Recently, peers and clients have honored Parsons Behle & Latimer’s (Parsons’) Environmental, Energy and Natural Resource (EENR) attorneys with an extraordinary number of accolades and offers of leadership positions to team members. Environmental, energy and natural resource (EENR) companies across the Intermountain West recognize Parsons as a leading law firm in the energy, environmental and natural resources sectors. Parsons was founded in 1882 primarily as a mining industry firm and continues to be a leading EENR firm in the region today.  

Michael A. Zody, Parsons’ Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources practice area chairperson says, “It is a pleasure to collaborate with this dynamic group of attorneys and paralegals to advance the goals of such important clients and projects for our region and the country. We continue to add attorneys and paralegals to our team as we build a practice group with real staying power, consistent with our long tradition of strength in this area.” Some of the recent accolades and appointments are as follow:

EENR team member Chad C. Baker has been appointed co-chair for Terralex’s Energy & Environmental Practice Group. Terralex is a global network of vetted law firms who are leaders in their jurisdictions and who work together to solve multi-jurisdictional and cross-border opportunities and legal challenges for member firms and their clients. Baker’s practice focuses in environmental, natural resource and energy issues throughout all phases of a project’s lifecycle, including due diligence, permitting, compliance, regulatory enforcement and divestment or closure.

Ashley C. Nikkel, a member of Parsons’ EENR practice teams in the Reno, Nev. office has been appointed to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s (RMMLF) Publications Committee. RMMLF is a legal collaborative educational nonprofit dedicated to the scholarly and practical study of laws and regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, energy, public lands, water, environmental and international law. Nikkel says, “I’m honored to continue Parsons’ tradition of leadership within RMMLF and look forward to contributing to the publications so many natural resource professionals rely on for the most comprehensive and up-to-date mineral law guidance.” Nikkel counsels mining and energy clients operating on public lands. She handles all stages of the environmental permitting and compliance at local, state and federal levels, with particular expertise in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She also advises on mining transactions and related due diligence and is an experienced litigator.

On Nov. 8, Hal J. Pos was conferred the Edward W. Clyde Distinguished Service Award by the Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Law (ENREL) Section of the Utah State Bar. This prestigious award is given to attorneys based on their overall contributions to the ENREL Section of the Bar and to the practice of environmental law. In his acceptance speech, Pos addressed the young attorneys of the ENREL Section, emphasizing their responsibility to support the statutes, policies and rules adopted by companies and nations to combat global warming. Pos stated, “There remains no cushion in time. It will be your generation and your children’s generation that will need to act to help save our planet. I have great confidence that the younger lawyers in our section will help lead the way, provide the guidance and counselling … to all those who will play an important role to ensure that Utah is doing its part in achieving climate change and clean energy objectives and goals.”

Michael A. Zody was recently named the chairperson of the Utah Manufacturers Association Environmental Law Committee. He has also been appointed as the co-chairperson of the Air Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Environment and Energy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. Zody says, “Working with trade and professional associations broadens my perspectives and connections, keeps me on my toes and adds to my enjoyment of the practice of environmental law.”  Zody is a seasoned environmental and compliance litigator who helps mining and industrial clients present their best strategic position in administrative, state and federal court proceedings. His expertise includes rulemaking challenges, enforcement defense and permit defense cases.

Parsons EENR practice groups continue to grow and lead the way in legal services and counseling involving energy, environmental and natural resource projects. To learn more about Parsons’ EENR teams, click here.

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