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. 



J.D. has extensive experience negotiating complex transactions in the energy industry including: acquisition and development of large scale solar projects; 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 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 at a natural gas company, with divisions focused on oil and gas exploration, local natural gas distribution and interstate pipelines. Prior to going in-house, J.D. worked for a Salt Lake City law firm where he obtained civil litigation experience, focusing on real property and water law, and where a significant portion of his practice was devoted to representing water districts, utilities and others in land-use and eminent domain matters. 


Transactions and Compliance for Multiple Solar Projects

Represented buyer in a transaction for the acquisition of multiple utility scale solar projects in varying stages of development, totaling over 350 MW and involving private, state and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Performed due diligence; contract and agreement work. Since acquisition, conducted permitting, land acquisition, environmental, title, tax and other work including securing bona fide prospective purchaser protections that involved Brownfields property; EPA support in obtaining a Ready for Reuse determination.

Acquisition of Utility Scale Solar Projects



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