Ghislaine G. Torres Bruner, a shareholder and energy lawyer in the commercial litigation practice at Polsinelli in Denver, has been named by Law Week Colorado as a 2020 Top Litigator. According to the publication, the annual list seeks to “identify the leading trial attorneys in the state who had the biggest wins (and saves) in the courtroom during 2019.”
Bruner counsels energy clients through all aspects of planning, siting, permitting issues and complex litigation affecting natural resource and energy companies, including high-profile, complicated and sometimes contentious issues impacting exploration, production and transportation of oil, gas and other mineral resources near urban and suburban areas in the Rocky Mountain Region and abroad.
“The oil and gas industry plays an essential and critical role in the economy since the energy produced heats our homes, powers our hospitals and keeps us and goods in motion through transportation. In Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region, operators are constantly called upon to secure and maintain a social license to operate and face challenges and opposition from activists,” said Bruner. “My job is to protect and defend property rights and operators’ rights to develop so that we can all enjoy affordable energy.”
Bruner received her Bachelor of Science in Women’s Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health and Management from Florida International University. She then earned her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. As her emphasis pivoted toward oil and gas, Bruner studied and received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Denver in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy with a specialization in oil and gas and another in mining law.
“My clients are committed to extracting natural resources safely. It is an honor to help them navigate complex legal, political and regulatory frameworks to do so,” said Bruner. “My team had some significant legal challenges and saves this past year that protected the companies I represent. I believe my background with over 25 years in public health gives me a unique perspective to assist the energy industry in engaging with communities and addressing health concerns that ultimately helps us succeed together inside and outside the courtroom.”
Beyond her legal practice, Bruner has served on the Board of Directors for Colorado Ballet Auxiliary as Secretary and President-Elect and is active in the oil and gas and legal industries. Since 2016, she has served in various capacities with the American Bar Association’s Section for Energy, Environment, Resources Oil and Gas sub-committee and on the Oil and Gas Air Quality sub-committee in various vice chair roles. She has been an active member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, also serving on various committees. Bruner is a member of Women’s Energy Network-Denver, Colorado Chapter.
Previously, Bruner was recognized by the Denver Business Journal on its 2018 and 2019 Top Women in Energy lists and the publication’s ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ lists in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.