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Mitch Maio

Attorney

mitch.maio@learlaw.com - 801-538-5041

Mitch represents natural resource and renewable energy development clients throughout the United States, assisting them as they navigate administrative, regulatory and litigation issues.  Mitch focuses on natural resource and renewable energy development. He represents oil and gas, mining, and renewable energy clients to acquire, develop, operate, and finance mid-scale and large-scale energy projects.

               

Mitch regularly appears before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining and assists clients with preparing, presenting, and defending regulatory applications for well spacing, density, compulsory pooling, well siting exemptions, underground injection control, and flaring and bonding allowances, including appealing adverse decisions of the Board.  Mitch has extensive experience litigating matters in state and federal court and before the Interior Board of Land Appeals, including successfully defending against the second largest civil penalty issued by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue.

Mitch also represents various national companies in renewable energy development, including assisting with all aspects of project completion from origination (surface and mineral leasing, wind and solar leasing, land transactions, federal, state, and local permitting) through financing (due diligence and tax equity financing diligence). 

 

Practice Areas

Title Work

  • Drilling & Division Order Title Opinions

  • Acquisition Opinions

  • Financing Opinions

  • Supplemental Title Opinions

  • Curative Title Work

Dispute Resolution/ Litigation

  • Surface & Title Disputes

  • Operational Disputes

  • Contract/JOA Disputes

  • Vendor & Subcontractor Disputes

  • Regulatory Compliance Issues

  • Rights-of-Way Disputes

  • Lis Pendens

  • Quiet Title Actions

  • Interior Board of Land Appeals Actions

  • Administrative Appeals

Commission & Regulatory

  • Well Siting and Spacing

  • Pooling, Unitization, and Communitization

  • Surface and Downhole Commingling of Oil and Gas

  • Vertical, Directional, and Horizontal Drilling

  • Gas Flaring

  • Surface Use & Bonding

  • Salt Water Disposal & Other Types of Injection Wells

  • Oilfield Waste Facilities

Renewable Energy

  • Site Identification

  • Land & Title Issues

  • Due Diligence

  • Rights-of-Way

  • Contractor Agreements

  • Project Development Documents

  • Regulatory Compliance

 

Admissions

  • Mitch is admitted to practice in Utah (State & Federal Court)

Professional & Civic Organizations

  • Utah State Bar Association, member

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, member

  • University of Utah Young Alumni Board (2010-Present)

  • Utah Men Against Sexual Violence (UMASV), Founder & Chair (2000-2003)

  • Community Educator, Salt Lake Rape Recovery Center (1998-2002)

Education

  • University of Utah, 2007, J.D.

  • University of Utah, 2002, B.S. (Exercise & Sports Science)