Rebecca Watson has more than 20 years of legal and policy experience in the fields of natural resources, federal environmental law, energy, and recreation. She focuses her practice on energy and emphasizes public land, federal environmental issues, and government relations. She represents clients developing renewable energy – solar, geothermal, and wind – and conventional energy – oil, gas, and coal – on federal land.
Ms. Watson served as the Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) for Lands and Minerals Management in Washington, D.C., during the George W. Bush administration, where she provided policy guidance to three bureaus administering public energy resources including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 261 million acres of public land. She also served in the first Bush administration as Assistant General Counsel at the Department of Energy.
She has lived and practiced law in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Montana, and Colorado. She is a three-time graduate of the University of Denver with Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Master, and Juris Doctorate degrees.