Calvin R. Winder



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Calvin R. Winder is an attorney with Ray Quinney & Nebeker, practicing in the Natural Resources, Water, Environmental and Local Government Law; Real Estate Transactions and Litigation; and Litigation sections.  Born and raised on a farm in northern Nevada, Mr. Winder’s roots are firmly planted in the land and natural resources of the West and its lifeblood – water.  He has stayed true to those roots, whether it is in the saddle or focusing his legal practice on the agriculture, mining, energy, and utility industries, Mr. Winder continues to ride for the brand.

Whenever a transaction is involved, government permitting and compliance, or litigation, Mr. Winder understands these industries’ needs.  He has the vision to see the big picture and the experience to assist his clients in achieving their objectives.

Mr. Winder is certified in Utah’s Water Rights Regulations by the Rural Water Association of Utah & Utah Division of Water Rights.  His experience includes, land and business transactions, water law, environmental laws and regulations, and litigation.  He has worked on numerous transactions involving access and agricultural easements, service agreements, supply agreements, contract feeding agreements, access agreements, farm and grazing leases, hunting licenses, water permitting, tower leases, mineral leases, and surface use and damage agreements.

Mr. Winder has extensive litigation experience, having zealously represented clients in matters involving the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Constitutional and Indian law, as well as general contract, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret, and other claims.

Beginning with his time serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Mr. Winder has developed significant appellate experience before both state and federal appellate courts, including arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Winder was selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2016-2017) as a Rising Star.


  • Represented plant and soil nutrition company and its founder in breach of contract and related claims brought by former consultant seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented ski area against constitutional claims (based on federal land use) seeking to force it to abandon its successful skiing-only business model and allow snowboarding.
  • Represented a Utah county regarding Indian law issues in ongoing civil litigation regarding the interplay between federal, state, and tribal jurisdiction in the Uintah Basin of eastern Utah.
  • Represented a utility company in matters involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
  • Represented central Utah ranch in lawsuit brought by former H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker alleging violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003 and bringing claims for breach of contract, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Represented eastern Nevada farm in drafting agricultural lease and option agreement, and advised concerning land transaction issues.

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Duke University School of Law , J.D., L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law, 2012

  • Cum Laude
  • Duke Law Journal, Research Editor/Staff Editor

Brigham Young University, B.A., Economics, 2009

  • Magna Cum Laude

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Member, American Agricultural Law Association

Prior Professional Experience

  • Land & Government Affairs Manager, Farmland Reserve, Inc., August 2017 - March 2019
  • Clerkship, The Honorable Jay S. Bybee, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, July 2012 - August 2013

Professional and Civic Activity

  • Water Rights Certification, Rural Water Association of Utah & Utah Division of Water Rights

Publications / Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, Canal Company Liability Issues/Truckee Canal Failure, The 2014 Utah Water Users Workshop, March 17-19, 2014, St. George, Utah

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Admitted to Practice -  

Utah State Bar, 2012
United States District Court, District of Utah, 2012
State Bar of Nevada, 2013
United States District Court, District of Nevada, 2013
State Bar of California, 2014
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2014
United States District Court, Southern District of California, 2014