Mining & Mineral Rights

The firm represents a wide variety of domestic and international clients in the mining industry, ranging from junior exploration companies to large producing mining companies, as well as investors in the mining sector. Our attorneys have decades of experience in the industry and counsel clients in all phases of mining operations.

Natural resources law is extremely important to clients in our region. We work collaboratively with clients to understand and solve the unique challenges facing the mining industry, and combine resources in many legal disciplines to provide comprehensive and cost-effective legal services for mining operations, including:

  • Environmental and water law
  • Federal, state and tribal laws applicable to mineral exploration and development
  • Regulatory compliance, lobbying and policy advice
  • Federal and state permitting approvals and compliance
    • Air, water quality and water discharge permits
    • NEPA administrative and judicial appeals
    • MSHA and OSHA safety compliance
  • Finance
  • Mineral exploration and option agreements
  • Mining purchase, sale and leasing agreements
  • Mineral exploration joint ventures
  • Real estate counsel for mineral title opinions, mineral rights, royalties and surface and subsurface owner rights
  • Mining project development, greenfield sites
  • Energy cost evaluation, usage resource planning and utility rate case representation
  • Mediation, arbitration and civil litigation

Regulatory & Government

Carla A. Consoli
Carla A. Consoli
Practice Group Leader, Partner
602.262.5347 / vCard
Stanley B. Lutz
Stanley B. Lutz
602.262.5704 / vCard
Josh M. Reid
Josh M. Reid
Las Vegas
702.474.2605 / vCard
Dietrich C. Hoefner
Dietrich C. Hoefner
303.628.9589 / vCard

Related Services

Environmental Law

Representative Matters:

  • Counsel to seller in the sale of a North American gold producer with over one billion dollars in assets.
  • Counsel to a complex Russian joint venture regarding the negotiation and documentation of a mining agreement, including associated gold processing, export and sales agreements with the Russian government.
  • Counsel to the borrower in multi million dollar multi-lateral financing arrangements.
  • Counsel to the purchaser in the acquisition, through a governmental privatization, of a large, producing copper complex owned by the government of Peru.
  • Counsel to the purchaser in the acquisition of the assets of a large, domestic, fully integrated copper producer.
  • Counsel for a corporate division with five producing mines, including all aspects of mine, smelter and refinery operations.
  • Counsel to a multi-party joint venture regarding the negotiation and documentation of an agreement for a greenfield zinc development and construction project in Mexico.
  • Counsel to exploration companies on a variety of land and mining claim acquisition issues.
  • Render title opinions on unpatented mining claims and severed mineral rights.
  • Counsel to clients regarding the performance of project and country risk evaluations, including legal, business and political risk assessments.
  • Counsel to prospective purchasers and lenders in providing due diligence on mineral development projects and operating mines.
  • Counsel regarding mining and industrial clients in administrative and judicial appeals of air and water quality permitting actions.
  • Counsel to mining concern regarding Superfund liability, natural resources damages, NEPA and water rights.

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Primary Services

Environmental & Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Carla A. Consoli
Carla A. Consoli
Practice Group Leader