Colorado Water Workshop, Western State College of Colorado, July, 1989.
  • "Current Issues on Water Quality Law, How the Rivers Run," Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, April, 1986.
  • "Water Quality Regulations and Their Impact on Real Estate Practice," Environmental Regulation and Real Estate Practice, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, April, 1986.
  • "The Cost of Compliance with Water Quality Standards," Thornton Water Symposium, May, 1985.
  • "Land Use and Environmental Laws Affecting Mining," Small Miner's Workshop, the Mining Record, April, 1984.
  • "State Laws and Regulations for Controlling Ground Water Quality," Ground Water Use and Quality Regulation, American Bar Association, January, 1984.
  • "The EPA Dredge and Fill Permit Program," The Law of Floodplains and Wetlands, American Bar Association, March, 1982.
  • "Environmental Law in Colorado," Professional Education Systems, Inc., October, 1981.
  • "An Overview of Federal and State Environmental Law," Colorado Land Use Law, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, May, 1981.
  • "Environmental Law," Annual Survey of Colorado Law. Author of articles in 1978 through 1981 editions.
  • "The Clean Water Act: Recent Amendments," Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and Water Pollution Control Association, September, 1978.
  • "Federal Water Pollution Control and Energy Development," Energy and the Law, co-sponsored by American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, July, 1978.
  • "The Clean Water Act of 1977," The Colorado Lawyer, April, 1978.
  • "The National Environmental Policy Act," Environmental Law, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, September, 1976.
  • "The Federal Law of Air Pollution Control," Environmental Law, Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, June, 1976.
  • "Enforcement Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972," 9 Land & Water Law Review 369 (1974).
  • "A Review of New Colorado Air and Water Pollution Legislation," The Colorado Lawyer, September, 1973.
  • "Colorado Appellate Procedure," The Colorado Lawyer, May, 1973 and June, 1973.
  • "Utah Environmental Problems and Legislative Response," 72 Utah Law Review 479, 73 Utah Law Review 1.


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