Mining - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

For decades, we have helped clients throughout the West overcome the hurdles to successfully developing, operating and reclaiming a mine—complex regulations, growing public activism and stringent oversight from federal, state and local agencies. 

Our Mining Group has worked on every aspect of mine development and cleanup. We assist mining clients with corporate needs, including acquisition and disposition of mining properties, mergers and acquisitions and finding the most efficient bonding mechanisms. We represent mining clients in obtaining water rights for operations, permitting, the use and disposal of mine wastewater and obtaining necessary permits to allow mines to operate. We also frequently guide clients through the complex National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species regulatory system, which can pose difficult obstacles to mine development and operation.

In the courtroom and before administrative agencies, our attorneys have successfully represented mine developers and subcontractors in some of the most significant mining litigation matters in the U.S. involving mine reclamation and waste discharge issues. We have a proven track record of helping our clients resolve administrative violations with federal and state agencies, including alleged violations that threaten to stop development or operation of the mine.

Members of our Mining Group, including a former solicitor of the Department of the Interior, have worked on significant mining issues while working for Congress and federal and state agencies, including Congressional committees, the Departments of Interior, Energy and Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies. 

Representative Matters
  • Successfully represented a prominent cement company in land use, mining, contract and environmental litigation and land use matters regarding its facilities in Colorado, New Mexico, and South Dakota. This work includes assisting the company in obtaining federal government and tribal approval for a mine and conveyor system on federal and tribal property.

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Martha L. Fitzgerald Shareholder T 303.223.1472 mfitzgerald@bhfs.com
Christine A. Jochim Of Counsel T 303.223.1163 cjochim@bhfs.com
Luke D. Johnson Policy Director T 202.747.0513 ldjohnson@bhfs.com
Mark J. Mathews Shareholder T 303.223.1179 mmathews@bhfs.com
Ronda L. Sandquist Shareholder T 303.223.1191 rsandquist@bhfs.com
Hal Stratton Shareholder T 505.724.9596 hstratton@bhfs.com