Unparalleled mining knowledge with a cross-discipline approach 


More than 130 years ago, Parsons Behle & Latimer was founded as a mining firm. Today, Parsons has one of the strongest mining practices in the Western United States. From the initial stages of a mining project through reclamation and closure, our mining attorneys have broad experience teaming with clients on every aspect of a mining operation. Our clients range from small junior mining companies to some of the world's largest and most diversified international mining companies.

Our multi-disciplinary team of mining attorneys leverages its experience and knowledge to provide timely, effective advice and solutions to clients for the numerous complex issues facing modern domestic and international mining and mineral processing companies. We assist clients with:

  • Mineral title examination and land use authorizations
  • Financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Exploration, lease and option agreements
  • Environmental permitting, compliance, and diligence
  • Royalty and refining agreements
  • Joint operating agreements
  • Water rights
  • Electrical power supply and infrastructure
  • Administrative appeals and litigation
  • Environmental liability, cleanup and reclamation issues

Virtually every practice team in the firm provides services to our mining clients. Our attorneys assist mining clients with:

  • Employment law
  • Corporate, tax and finance law
  • Litigation
  • Real estate and land use
  • Energy law
  • Communications law 

U.S. Mining Law Handbook

The Mining Law Short Course Handbook is a comprehensive overview of mining laws in the United States relating to the acquisition, exploration, development, operation and closure of hard rock mining projects. For several years, Parsons has partnered with the American Exploration and Mining Association and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada to present the Handbook in the form of a full-day short course at each association’s annual convention.


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Lead Counsel in Rio Tinto’s Acquisition of the Majority Joint Venture Interest in the Resolution Copper Project

Lead counsel in the successful acquisition of a majority joint venture interest in the Resolution Copper project, near Superior, Ariz., one of the foremost copper projects in the world. Structural and strategic support in the successful legislative land exchange for the Project. NEPA and environmental permitting assistance for the Project.

Doe Run Acquistion of La Oroya Smelter and Cobriza Mine Complex in Peru

Parsons attorneys successfully led the due diligence, bid, negotiation and implementation of the $100 million plus privatization acquisition of the La Oroya smelter complex and Cobriza mine from CENTROMIN in Peru. Parsons team provided commercial and permitting, ITAR, environmental compliance and other legal support for the operation.

Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (Epcm) Agreements

Prepared and negotiated various EPCM Agreements including for Yamana Gold for the Mercedes Mine (Mexico), Cerro Morro (Argentina), Rio Tinto, Barrick (Dominican Republic) and other clients.