Local Due Diligence

Our water and environmental lawyers help national and international law firms perform local due diligence for your clients who are seeking to purchase, sell and/or invest in energy and mining projects in the Western U.S. The firms we work with typically do not have “boots on the ground” in key states or do not have access to water and environmental lawyers like ours who have managed numerous energy and mining transactions in the Southwest and beyond.

What Makes Us Unique

Here are the reasons national and international law firms rely on our water and environmental team for local due diligence support on energy and mining transactions in resource-rich western states.

  • In-depth energy and mining industry knowledge and experience. We know the potential risks and issues that impact energy and mining projects in western states, where there are scarce water resources, esoteric environmental laws, and complex jurisdictional regimes involving state, federal and Indian lands.
  • We know the right people. We have strong relationships with regional decision-makers at federal, state and local government agencies with whom we work collaboratively to advance your clients’ goals.
  • Tribal expertise. Given the hundreds of tribes represented in Indian Country across the Western U.S., we regularly work with our clients and local tribes to navigate complex federal Indian law issues unique to this area.  
  • Wide-ranging subject matter expertise. We are equipped to evaluate issues related to land/mineral positions and title issues, water availability, utility permitting, siting infrastructure, reclamation requirements, natural resources considerations, and local tax and corporate governance concerns. We thoroughly investigate environmental risks including current compliance with environmental requirements and potential liability for past practices such as proper disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Regional reach and consistent approach. Our team has the experience and expertise to provide local due diligence support in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming—ensuring a consistent approach across these jurisdictions.
  • Fast response times. We can accommodate short, phased deadlines because we understand that local due diligence often needs to be performed quickly yet thoroughly to allow your client to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a transaction.
  • Access to in-house document review. When local due diligence work involves intensive document review, we leverage our firm’s Document Control & eDiscovery Group to provide technology-driven, high-quality, low-cost review services at a moment’s notice and in more than a dozen languages.

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