The Ayres Law Group

John BernetichRichard E. Ayres

John Bernetich is an associate in the firm's Denver office. Mr. Bernetich focuses his practice on environmental and energy appellate litigation and regulatory counseling. He has represented public and private clients in all levels of federal court, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and before federal agencies on issues related to climate change, air pollution, public lands, natural resources, energy, and the environment. Mr. Bernetich has advised clients on a range of matters under the Clean Air Act, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which limits greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, the Act's stratospheric ozone protection provisions, new and existing source performance standards, and motor vehicle tailpipe emission standards, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's fuel economy standards. Mr. Bernetich's energy experience includes advising clients on the public participation requirements of the Atomic Energy Act and the U.S. Department of the Interior's federal coal leasing procedures under the Mineral Leasing Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Mr. Bernetich advises businesses on generation and transfer of tradeable carbon instruments in various markets, including California's AB32 market.

Before joining the firm Mr. Bernetich was a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Honorable Richard S. Hoffman of the New Jersey Appellate Division.

Mr. Bernetich is vice chair of the American Bar Association's Constitutional Law Committee of its Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. He is admitted to practice in Colorado and the District of Columbia.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Vermont Law School
    • Head Notes Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • Master of Environmental Law and Policy, cum laude, Vermont Law School
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Virginia Tech

Bar Admissions and Memberships and Other Affiliations

  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Colorado Bar Association, member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, Constitutional Law Committee, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vice Chair
  • Environmental Law Institute, member
  • Listed as recommended attorney in Who's Who Legal 2017, Environment & Climate Change

Judicial Clerkships

  • Judge Peter W. Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Judge Richard S. Hoffman, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division


Policy Alerts

Periodically, we provide policy alerts to keep our clients up-to-date on important policy developments and trends as we see them arising. We track the issues that are important to our clients to help you achieve your business and environmental goals.