Marie Bradshaw Durrant helps clients with telecommunications and wireless infrastructure projects, including federal licensing and ensuring compliance for assets in sales transactions. She has represented clients before the Federal Communications Commission at both the Commission and Bureau levels for administrative proceedings, rulemaking, and potential enforcement actions. She also helps clients meet tribal consultation requirements and has negotiated favorable outcomes to complicated issues involving multiple tribes. Ms. Durrant also assists clients with environmental compliance, with a special focus on air quality. She has represented clients in legal challenges to EPA rulemakings, permitting and enforcement actions at the local, regional and national levels, and she has extensive experience helping clients respond to information requests and investigations by the EPA and other administrative agencies.
Ms. Durrant has experience litigating in appellate courts as well as representing clients before state and federal government agencies. Her background in research and data analysis has benefited clients addressing ineffective regulations and administrative agency implementation. She has also worked on a pro bono basis with two international governments updating their mining laws and contracts, an organization building schools in Mali, Africa, and an organization working to protect ancestral remains.
- Lead legal advisor for two national communications associations’ efforts to improve FCC siting regulations for wireless infrastructure
- Advice and analysis for national wireless infrastructure company on siting issues in the western U.S., including federal lands and railroad right-of-way issues
- Guided several companies through sales and purchases agreements involving communications equipment and infrastructure licensed through the FCC
- Led energy and trade association clients in administrative and judicial challenges against an EPA NAAQS designations and rulemakings
- Guided client through a consent agreement and final order with the EPA for CAA violations in Indian country
- Obtained disputed No Hazard determinations from the FAA, allowing a large electrical transmission project to proceed on schedule
- Successfully completed NHPA Section 106 review for multiple energy-related communications and transportation projects in several different states, including projects on Indian reservations
- Organized and conducted Tribal Learning Session with 15 tribes from the Northern Great Plains area on NHPA and Section 106 Review in partnership with the FCC
- Helped author numerous comments on proposed rules under the Clean Air Act
- Worked with international governments to modernize mining laws and develop a model mining agreement
Brigham Young University, JD, magna cum laude, 2010
- Order of the Coif
- Award for Meritorious Contribution and Distinguished Service
- President, Natural Resources Law Society
- Law Review
- Moot Court
Brigham Young University, PhD 2004
- Rural and Community Sociology
- University Research Fellowship
- Full tuition scholarship
- Co-director, Tanzania Student Field Research Project
University of Utah, MSW, School of Social Work, 1996
University of Utah, BA, English Literature, 1991
Prior Professional Experience
- Holland & Hart, 2011-2016
- Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, Legal Fellow, 2010-2011
Admitted to Practice
- United States District Court, District of Utah
- District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals
Affiliations / Memberships
- Member, Utah State Bar, Litigation Section, Environmental Section
Professional and Civic Activities
As a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, Ms. Durrant conducted policy research on energy issues associated with the Clean Air Act, climate change legislation, unconventional fossil fuels, enhanced oil recovery, and carbon capture and sequestration funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She has also worked with large energy law firms in Houston and Kazakhstan, and she has held positions as adjunct faculty and a research fellow at Brigham Young University in the Women’s Research Institute, the Kennedy Center for International Studies, and the departments of Geography, Anthropology, and Social Work.
Ms. Durrant served as a high school teacher in the U.S. Peace Corps in Chad, Africa. She currently serves on the board of Empower Mali, an organization dedicated to building schools in rural Africa and helping communities achieve their development goals. She is fluent in French and German, and has learned Swahili and Ngambai.
Publications / Presentations
- Legal Basics of CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery, JOURNAL OF OIL AND GAS (March 2014).
- Preparing for the Flood: CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery, ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINERAL LAW FOUNDATION ANNUAL INSTITUTE (Summer 2013).
- State Control of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (2-part series), co-authored with Arnold Reitze,
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE (2011).
- Nine peer-reviewed publications on conservation, community, and sociological theory in national and
international journals (2003–2008).