Megan J. Houdeshel

Megan J. Houdeshel




Megan represents mining and industrial clients in environmental permitting, compliance, and project development. With a practice focused on the Clean Air Act, she assists clients through complex air permitting, and when necessary, defends clients in enforcement proceedings before the State Departments of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and in state and federal court. Megan actively represents mining, petroleum, chemical, energy, and public utility interests throughout the western United States and Canada.

As part of her regulatory compliance practice, Megan also assists clients with environmental aspects of real property and mining transactions including brownfields redevelopment and public lands leasing transactions. She has experience with a number of environmental compliance matters including compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Education & Admissions

University of Utah (J.D., 2009), Editor-In-Chief; Journal of Land Resources and Environmental Law, William H. Leary Scholar

University of Utah (B.A., Political Science; B.A., Anthropology, 2002), magna cum laude


  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. District Court of Utah
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Utah Supreme Court, Justice Jill N. Parrish


Representative Work

  • Successfully defended Clean Air Act permit at the Utah Supreme Court
  • Assisted developers with Enforceable Written Assurance and Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser protections 
  • Negotiated private mining leases in Wyoming 

News & Resources


On the Record Review: Efficiency for Environmental Permit Appeals in Utah and Other Recent Developments at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Utah Bar Journal Volume 26 No. 3, 18-23. Co-authored by James A. Holtkamp, Steven J. Christiansen, and Megan J. Houdeshel.

News & Press Mentions

Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Environmental and Natural Resources Attorney Megan Houdeshel Joins Dorsey in Salt Lake City

Select Presentations

  • Can Green Stormwater Infrastructure Coexist in the Western Legal Landscape of Prior Appropriation Law? World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, May 25, 2011
  • Condemnation of Conservation Easements Land Trust Alliance National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2008
  • Condemnation of Conservation Easements Land of Trust Alliance National Conference, Park City, UT, May 2008
  • In Perpetuity: The Future of Conservation Easements Utah State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Continuing Legal Education, April 2008

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Association
  • Utah Bar Association - ENREL section
  • Environmental Section Chair, Utah Energy and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section, Utah State Bar


Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries), 2019
  • Listed in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Utah Legal Elite for Environmental Law and litigation
Megan J. Houdeshel