Joseph D. Kesler

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Joseph D. Kesler
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6730

J.D. Kesler's practice focuses on matters in the energy, mining, and real estate development industries, and general corporate transactions.

J.D. joined the firm after nearly 6 years in-house at a natural gas company with divisions focused on oil and gas exploration, local natural gas distribution, and interstate pipelines. J.D. represented the company on issues related to real estate litigation and transactions, eminent domain, land use and entitlements, public lands, oil and gas leasing and royalties, and general corporate matters.

J.D. has extensive experience negotiating corporate transactions in the energy industry including acquisition and disposition of oil and gas leases and mineral rights, negotiating joint venture agreements for developing energy and utility assets, negotiating surface rights related to exploration and production, acquiring and selling real estate, and obtaining land use entitlements. Additionally, J.D. is fully versed in all phases of pipeline and utility construction, including the acquisition of easements and other property rights (whether through negotiation or the use of eminent domain), obtaining land-use entitlements, as well as reclamation and restoration upon completion of pipeline construction.

Prior to going in-house, J.D. worked for a Salt Lake City law firm where he obtained civil litigation experience, focusing on real property and water law, and where a significant portion of his practice was devoted to representing water districts, utilities, and others in land-use and eminent domain matters. 


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University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 2008, with honors)

University of Utah (B.S., 2003)

Political Science


Utah Legal Elite: 2011, 2018, 2019, 2020




University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law