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.