David R. Bird

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David R.Bird
Government Relations & Lobbying Practice Area Co-Chair
Shareholder
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6824
Cell: 801.560.6849

David Bird is a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Government Relations and Lobbying practice group where he serves as co-chair. Mr. Bird is involved in building coalitions, representing trade and professional associations, and lobbying for the interests of individual clients. He has been involved with a broad range of legislative issues for over 40 years. 

Mr. Bird is a member of the Utah Mining Association Executive Committee. He is the chair of the Utah Manufacturers Legislative Committee and is the former chair of the Legislative Action Committee of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Utah State Bar Legislative Affairs Committee. Mr. Bird is a past president of the Utah State Bar and served as the Bar representative on the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission and the Utah State Judicial Council. He taught environmental law at Brigham Young University.

Practice Areas

Accomplishments

Academic

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
(J.D., 1977)

Honors: Magna Cum Laude
J. Reuben Clark Scholar
Law Review 1975-77

Brigham Young University (B.S., 1973)

Honors: Cum Laude


Professional

Energy & Natural Resources Young Lawyer of the Year, 1982

Utah Mining Association Patrick E. Conner Award for Distinguished Service, 2010

Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2019 and 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" for Government Relations Practice, Salt Lake City

Recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America"

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating

Utah Legal Elite, Energy & Natural Resources


Associations

Professional

Utah State Bar
President
(2005 - 2006)

Utah State Bar Commission
Member
(2001 - 2007)

American Bar Association
Member
(1977 - Present)

Utah Judicial Conduct Commission
Member
(2001 - 2003)

Utah Judicial Council
Member
(2003 - 2006)

Utah State Bar, Energy & Natural Resources Section
Chairman, Section Officer
(1985 - 1989)

Utah State Bar, Water Committee
Chairman
(1981 - 1983)

Utah State Bar, Environmental Committee
Chairman
(1983 - 1985)


Community

Barrick Mercur Gold Mine Foundation
Trustee
(1990 - Present)

Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce,
Legislative Affairs Committee
Past Chair

Labor Commission,
Workers Compensation Advisory Council
Member
(1994 - 2017)

Utah Manufacturers Association
Board of Directors
(2006 - 2017)
Chair of Legislative Committee

Utah Foundation
Board Member
(1996 - 2019)

Utah Mining Association Board of Directors
Executive Committee
(1995 - 2020)
President
(2000 - 2001)
Chair of Legislative & Tax Committee
(1982 - Present)

Salt Lake Valley Health Department,
Environmental Advisory Council
Member
(1985 - 2010)


Licensed/Admitted

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah
Utah

Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School