Chad Baker is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Energy & Natural Resource department. Chad assists clients with identifying and implementing practical approaches for addressing environmental, natural resource, and energy issues throughout all phases of a project’s lifecycle including due diligence, permitting, compliance and enforcement, and divestment or closure.
Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Chad was environmental and permitting counsel with Rio Tinto. In this role, he was responsible for environmental, natural resource and energy matters for Rio Tinto’s U.S. operations. During his tenure at Rio Tinto, Chad led the legal team responsible for optimizing a facility’s electric generation and secured a long-term energy supply agreement requiring complex legislative, regulatory, and commercial negotiations and solutions. He also served on Rio Tinto’s business reliance team, which provided management, business, and legal response to emergency events including the Manefay slide – believed to be the largest in-pit slope failure. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Chad held a corporate counsel position with an engineering company and was an associate in the Phoenix office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Chad began his legal career as a litigator in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chad serves on the Utah Resource Advisory Council, which advises the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Utah State Director, and is a former co-chair of the National Mining Associations’ water quality subcommittee. Chad attended the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where among other honors, he served as an editor of Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology. He also holds a master’s degree in environmental science & engineering.
Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., 2004)
Center Scholar, ASU Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology
William H. Pedrick Scholar
Honors Legal Method and Writing
Dean’s Advisory Committee on Student Recruitment
Editor, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology (M.S., 1998)
University of Wisconsin – EAU Claire (B.S., 1997)
Magna cum laude
Utah Mining Association
1st Vice President, Executive Committee and Member of Board of Directors
National Mining Association
(Former) co-chair water quality subcommittee
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Member of Utah Resource Advisory Counsel
Minnesota (voluntarily inactive)
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit