Eric B. Fjelstad

PHONE: 907.263.6973
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Robert A. Maynard

PHONE: 208.343.3434
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Received National Tier 1 Ranking from U.S. News — Best Lawyers® for Natural Resources Law

With increasing pressure by U.S. environmental and other agencies, the mining industry must comply with some of the most stringent laws and regulatory regimes in the world. Concern for preservation of land, clean air and water, protection of endangered species, hazardous materials, and mine safety and health concerns have put in place myriad procedures and standards that companies must address. Every day we assist our clients with understanding how these requirements affect their plans and operations, strategies for cost-effective compliance and paths to success for exploration, development and other projects.

Our team is highly experienced in all aspects of representation for natural resources projects and maintains one of the leading mining practices in the nation. We have advised our clients on projects in the United States and around the world; and we are the go-to law firm for project permitting and development of mineral properties in Alaska and elsewhere. Our client base ranges from junior exploration companies to the largest mining conglomerates in the world.

We offer mining companies a spectrum of legal services from project financing to permitting for major developments. We represent mining companies in the full range of transactions from those involving worldwide operations to international ventures to purchase and own mines and in the development and exploitation of mining technology. We also represent mining companies in litigation relating to operations, environmental matters, health and safety disputes and intellectual property rights. We are routinely asked to undertake due diligence and other transactional work for financial institutions, junior companies and major mining companies interested in royalties, joint ventures and other investments or participation in mining properties or active operations.

We have a deep bench in environmental and public lands issues and regularly assist leading mining companies with major mine permitting and regulatory strategy; land exchanges, land and mineral resource sales and acquisitions; and post-operation remediation and decommissioning. Our attorneys have significant experience with the federal programs that play a key role in mine permitting, such as the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements under NEPA, Endangered Species Act consultation and compliance, and the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts as well as state and local solid waste, reclamation and other requirements in numerous jurisdictions.  We counsel clients with respect to mine safety and health regulations, MSHA enforcement and reporting and in the event of catastrophes or fatalities.  Our clients frequently ask us to work with agency leaders and industry associations to promote improvements in government policies, regulations and laws affecting the mining industry.

How we can help:

  • Contracting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Environmental Permitting and Due Diligence
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Financing and Securities Transactions
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legislative Advocacy and Regulatory Proceedings
  • Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Matters, Including ERISA and MSHA 
  • Land and Mineral Title Examination
  • Mining Claim Maintenance and Transfers
  • Performance Bonding and Financial Assurance Issues
  • Sales and Acquisitions of Lands, Facilities and Other Assets
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Conservation
  • Water Rights