About Us

About Us

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado and founded in 2001, Colorado Advocates is a lobbying and government relations, issues management and public affairs firm whose attorneys, lobbyists and public relations professionals will help you achieve your business objectives by getting your story heard, understood and remembered by public officials, the news media and other audiences important to you.

Colorado Advocates’ mission is to create opportunities for our clients to develop and expand their reputations among the audiences most important to them and to help our clients mitigate potential legislative regulatory, marketplace and constituent challenges.

Our team of seasoned professionals have extensive experience in all aspects of representation – including law, government relations, lobbying, media relations, coalition building and community engagement. This professional team is comprised to make a difference in the world as well as a world of difference. We are extremely committed, passionate and enthusiastic about our craft. Our business culture and our conduct prioritize collaboration, community, professionalism and respect as we help protect and advance your interests.

These values guide our advocacy on your behalf:

Collaboration
We work with you at every step of the engagement to jointly develop and execute successful advocacy strategies.

Professionalism
Honesty and integrity coupled with a strong work ethic are the core tenets of our advocacy work on your behalf.

Respect
We hold in the highest regard and practice patience and courtesy to the people, institutions and processes with whom we engage.

Community
We continuously give back to our community through board memberships, pro bono work and charitable fundraising activities.

Leadership

Jep Seman, Principal and Cofounder.

Jep Seman is co-founder and principal of Colorado Advocates and Chair of the firm’s Government Relations Practice. An attorney, Mr. Seman has more than 25 years of lobbying experience representing a broad range of corporate, association and not for profit clients before federal, state and local legislative and regulatory decision makers. His practice focuses on strategy development and direct policy advocacy as well as administrative law and advocacy. Mr. Seman has technical expertise in process and procedure as well as a deep understanding of the dynamics of modern political decision making. His substantive policy experience crosses a broad range of issues and industries, including oil and gas, economic development, natural resources, land use, transportation and the environment.

Over the course of more than 25 years, he has developed an unparalleled understanding of policy and political processes as well as established a broad array of relationships across the lobby, staff and among Governors and legislators from all political persuasions in nearly every state.

He currently serves as Colorado lead strategic counsel for Fortune 100 oil and gas operating companies and provides advice, counsel and guidance as well as state and local lobbying and regulatory assistance on permitting, enforcement and administrative rulemaking matters.

Mr. Seman is a veteran of Capitol Hill in Washington DC where he served as Staff Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and on the professional staff of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado) and. Prior to starting Colorado Advocates, Mr. Seman was Of Counsel at the Denver law firm of Hensley Kim & Holzer. Mr. Seman is a member of the Every Child Pediatrics Board of Trustees and the Colorado Petroleum Association Board of Directors. He recently completed 10 years of service as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Denver Regional Air Quality Council.

Mr. Seman is a Colorado native and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. He lives in Denver with his wife and three children and spends his free time outdoors working to perfect his skiing, cycling and golf skills.

Jep Seman

Practices

  • Government Relations
  • Legislative and Political Law Compliance
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Real Estate Law

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Board Memberships

  • Formerly 10-year member of Regional Air Quality Council
  • Every Child Pediatrics
  • Colorado Petroleum Association

Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • National Association of State Lobbyists
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Bar admissions

  • Colorado

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the district of Colorado
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals


Michael Nicoletti, Attorney.

Michael Nicoletti joined Colorado Advocates in January 2019 and brings many years of Colorado legislative, policy and political experience. Most recently, Michael served as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, forming part of the Executive Leadership Committee for all nine CDPHE divisions with over 1300 employees. Prior to joining the CDPHE, Michael served as the legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), as Director of Scheduling for former Governor John Hickenlooper and as a Policy and Legislative Analyst at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Before working in state government, Michael served as a Legislative Aide in the House of Representatives working for elected members of House Leadership and the Joint Budget Committee. He also has previous experience in statewide issue and legislative district political campaign management. Michael was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, graduated from the University of Denver, has spent significant time in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.

Strategic Partners

JPS Law Group

Potomac International Partners

National Association of State Lobbyists (50-state State Capitol network)

Contact

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