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Negotiating Natural Resource Agreements

James M. King

Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Adjunct Professor

J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1976, Order of the Coif
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1970, with special honors

James M. King, a retired partner of Baker & Hostetler LLP, has extensive experience serving mining exploration and operating companies in transactional and administrative matters relating to acquisitions, leases, sales, joint ventures and limited liability companies. He also has extensive experience with commercial and agricultural real estate transactions.

Mr. King handled construction contracts, loan documents, title and contract litigation, public land acquisitions, exchanges and use authorizations for both natural resources and real estate clients. He has represented mine owners on major mine construction contracts, some involving multi-billion dollar projects.

Mr. King’s practice concentrated on all aspects of public land law and mining law, including transactional work related to a wide variety of contractual relationships involving numerous types of minerals.

Mr. King’s practice also involved litigation before several administrative tribunals and state and federal courts. These cases concerned the rights of mining claimants and other citizens to use of the public lands, disputes related to mining agreements, and the rights of conflicting claimants to mining property, other rights in real property and water rights, and zoning, land use and subdivision issues.

While in law school, Mr. King worked as a law clerk for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He has since served on numerous Foundation committees, including the Board of Directors. He was the 2004-05 President of the Foundation and is now a lifetime trustee. He has written several papers and articles on selected areas of mining law, public land law and mineral contracting, including “Risk Allocation in Consulting and Mine Construction Contracts,” presented at the Foundation’s 37th Annual Institute. He is also co-chair of the Title Standards Committee of the Colorado Bar Association.