Steven E. Clyde - Clyde Snow & Sessions, PC

Steven E. Clyde

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 801-322-2516

Vice President, Shareholder and Director, Chair of Natural Resources and Water Law Practice Group, and Management Committee Member

Throughout his 34 years of practice, Mr. Clyde has specialized in natural resources law, including oil and gas, public land law,and mining law, with a primary emphasis in water law.

Mr. Clyde has represented many clients in the buying and selling of water rights and in the conversion of water rights from agricultural irrigation use to domestic, municipal, and industrial use for development of real property, particularly in the resort areas of Summit County, Utah. He has represented parties in the negotiations of a Lease of Power Privilege on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities for the Central Utah Project and in the negotiation of power sales contracts from the hydroelectrice facilities constructed under the lease. He is general counsel to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the sponsor of the Central Utah Project, and is knowledgeable regarding federal reclamation law. Real estate development projects for which he handled the water rights acquisition and conversion include the Jeremy Ranch, Park Meadows Golf Course and Development, Glenwild Golf Resort, Ranch Place, Landmark Plaza, Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, Summit Park Special Service District, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Ski Resort, Brian Head Ski Resort, and many others.

He has represented many individuals and entities before the State Engineer of the State of Utah, both as applicants and as protestants to water rights applications, and has litigated water rights appeals in the district courts, the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, and the federal courts. He also has experience in local government law and has represented many clients in planning and zoning activities before city and county planning and zoning authorities; drafted a water concurrency ordinance for Summit County, Utah; and created local special districts to provide water and sewer service within and without incorporated municipalities. Additionally, he has served on the Utah Legislature’s Water Task Force and the Executive’s Water Task Force from 2007 to 2010 to revise Utah’s water laws.

Interests

  • Equestrian Competition and Trail Riding
  • Mountain Biking and Road Biking
  • Alpine and Cross Country Skiing 
  • Hiking 
  • Co-Owner and Operator of Diamond Bar X Ranch in Woodland, Utah 

University of UtahBS 1972University of Utah -- S.J. Quinney College of LawJ.D. 1975
American Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, 1989 - 91Utah State Bar, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, 1989 – 90 American Bar Association, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, Water Resources Committee, 1985 - 88Utah State Bar, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section, Water Law Committee, 1983 - 86 University of Utah College of Law Alumni AssociationUtah Open Lands Conservation Association Utah Water Conservation ForumS.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2001–04, 2007–09

Office Location

One Utah Center, 13th Floor
201 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources Law of the Salt Lake City Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Water Law of the Salt Lake City Metro Area
Steven E. Clyde has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Steven E. Clyde has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law (Water)
Water Law