Joel W. Cantrick, P.C. - Boulder Administrative Law Lawyer

Joel W. Cantrick, P.C.
900 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 866-605-9851  
Fax: 303-800-2821
Boulder Law Office

Joel W. Cantrick

Joel W. Cantrick

Boulder, Colorado


Joel Cantrick has represented clients in federal and state court litigation and administrative proceedings for over 38 years, with an emphasis in employment, environmental, and governmental and regulatory matters. Mr. Cantrick is licensed to practice in Colorado and was formerly licensed in Texas, but no longer practices there.


In the employment arena, Joel represents companies and individuals in both litigation and non-litigation matters ranging from employment and separation agreements to employee handbooks to wrongful discharge, wage claim, breach of contract, and employment discrimination cases under federal and state laws.


Joel's environmental and energy practice includes litigation and agency enforcement proceedings under federal and state statutes and regulations and advice to clients in a variety of environmental and energy matters, including, without limitation, real estate transactions, leaking underground storage tanks, environmental insurance coverage, mined land reclamation, solid waste, energy production, and environmental property damage.


Having served as Solicitor General, first assistant attorney general of the Natural Resources Section, and an assistant attorney general in the Labor/Civil Rights Unit and the Litigation Section of the Colorado Attorney General's Office, and also as an assistant city attorney for Boulder, Colorado, Joel represents clients in a variety of federal, state, and local government administrative and regulatory proceedings and non-litigation matters.

Significant Representations

  • Representation of former owner of medical device company in trade secret litigation
  • Representation of computer company in Colorado state court breach of contract, civil theft, and defamation action 
  • Representation of plaintiff in major employment discrimination case in Colorado federal court
  • Representation of information services company in antitrust and judicial records access litigation in Colorado federal court
  • Representation of energy company in judicial review of Bureau of Land Management coal exploration license in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Representation of neighborhood in NEPA challenge to construction of federal building in Colorado
  • Representation of landlord in claims against tenant for environmental property damage from leaking underground storage tanks
  • Representation of landowner in defense of environmental contamination claims by third-party property owner
  • Counsel to commercial property owners regarding environmental insurance issues
  • Advice to prospective purchasers of environmentally-contaminated properties regarding environmental due diligence, purchase and sale contract provisions regarding environmental risks and liabilities, and environmental insurance issues
  • Enforcement counsel to Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board in enforcement proceedings under the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact, including, without limitation, enforcement proceeding against the United States Department of Defense and the United States Air Force
  • Representation of potentially responsible parties in state court action for contribution and clean-up costs under CERCLA
  • Representation of insurance carrier in state district court environmental insurance coverage action
  • Representation of utility company in resource plan and demand-side management proceedings before Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Representation of military construction contractor in EPA enforcement action involving storm water runoff regulations
  • Condemnation commissioner in state and local government eminent domain proceedings
  • Representation of commercial and private landowners in pre-condemnation and condemnation matters
  • Representation of class of property owners in state district court case involving contamination from manufacturing facility
  • Representation of landowner in environmental property damage case involving contamination from gas manufacturing plant
  • Representation of landowner in state court environmental property damage case involving solvent contamination from manufacturing facility

Areas of Practice

  • Contracts
  • Employment Law -- Employer / Employee
  • Environmental Law
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Governmental/Regulatory

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1973
  • Colorado, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • A.B. - 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association: Environmental Law Section Advisory Council, Secretary-Treasurer, 1999 - 2000
  • Colorado Bar Association: Environmental Law Section Advisory Council, Chair, 2001 - 2002
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Employment Law Section, Co-Chair, 1998 - 1999
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Natural Resources and Environment Section, Co-Chair, 1986 - 1987
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 1984 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers Pro Bono 100 Hour Club
  • Mentor, Options High School Mock Trial team, 2004
  • Volunteer Attorney, United States District Court, District of Colorado, Faculty of Federal Advocates Civil Pro Bono Program

Joel W. Cantrick, P.C., in Boulder, Colorado, is able to represent clients in Boulder, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Lakewood, Aurora, Fort Collins, Broomfield, Brighton, Arvada, Littleton, Greeley, Loveland, Castle Rock, Parker, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Vail, Aspen, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Thornton, Fort Morgan, Lafayette and Louisville, and the surrounding areas of Boulder County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Broomfield County, Larimer County, Weld County, El Paso County, Summit County, Eagle County, Pitkin County, the Rocky Mountain region, the Boulder metro area, the Front Range, Cherry Creek, the Eastern Plains and the Western Slope.