J.D. Kesler is a trusted adviser to clients, guiding them through transactional and litigation matters related to infrastructure projects primarily in the energy, mining and real estate development industries. As a former in-house attorney, J.D. understands how to easily and effectively navigate the complexities of a client’s project-related legal decisions and legal challenges to accomplish his client's goals.



J.D. has extensive experience negotiating complex transactions in the energy industry including: acquisition, development, and financing of utility scale solar projects, pumped hydro storage, and wind; disposition of impaired or challenging natural resource assets; 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 of oil and gas; hydrogen conversion and storage projects; helium projects; acquiring and selling real estate; obtaining land use entitlements; and financing energy infrastructure transactions, such as all of those listed above. 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 joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, J.D. spent nearly six years as in-house counsel at a natural gas company, with divisions focused on oil and gas exploration, local natural gas distribution and interstate pipelines. 


Hydrogen Conversion and Storage Project

Represented the operator of a power plant in the negotiation and drafting of an agreement to develop and construct a hydrogen conversion plant and underground salt dome storage facility which is the first of its kind in the western United States.

Natural Gas Replacement Project

Representing Dominion Energy in multi-year, high-pressure natural gas pipeline replacement including eminent domain acquisition, workspace and staging areas, permitting and property rights.  

International Mining Agreements

Represented international mining company in the negotiation and drafting of numerous “earn in” type option agreements for development of mines throughout the Americas, including Chile, Columbia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States.



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

University of Utah (B.S.)

Political Science


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