Nora R. Pincus

Nora R. Pincus




Nora is nationally recognized for her experience guiding mining, oil and gas, renewable energy and agricultural companies through complicated transactions. Her practice focuses on representing clients in high value asset transactions, financings and project development/build-out. 

Nora is a trusted advisor to general counsels, C-suite executives and boards of directors of large and small companies, providing practical, business-focused advice on a range of strategic, regulatory and operational matters.  

Nora has substantial experience managing multi-disciplinary teams in major M&A transactions from due diligence to closing. Nora is an expert on the public land laws of the United States, working in tandem with regulatory and commercial teams in facilitating environmentally responsible development on public lands. Nora also helps clients in the ranching and agricultural sectors reach their commercial and conservation goals.  

Nora’s clients include domestic and international mining and energy companies, renewable energy developers, multinational agricultural corporations, national banks and private equity funds.


Education & Admissions

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2008),

  • Order of St. Ives (recognizing top 10% of graduating class)
  • University of Denver Water Law Review, Articles Editor (2006-2008)
  • Scholastic Excellence Award (recognizing highest grade in class): Torts I, Civil Procedure, Water Law, Administrative Law, Federal Indian Law, Labor Law, Corporations, Oil and Gas

University of Utah (B.A., History, 2004),

  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society


  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • Wyoming


  • Conversational Spanish


  • Colorado Supreme Court, Justice Alex J. Martinez, 2008-2009


Representative Transactions

  • Lead U.S. counsel to Barrick Gold Corporation in formation of Nevada Gold Mines LLC, a $12B joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation
  • Counseled Navajo Transitional Energy Company in the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Cloud Peak Energy in Section 363 Bankruptcy Sale
  • Represented various precious metal producers on streaming royalty transactions and commodity hedge agreements 
  • Represented a tax equity investor in multiple utility-scale renewable energy projects
  • Advised clients on the intersection between environmental liability transfer, bonding and traditional financing
  • Represented Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in structuring brownfield redevelopment of Gilt Edge Mine
  • Represented Navajo Transitional Energy Company in structuring simultaneous settlement of litigation, purchase of power plant, refinancing and renegotiation of fuel supply agreement
  • Advised clients on corporate governance, internal compliance, risk management and related best practices
  • Represented a utility-scale solar development company in structuring process for acquisition and redevelopment of brownfield properties
  • Represented Barrick Gold Corporation in acquisition of Robertson Project from Coral Gold Resources
  • Represented Rio Tinto in divestiture of domestic uranium assets
  • Represented Sinclair Oil Company on acquisitions and divestitures, joint operations and multiple field development projects
  • Represented numerous mining companies in commercial contracting and ethical supply chain matters
  • Represented Barrick Gold Corporation and Nevada Gold Mines in various toll milling and metals sales agreements
  • Represented Barrick Gold Corporation in Option and Earn-in agreement for McCoy Cove exploration project
  • Represented Goldman Sachs & Company in financing of Altamont Resource’s acquisition of asset package from LINN Energy
  • Represented Chinese agricultural holding company in acquisition of multiple ranch properties in the Western United States
  • Represented a precious metals company in EPC/EPCM contracting for development project in Zacatecas State
  • Represented major American educational endowment fund in acquisition of ranches and water rights in Southwestern Colorado and California
  • Represented Barrick Gold Corporation in private placement investment in Midas Gold
  • Represented Trafigura Commodities Corp. in connection with commodity sales, hedge and offtake agreements
  • Represented Nebari Holdings in debt/equity investments in various mining projects
  • Represented Deutsche Bank in acquisition financing for various mining and energy projects  

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Due Diligence in Mining Mergers and Acquisitions, AAPL Mining and Land Resources Institute (March 2020)
  • Client Development and Maintenance in the Natural Resources Industries; Special Institute for Young Natural Resources Lawyers and Landmen (March 2020), Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Land and Title Due Diligence in Mining Transactions; Special Institute on Due Diligence in Mining and Oil and Gas Transactions (September 2018), Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation 
  • Distressed Oil and Gas Asset Sales in Bankruptcy: A Primer on the Process for Counsel to Creditors; American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (October 2016)
  • Energy Development on Tribal Lands: The Endangered Species Act and Tribal Sovereignty; American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources 2016 Spring Conference
  • Energy Hot Topics on Public Lands at the End of the Obama Era; Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (May 2016) (with Rebecca Watson)
  • Oil and Gas Engineering and Construction Contracts; Special Institute on Oil and Gas Contracting; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (April 2018) (with Daniel Frost)
  • Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Supply Protection: Federal Regulatory Developments; Special Institute on the Water-Energy Nexus: Acquisition, Use and Disposal of Water for Energy and Mineral Development; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (September 2012) (with Rebecca Watson)
  • Natural Resource Legal Issues for Non-Natural Resource Practitioners: An Introduction to Basic Principles and Commonly Encountered Issues; 2011 Colorado Women’s Bar Association Convention

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Sustainability

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Trustee, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Board of Directors, Anti-Bullying Coalition, d/b/a Stand 4 Kindness
  • Public Lands Section Chair, 66th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute
  • Program Committee, Special Institute on Oil, Gas and Mine Finance, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Program Co-Chair, Special Institute on Advanced Public Lands (Jan. 2017), Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Past Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Oil and Gas Committee
  • Chair, 2015 American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Rocky Mountain Land Institute
  • American Exploration Mining Association


  • Lawyer of the Year, Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the Utah State Bar, 2019
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Star; Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate and Land Use, 2015-2019
  • Utah Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine; Energy and Natural Resources, 2018-2020
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star; Energy and Natural Resources, 2014
Nora R. Pincus