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Unparalleled Mining Knowledge with a Cross-Discipline Approach

Our mining attorneys can assist you with all aspects of your mining business.


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 group 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. To view Parsons attorneys’ U.S. Mining Law Short-Course presentation from the 2018 American Exploration and Mining Association annual meeting, click here.

Representative Matters

Represented Barrick Gold Corporation as lead counsel in an historic joint venture between Barrick and Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, creating the world’s third-largest gold mining company, Nevada Gold Mines LLC.
Parsons engineered the bankruptcy asset buyout of Cloud Peak Energy Company by its client, NTEC. The purchase makes NTEC the third-largest coal producer in the United States.
Coeur Rochester, Inc. v. Rye Patch Gold Corp., Nevada Sixth Judicial District


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