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Jon Lear

Managing Partner

rubymt@aol.com - 801-538-5003

Jon is the managing partner for Lear & Lear.  His practice areas include natural resources and renewable energy development with a focus on renewable natural gas and geothermal issues.

In recent years, Jon’s work has primarily focused on the use of alternative fuels in the nation’s transportation fleet, focusing on all aspects of renewable   natural gas development including environmental credit sales, Co2 and methane liquefaction; Jon has also organized and implemented projects across a broad range of natural resource and energy issues. 

 

Practice Areas

Transactional & Due Diligence

  • Purchase & Sale Agreements

  • Permitting

  • Environmental Due Diligence

Acquisition & Divestiture

  • Due Diligence

  • Title

  • Contract Issues

  • Deal Structuring

    • Transfer of Title

    • Indemnification

    • Confidentiality

    • Lien Priority

  • Third-Party Consents and Waiver

    • Consents to Assign

    • Waiver of Preferential Purchase Rights

  • Transactional Documents

    • Letter of Intent

    • Confidentiality Agreements

    • Purchase & Sale Agreements

    • Title Defects

  • Closing Documents

  • Curative Title Documents

Renewable Energy

  • Site Identification

  • Land & Title Issues

  • Due Diligence

  • Rights-of-Way

  • Contractor Agreements

  • Gas sale agreements

  • Project Development Documents

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • EPA and state environmental credit regimes (RINs)

Natural Resources

  • American Indian Law

  • Acquisitions of Mineral Interests on Federal, State & Private Lands

  • Compliance & Regulation

  • Permitting

  • Due Diligence

  • Transactions

  • Public Leasing & Permitting

  • Alternative Energy Projects

  • Mineral Development

  • Surface Use & Conservation Easements

 

Representative Matters

  • Organization and implementation of coal leases and electrical generation on native Navajo lands

  • Off-shore Alaska drilling negotiations in the Bering and Beaufort Seas between National   groups and 6 major oil companies

  • North Slope Native American and energy issues (Gwitchen)

  • Development of an integrated energy plan for Yellowstone National Park.

  • Organization and implementation of Alternative Fuel/Air Quality Projects in the following locations:

    • Denver, Colorado (1987)

    • Sacramento, California (1988)

    • Los Angeles, California (1989-1994)

    • Houston, Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Texas (1994-2002)

    • Juarez/ El Paso/ Las Cruces Region (1996-2002)

    • Long Island, New York City and Central New York State (1995-2002)

    • Hartford, Connecticut (1997-2001)

    • Yellowstone National Park and Greater Yellowstone/Teton Region (1998-2002)

    • RNG studies for DOE 2009-2010

    • Geothermal Development 2009 -

    • RNG Project Development 2016 to 2021

Admissions

  • Jon is admitted to practice in Utah.

Education

  • University of Utah, (J.D., 1976)

  • University of Utah (B.A., History, 1972)