Dan Jensen has been practicing natural resources law since 1988. His practice encompasses mining, water, oil and gas, public land and administrative law. Mr. Jensen focuses on transactional work involving mineral interests, water rights and public lands, acquisitions and transfers of mineral land and water rights, title and due diligence reviews, land use entitlements, and development agreements. Mr. Jensen also handles related litigation, including disputes concerning property titles and boundaries, access rights, mining claims, water right ownership and modifications, regulatory compliance, and proceedings before the federal Interior Board of Land Appeals, the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, and the Utah Division of Water Rights.
Mr. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Utah and spent three years as a mining engineer for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas and Springfield, Illinois.
Mr. Jensen has served as Chair of the Utah State Bar’s Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section as well as Chair of the Water Law Committee and Chair of the Mining Law Committee within that section. In 2005, he was named as the section’s “Lawyer of the Year.”
Mr. Jensen is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of Utah and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as a Trustee and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and served as a judge pro tempore in the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake County (small claims, 1991-2005). Mr. Jensen has been an adjunct professor of Natural Resources Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, and is presently an adjunct professor of Mining Law at both Brigham Young University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah.
Mr. Jensen was recognized in the 2010-2014 editions of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Energy and Natural Resources. He was also called out by Chambers USA a third time for Water Law as a “consummate professional [who] delivers high-quality work. Mr. Jensen has been listed in Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015 and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Mining (2014), and Water (2015) by Best Lawyers. He has been repeatedly listed in editions of Utah Business magazine’s as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in the area of energy and natural resources and was named one of Utah’s top 100 lawyers in 2004. He was also listed in the 2007-2014 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers. Mr. Jensen has the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV.
Mr. Jensen currently serves as President of the firm.
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Publications & Speaking Engagements:
"Access Rights to Mineral Properties," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Mining Law Short Course (Domestic and International Issues)
November 2014 and May 2010
"Access to Mineral Properties," American Association of Professional Landmen Mining and Land Resource Institute
- Split Estate Lands and Development Issues
"Access to Mineral Properties," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation,
Forfeiture of Water Rights
Utah State Bar, March 2008
Conveyance of Mineral Interests and the Duhig Rule
Nevada Landmen’s Association, March 2007
“Water Strategist Monthly Report on Western Water Markets," Water Strategist, July 2005
US Mining Industry Outlook Brighter," Prospecting and Mining Journal
Interview, "Utah Farmers Are Told To Use Water Or Lose It,"
Deseret Morning News, May 27, 2004.
Interview, "A Commodity Most Precious,"
Beef Magazine, March 2004
Split Estate Lands and Development Issues