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International Mining Law & Policy

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Paul J. Schlauch

Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Adjunct Professor

University of Virginia (LL.B., 1966)
Order of the Coif
Raven Society
Managing Editor, Virginia Law Review
Colgate University (A.B., Chemistry, cum laude, 1963)
Phi Beta Kappa

Mr. Schlauch has more than 35 years experience in legal issues relating to the mining industry. His practice has included counseling regarding operational and regulatory matters and representing clients in a wide array of transactions and in litigation and arbitration. Mr. Schlauch has assisted in the structuring and negotiation of hundreds of transactions, including joint ventures, limited liability companies, leases, royalty transfers, mineral property purchases and sales, ore sales agreements, cooperative operating agreements, and corporate acquisitions and mergers. He has worked extensively on public land law issues including matters relating to the location, maintenance and patenting of mining and mill site claims, land exchanges, the acquisition of various property use rights, and the resolution of claim conflicts.

In 2005, 2006, and 2007 the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers named Mr. Schlauch as “the World’s leading mining lawyer,” pointing in particular to his work on international transactions. In 2007, Mr. Schlauch was also honored as one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States by Law Dragon.

Mr. Schlauch has been active in natural resource industry professional organizations. He is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a past President of the International Mining Professionals Society. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the mining industry and is the author of numerous articles on industry issues. He also holds an appointment as an Honorary Lecturer and Course Director on the Faculty of the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Minerals Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.