Ronald L. Rencher

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Ronald L.Rencher
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6624

Mr. Rencher is a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group. Mr. Rencher spent a number of years in industry developing electric power projects, and he advises electric utilities in all facets of operations, including fuel acquisition agreements (such as a billion dollar life-of-the-mine coal supply agreement for a mine-mouth plant), fuel transportation agreements (rail, truck and barge), “all requirements contracts” for electric cooperatives, power purchase contracts, bulk power agreements, and equipment purchase contracts. He also represents utilities in “stray voltage” and other litigation, and he has assisted electric utility cooperatives with financial restructurings both in and out of bankruptcy court.

As restrictions are increasingly placed on the use of coal, Mr. Rencher also advises utilities on converting coal-fired facilities to natural gas, including documentation of such conversions. He handles permitting and regulatory issues, including EPA investigations, with respect to clean air, water, solid and hazardous waste, and has represented clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the public utility commissions of several western states.

Mr. Rencher also represents non-utility business and corporate clients before the Utah legislature and has been actively involved in drafting proposed legislation for a variety of clients. A former United States Attorney for the District of Utah, Mr. Rencher has represented clients in white collar criminal antitrust and grand jury investigations, as well as in civil litigation before all courts.

Prior to joining Parsons Behle and Latimer, Mr. Rencher enjoyed a national energy practice with a large international firm headquartered in New York City.

His previous professional experience includes serving as president of a subsidiary of the Bechtel Power Corporation (1986-88), where he was in charge of developing a large coal-fired independent power project with General Electric, Combustion Engineering, Public Service Company of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation; and as general manager (1983-86) and general counsel (1981-83) of the Intermountain Power Agency, during construction of a large, coal-fired generation station and AC and DC transmission systems. He was the United States Attorney for the District of Utah (1977-81), and a member of the Utah House of Representatives (1971-76), where he served as speaker (1975-76) and as a minority whip (1973-74). He was trained and appointed as a mediator by the U.S. District Court Utah (ATR pilot program).

Practice Areas



University of Utah, College of Law (J.D., 1968)

University of Colorado, College of Law

Brigham Young University (B.A., 1965)

University of Colorado, College of Engineering


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating

Utah Legal Elite 2020, Natural Resources



United States Attorney, District of Utah  (1977 - 1981)

Utah House of Representatives Member (1971 - 1976)
Speaker of the House of Representatives (1975 - 1976)
Minority Whip (1973 - 1974)

Mediator, appointed by U.S. District Court – Utah  (Alternative Dispute Resolution pilot program)


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


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