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Michael's law practice centers on natural resources, environmental and public utilities matters. His particular areas of expertise include water rights, public lands, mineral, environmental and natural resources law, and consultation and litigation involving telecommunications and energy law. Michael represents clients before various federal and state regulatory and resource management agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, E...
With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Feldman provides trusted and effective representation in high-profile Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and related litigation and administrative proceedings. Mr. Feldman has worked on client projects and federal court cases throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Michigan, and Alabama. His experience includes mining and oil and gas operations; highway construction pr...
Bob Maynard focuses his practice on environment, energy, and natural resources law. His practice includes project development, acquisitions, and other transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation. His experience includes forest products/timber, government contracts/leasing/permitting, historic preservation, Indian law, land use/real estate, minerals, oil & gas, power generation and transmission, public lands, recreation/resort, and water law matters. His experience extends to fede...
For over three decades Chris has been a leader in the fields of water law, planning and zoning law, constitutional law, natural resources law, road and public access law, constitutional law, and legislative matters. He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Boise Idaho three times by Best Lawyers in America: in 2014 (for natural resources), in 2013 (for environmental law), and in 2011 (for natural resources). He is described in the Idaho Yearbook Directory as “centrally loca...
Charlie’s practice focuses on real estate, natural resources, water rights, environmental, and administrative and regulatory law. She also has experience with federal Indian law and tribal law, especially as they relate to access issues, rights-of-way, natural resources law, and jurisdictional issues. Prior to joining Givens Pursley she practiced at Holland & Hart LLP in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she litigated complex civil cases involving energy, environment, natural resources, a...
Natural Resources Law Definition
Natural resources law is occasionally confused with environmental law, but the fields are distinct. Environmental law is what you may not do; natural resources law is what you may do and how to do it. It is the body of law that organizes the discovery, development, allocation, ownership, management, and ultimately use of all the raw materials that our civilization is built from, and of the energy sources that make it run. In a practical sense, this term has come to mean the constellation of statutory, regulatory, and judicial law that customarily applies to the major natural resource industries such as mining, oil and gas, water, and forestry.
This body of law draws heavily from contract, property, and corporate law, but also has substantial overlap with environmental, tax, land use, administrative, and even tort law. The set of legal issues that confront, for example, a client wishing to organize a company to develop a particular offshore or onshore mineral deposit, is unique. Therefore, the diversity and specificity of these issues led to the emergence of specialized natural resource lawyers.
Natural resource lawyers also must be familiar with the business realities that affect their clients. They are experienced with the operational details and points of negotiation in the contracts and physical operations that are common and also unique to a particular resource. They must alert clients to potential traps for the unwary in the case law of their jurisdiction, navigate government regulations to accomplish their clients’ goals, and assemble transactions from the myriad property and operational issues that exist for each particular resource. For example, the mechanics and economics of the development of oil and gas versus hard minerals such as coal has led to dramatically different business structures and contracts to develop these distinct resources.
Some natural resource lawyers specialize in unwinding the often Gordian ownership of mineral resources, others are skilled in litigating the unique disputes that arise in the context of development joint ventures, and still others can structure natural resource projects from exploration, to development and sale. In recent years, the natural resource industries have acquired a significant international dimension; in this context natural resource lawyers can provide invaluable orientation and counsel to foreign companies investing in mineral projects in the United States, or domestic companies seeking to expand their presence globally.
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