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Five Holland & Hart Attorneys Named Among Who's Who Legal For Mining Law

Steven Barringer, Robert A. Bassett, A. John Davis III, Jack D. Palma, and Lawrence J. Wolfe were selected for this prestigious international listing

Five Holland & Hart LLP attorneys have been named among the Who’s Who Legal listing for mining law. Steven Barringer, Robert A. Bassett, A. John Davis III, Jack D. Palma, and Lawrence J. Wolfe were selected for this prestigious international listing which identifies the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law. In addition, Bassett was named among the 20 most highly regarded individuals globally, and Barringer was lauded as an “exceptional environmental regulation and clean-up specialist who clients describe as a ‘real life-saver’ for his risk avoidance advice.”

This year, 408 practitioners are highlighted in the list of leading mining lawyers from 228 firms across 65 countries. In total, this site features over 16,000 of the World’s leading private practice lawyers from over 100 national jurisdictions. The organization prides itself on the integrity and authority of its findings. It is impossible to buy entry into this publication.

The organization acts as a reference source for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations of expert lawyers recommended by another party. However, because referrals are often lateral, the organization also aims to create a network among the lawyers listed, who will know the ablest lawyers in their own practice area, but may not be so familiar with other fields and countries in interdisciplinary and international transactions.

Who’s Who Legal is published by Law Business Research Limited.

“This is a small, very elite group selected mostly from international law firms,” said Holland & Hart partner and Environment, Energy & Natural Resources practice group leader Kelly Johnson. Their honor is certainly well-deserved and a great tribute to our fine mining lawyers at Holland & Hart.”

Steve Barringer, a partner in Holland & Hart’s Washington D.C. office, effectively counsels clients on environmental regulation and cleanup, legislative and regulatory strategy, and governmental relations. He provides advice on solid and hazardous waste management and disposal, water quality, federal and state “Right to Know” laws, federal and state cleanup requirements, federal and state regulation of the mining and energy extraction industries, environmental laws of Western states, federal and state regulatory relationships, climate change sustainable development, public lands and natural resources law, and the federal appropriations process.

Robert Bassett is a partner in the firm’s Denver Tech Center office practicing in the areas of Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, Mining, Natural Resources Litigation, Condemnation, Real Estate and Construction, Infrastructure, and Oil and Gas. With nearly 30 years of experience in mining law, Bassett provides clients with the practical solutions and the solid advice they need for financing and developing their projects.

He has represented clients in a myriad of complex transactions involving major coal, copper, gold, industrial minerals and uranium mines and companies in the U.S., Latin America and Africa; acted as mining counsel for numerous financings of mining companies; has acted as mining counsel in complex mining company mergers and acquisitions; and represented clients before government agencies for development of mining projects, mine methane capture programs, and property rights acquisitions.

A. John Davis III is a partner in the firm’s Salt Lake City office where he focuses his practice on energy and natural resources law, with an emphasis on oil and gas, mining, public lands, and alternative fuels. He assists and advises clients in acquisition, title, financing, easement and access, operational and environmental permitting, and compliance matters on federal, Indian tribal, private, and state lands, as well as NEPA compliance, land exchanges, and mineral property development. Davis provides legal advice as transactional counsel in acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers involving hard rock, industrial, potash minerals, and aggregate materials as well as oil and gas, oil sands, coal, and gilsonite properties in the United States and Canada.

Davis’s extensive experience in complex natural resources, environmental, and public lands litigation complements his transactional practice. His litigation experience includes CERCLA (Superfund) and hazardous waste litigation, as well as civil cases for oil and gas and mining clients.

Jack D. Palma II is retired and currently serving as of counsel in Holland & Hart’s Cheyenne office where he focuses his practice on natural resources and environmental law. Palma’s extensive experience includes work in federal and state public land law, NEPA, environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, oil and gas, minerals, and water. He has worked on environmental and regulatory permitting associated with coalbed methane development, as well as conventional oil exploration production, natural gas processing and pipeline facilities within Wyoming, and he has been an adviser to oil and gas producers, advising them on their day-to-day legal issues.

Lawrence J. Wolfe if of counsel in the firm’s Cheyenne office where he focuses his practice on Natural Resources Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Income Tax, Water Law, Litigation, State and Local Tax, Government, and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs.

He counsels industrial and extractive clients on tax and royalty litigation, and he has represented mining, oil and gas, and commercial clients in extensive litigation before Wyoming tax agencies and in court. In addition, Wolfe maintains an active governmental relations practice before Wyoming state agencies and the Wyoming legislature, as well as dealing with federal agencies and Congress.

For more than 60 years, Holland & Hart has been a leading mining law firm in the United States, earning national first-tier rankings for our mining practice multiple times from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. From the commencement of a mining project through fruition, the firm’s mining lawyers have broad experience advising clients on virtually every aspect of a mining operation. Our multidisciplinary, multistate team leads clients from the initial stages of acquisition, title examination, permitting, and exploration, through feasibility studies, site development, financing, and management and operation of an active mine, all the way to reclamation and post-mining use of mining property.


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