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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European Bond Trustee

Represented a European bond trustee in the design and implementation of a security package in the United States for a $100 million bond offering. The bonds will partially finance the development of a cobalt mine in Idaho. On Feb. 2, the first $50 million tranche of was released. Parsons’ team prepared the documents necessary to secure the funding, including mortgages on the real property, a security agreement for the personal property, collateral assignments of various contracts, a share pledge agreement, and a blocked account control agreement.

Sale of Mining Company

Representing a Canadian-based mining company in asset sale, including drafting and negotiating agreements for the sale of mining assets combined with a structure to provide indemnity protection against future operations.

Acquisition of Mining and Natural Resource Properties

Counsel West Vault Mining Inc.in the acquisition of properties; borrowing; corporate and company transactions; mining and natural resources.