Marie Bradshaw Durrant assists clients with environmental compliance on both the state and federal level. She has represented clients in legal challenges to 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 also 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 has been voted by her peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2018).
- Lead legal advisor to two national communications associations’ for FCC rulemaking on siting regulations for wireless infrastructure
- Counsel for major power company on compliance issues and environmental litigation in federal courts
- Represent industrial clients before EPA at the regional and national level regarding EPA inspection and enforcement actions
- 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
- 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
- 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
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
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).