Environmental and Natural Resources Law
B.S. Degree (1971) Economics & Mathematics / University of North Dakota
J.D. Degree (1975) University of North Dakota
John Herrick is Senior Counsel with the law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Denver, Colorado where he heads the sustainability and clean technology practice area for the firm.
Mr. Herrick recently retired as Chief Counsel at DOE’s Golden Field Office, a position he held for 15 years. This office implements DOE’s $1 billion annual renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio. Mr. Herrick has helped structure new energy production facilities, totaling over $4 billion, in such technology areas as cellulosic ethanol, solar, geothermal, wind, ethanol, hydrogen, and synthetic fuels. He recently structured the federal financing for the Nation’s first cellulosic biorefineriy using the new technology investment agreement instrument. He has helped form research & development partnerships with private industry, academia and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden and DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Mr. Herrick has extensive experience working with utilities, independent power producers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investment bankers, scientists, construction managers, international bilateral banking institutions and senior U.S. and foreign energy officials. Mr. Herrick has published recent articles in the Public Contract Law Journal, the Natural Resources Law Journal and the Journal of Structured and Project Finance.
Before moving to Colorado, Mr. Herrick practiced energy, finance and government contract law in Washington D.C. From 1985 through 1992, Mr. Herrick was the Senior Finance Counsel for DOE, where he was instrumental in developing various privatization initiatives using innovative financing techniques including energy development loan guarantees. Prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Herrick was a lawyer for the Comptroller General of the United States specializing in appropriations, finance and government contracts.
Mr. Herrick is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.