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Kim Colton’s practice focuses on corporate, real estate and natural resources matters. He works for energy companies, assisting with real property, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, due diligence, corporate governance, public lands and mineral title examination. Kim has experience with solar, wind, and natural gas projects. He also has experience with power purchase agreements, construction of generation facilities, and condemnation for transmission lines. He also represents an international aquaculture group with regard to its US operations. Kim regularly represents corporate borrowers and lenders in commercial financing transactions secured by real estate and energy properties.

  • Led title and due diligence team for $434 million acquisition of three Utah coal mines
  • Local counsel for buyer in $40 million acquisition of mining assets and federal and state coal leases
  • Negotiated and drafted project agreements for $100 million, 140 megawatt, natural gas fired generation facility
  • U.S. counsel for $342 million sale of international aquaculture group
  • U.S. counsel to international aquaculture group for approximately €60 million credit facility
  • U.S. counsel responsible for design and reorganization of corporate structure for international aquaculture group
  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1995)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (M.A., Literary and Cultural Theory, 1990)
  • Brigham Young University (M.A., English, 1989)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., English, 1987)
  • State Bar of Utah
    • Bar Examiner (2017-present)
    • New Lawyer Mentor (2009-present)
    • Courts and Judges Committee, Chair (2006-2009)
    • Governmental Relations Committee (2000-2003)
  • American Bar Association
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Section
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Utah Association of Professional Landmen
  • "Underground Fences," Author, The Enterprise - Utah's Business Journal (August 27, 2018)
  • "Toward Sustainable Seafood: The Great Salt Lake’s Brine Shrimp Harvest," Author, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Natural Resources, Volume 33, Number 1 (Summer 2018)
  • "Title Objections: When They Should and Shouldn't Be Made," Live Teleconference, National Business Institute (2017)
  • "Top Title Defects Cured," Instructor, National Business Institute (2016)
  • "Boundary Disputes in Utah (Mineral Estates)," Instructor, National Business Institute (2015)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Energy/Natural Resources, Utah Business Magazine (2016)
  • Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Utah Graduate
  • Jordan Education Foundation, Board of Trustees (2002-2005)
  • Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, P.C., Shareholder (2002-2015), Associate (1998-2002)
  • Snow & Jensen, P.C. (nka Snow, Jensen & Reece, P.C.), Associate (1996-1998)
  • Utah Court of Appeals, Judicial Clerk to Hon. Norman H. Jackson (1995-1996)
  • German
  • Utah
  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • United States District Court, District of Utah