Mining and mineral rights clients must ensure their regulatory and policy interests are well represented before government decision makers at the federal, state and local levels. Our lawyers and lobbyists work closely with government policy makers to ensure our clients’ initiatives are acted upon with urgency. Our nine registered lobbyists are uniquely able to present our clients’ side of the issue to government officials across the West.
In today’s media and communications landscape, it is more important than ever for mining companies to obtain not only the correct government permits and approvals, but also to secure a “social license to operate” from their communities. Our lawyers and lobbyists help mining companies develop relationships with community stakeholders in the places where they do business, and work to help companies maintain those relationships throughout operations and to closure.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has well-established government and community relations practices in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada, and enjoys a unique relationship with political and government leaders in these states. Our thorough understanding of the politics and history of the region, combined with our relationships with government officials and interest groups, gives our clients a competitive edge.
- Advocate for mining industry associations, mining corporations and individual mines at the state and local level to improve economic incentives and reduce regulatory burden on the mining industry and individual mines.
- Counsel to clients regarding the performance of project and country risk evaluations, including legal, business and political risk assessments.
- Advise mine regarding community engagement, tax matters, corporate policies, corporate structure, personnel policies and campaign contributions.
- Assist mine with creation of a post-closure community relations plan, including job assistance for local mine employees.
- Advise and assist a state mining association and its members on state-wide impact of air quality regulations, and direct advocacy with the Governor and his executive environmental staff leading to the avoidance of duplicative and costly air regulation.