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Denise A. Dragoo, Denise A.

Denise A. Dragoo

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 257-1998


  • Washington University School of Law, LL. M., Environmental and Land Use Law, 1977
  • University of Utah College of Law, J. D., 1976
  • University of Colorado, B. A., History, (With honors), 1973

Professional Experience

Denise Dragoo is an Equity Partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ms. Dragoo’s practice emphases are:  natural resources, coal law, water law, environmental law, mining law, public land law, administrative law and governmental relations.  Typical clients include mining companies, oil and gas companies, landowners, pipeline companies, developers, manufacturers and financial institutions.  Ms. Dragoo is a registered lobbyist in the State of Utah

Ms. Dragoo is a member of the Leadership Council for the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy & Resources (“SEER”), and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and is the Utah State Bar’s Trustee to the Foundation.  She is immediate past president of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute and on the Board of Directors of the National Mining Association and the Utah Mining Association.  Ms. Dragoo is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (Natural Resources Law).  She has also been recognized as a leader in her field of Energy & Natural Resources by Chambers USA 2012.  MOUNTAIN STATES SUPER LAWYERS (Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental.)

Ms. Dragoo is active in the community, having served as Board Member and Chair of the Legal Aid Society.  She has also served on the Salt Lake City Land Use Appeals Board and the Salt Lake City Futures Commission.  She is a member of the Utah Women’s Forum and past president of Women Lawyers of Utah.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Dragoo served as Special Assistant Utah Attorney General to the Utah Board and Division of Oil, Gas & Mining. Ms. Dragoo practices before the Board of Oil, Gas and Mining, the Utah State Engineer, the United States Department of the Interior, Board of Land Appeals and state and federal courts.  In November, 2009, she presented a paper on Reclamation Bonding for Coal Mines at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Mine Closure.  In September, 2009, she co-chaired the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Energy Development Access, Siting, Permitting, and Delivery on Public Lands and presented a paper on New NEPA Challenges.  In February, 2006, Ms. Dragoo co-chaired the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on “NEPA and Federal Land Development” and she chaired the Environmental Program for the 47th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she presented a paper on “What New With NEPA? (Even After 30 Years),” 47 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 22 (2001). In November, 2002, she presented a paper on “Compliance with Land Use Planning and NEPA Prior to Issuance of Federal Oil and Gas Leases,” RMMLF Special Institute on Regulation and Development of Coalbed Methane, Vol. 2002, No. 4, Paper 15A. She presented a paper in July, 2003, entitled “Federal Land Use Planning Primer Under FLPMA and NFMA”, 49 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 22 (2003), at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in San Diego, California.

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