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Jim P. Allen

Jim P. Allen

Associate| Salt Lake City|Tucson


Jim Allen's practice is focused on regulatory issues surrounding development of natural resources, including water, mining, oil & gas, wildlife, and public lands. He assists clients with all phases of the administrative process, including permit applications, conferences, hearings, appeals and litigation. Jim's background as an engineer permits him to interact effectively with state and federal regulators on a variety of technical issues. His practice includes advising clients on water rights, mining, oil & gas development and land-use issues.

Jim has represented clients in both administrative and judicial actions that involve the full spectrum of federal laws regulating natural resources and land use, including the Surface Mine Control & Reclamation Act (SMCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Land Management Policy Act (FLPMA), Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and Mineral Leasing Act. His Utah experience includes the Utah Mined Land Reclamation Act, Coal Mine Safety Act, Oil & Gas Conservation Code, Water & Irrigation Code, Utah Wildlife Code, and Coal Mining & Reclamation Act.

Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, Jim served as counsel to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, including the Divisions of Oil, Gas & Mining, Forestry, Fire & State Lands, Wildlife Resources, Water Resources, and the Utah State Engineer. He was staff attorney and report editor for the Utah Mine Safety Commission created by Governor Jon Hunstman to assess Utah's role in regulation of mine safety in the aftermath of the Crandall Canyon Mine accidents of 2007. Jim has appeared regularly before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas & Mining and has represented clients on natural resource matters in state and federal district courts.

  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., high honors, 2006)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor in Chief, Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law
    • Stephen Pierre Traynor Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    • O'Hara Honors Program Fellowship in Natural Resources Law
  • University of Utah (B.S., Metallurgical Engineering)
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Wyoming
  • United States District Court, District of Utah
  • State Bar of Utah
  • American Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Utah Petroleum Association
  • Utah Mining Association
  • The Society For Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME)
  • "Tighter Regulations Amid the Fracking Fray," Co-Author, The National Law Journal (November 4, 2013)
  • "Nuclear Energy and Radioactive Waste: A Hot Choice for Utah," Utah CEO (May 2010)
  • "Coal Mine Closure, Reclamation, and Financial Assurance Under the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Mine Closure, Financial Assurance, and Final Reclamation," Co-Author, Paper No. 7, Page No. 7-1 (Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn. 2009)
  • "NEPA Alternatives Analysis: The Evolving Exclusion of Remote & Speculative Alternatives," 25 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 287 (2005)
  • Utah Attorney General's Office, Natural Resources Division, Assistant Attorney General
  • United States Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior, Research Scientist
  • EIMCO Process Equipment Company, Process Engineering/Technical Service Manager