Ian Coghill

Senior Attorney Rocky Mountain Office


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Ian Coghill is a senior attorney with the Rocky Mountain Office. He focuses his work on protecting communities from the dangers of fossil fuel and other industrial infrastructure. Before joining Earthjustice, Ian worked in the Strategic Litigation program for the Conservation Law Foundation, a regional environmental non-profit in New England, where he developed and litigated environmental impact cases. Ian previously worked in private practice for WilmerHale in Boston, where he practiced complex civil litigation — representing primarily clean energy companies, tech companies, and financial institutions — and maintained a very active pro bono practice.

Ian was a lifelong northeasterner before moving to Colorado to join Earthjustice. He attended Boston University as an undergraduate and Northeastern University Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

In his free time, Ian likes to hang out with his wife and dog, explore new hiking trails, and look for excuses to put more miles on his motorcycle.

The Latest from Ian Coghill

June 6, 2024

In the News: Westword

Environmental Groups File Notice to Sue Suncor Oil Refinery

“The reason that we felt compelled to go in this direction is Suncor’s chronic history of exceeding the limits in its air permit.”
June 5, 2024

In the News: ABC Denver7

Suncor faces lawsuit by environmental groups over repeated air pollution violations

“The Clean Air Act allows the most affected people to step in when the government either can't or won't enforce the laws sufficiently.”
June 5, 2024

In the News: Colorado Sun

Nearly 10,000 Suncor air pollution violations in 5 years could lead to citizen lawsuit, groups warn

“Whatever the state is doing has not stopped Suncor from continuing its same history of these chronic exceedances. What enforcement is supposed to be about is bringing sources into compliance and deterring future violations, and what the state has done thus far clearly hasn’t been sufficient.”
March 22, 2024

In the News: KGNU

Suncor scores another three years to leak unlimited amounts of forever chemicals into a major Colorado water system

Interview with KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon
July 29, 2022

In the News: Colorado Times Recorder

Enviro Groups Ask Colorado to Deny Proposed Suncor Air Quality Permit

“In our comments, we ask the Division, first and foremost, to deny the permit because Suncor has shown that it cannot comply with its emissions limits and modeling shows that Suncor is violating National Ambient Air Quality Standards for both nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide.”
July 15, 2022

In the News: Westword

Colorado Air Pollution Control Division on Tight Timeline as Public Urges Tougher Suncor Permit

“Instead of these assumptions about what might be coming out of the stacks, everybody knows what's coming out of the stacks.”