Mike Malmquist provides a key resource for clients seeking to site, permit, and, if challenged, defend their natural resource projects on both public and private lands. He brings a wealth of experience helping clients obtain and defend permits under federal, state and local law for a range of projects including renewable and traditional energy and mining.   



Mike Malmquist is a shareholder of Parsons Behle & Latimer and works in the firm's Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources practice group. He helps clients site and develop renewable energy, mining, transportation and other projects by advising them on environmental permitting, land use authorization, public lands and NEPA issues and strategies. He also defends projects against permit appeals and lawsuits involving claims under NEPA, FLPMA, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water and Air Acts and other federal and state environmental, wildlife and public land laws. He has performed environmental and title diligence for various energy and natural resource acquisitions and mergers.

Mr. Malmquist was previously with the United States Department of Justice where his practice included trial and appellate litigation of cases involving NEPA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and various Indian law and water law issues. He also represented the Department's position on legislative and policy issues with a focus on Western natural resources and water rights.

Mr. Malmquist is active in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and served as president of the Foundation during 2017-2018.


Federal permitting counsel on 165 MW p.v. solar project

Lead NEPA counsel on 1.2 billion ton, 1,200 acre mine tailing expansion project

Lead permitting counsel on $1.6 billion 24-mile freeway re-construction project



University of Utah, College of Law (J.D., 1988)

Order of the Coif
University of Utah Law Review
Co-Chair of Natural Resources Law Forum
Dewsnup Fellow
Eccles Fellow

Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A. in Environmental Studies, 1977)

Honors: Cum Laude


2010 Lawyer of the Year, Utah Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Bar Section

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Utah Business magazine’s Legal Elite, Chambers USA, and Mountain States Super Lawyers

Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Mining Law, Salt Lake City

Named 2016 and 2019 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Energy Law, Salt Lake City

Named 2021 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Environmental Law, Salt Lake City

Practices before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and multiple federal courts



Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Vice President
Board of Directors
(2009 - 2010; 2016 - 2020)
(2000 - 2016; 2020 to present)

Utah State Bar, Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section, Public Lands Committee
Past Chairman

University of Utah College of Law
Former Adjunct Professor




U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah


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