William B. Prince
PEOPLE

William B. Prince

Partner
prince.william@dorsey.com

Overview

BILL BRINGS TO EACH CLIENT THE VISION AND EXPERIENCE TO HELP NAVIGATE ALL ASPECTS OF NATURAL RESOURCES ACQUISITION, SALE, DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING TRANSACTIONS.

Bill has more than 30 years of experience helping companies with all aspects of natural resource development, including mining and oil and gas transactions, mineral acquisition, permitting, environmental compliance, and financing.

His practice includes domestic and international mining transactions, technical and legal due diligence, natural resources-related environmental and compliance matters, permitting, development and use rights for Federal, Indian and state lands, public lands issues, and natural resources and environmental litigation and administrative hearings.

Education & Admissions

Brigham Young University (B.S., 1973)

University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1978)

Admissions

  • Wyoming
  • Utah

Languages

  • Spanish

Experience

Representative Transactions

  • Representation of major coal company in a $1.4 billion acquisition of ARCO Coal Company
  • Advised Canadian company in the purchase of mine and related ore milling facilities located in Nevada
  • Representation of major coal company in a $45 million sale of Wyoming coal property
  • Representation of major coal company in CTL property transaction, Powder River Basin
  • Advised a Canadian-owned company in negotiating an exploration and option agreement concerning the exploration and joint development of a nickel-copper-platinum project
  • Acted as Western legal counsel to a major coal company on a series of financing transactions, including amendments to a senior secured credit facility and a $300 million senior secured term loan facility
  • Representation of Canadian uranium producer in multiple Wyoming and Utah property acquisitions

News & Resources

Articles

Court Finds Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Bring Climate Change Claims
"Joint Development of Coal and Coalbed Methane," 48 Rocky Mt. Mineral L. Fdn: 19-1
Contributor, International Environmental Auditing, Government Institutes
"Developing an Environmental Model: Piecing Together the Growing Diversity of International Environmental Standards and Agendas Affecting Mining Companies," Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Volume 7, Number 2
Environmental Land Use Permits and Approvals Manual, Utah State Bar

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Salt Lake City
Seventeen Dorsey Attorneys Named to Utah ‘Legal Elite’
11 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2018 Lawyers of the Year
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Names Dorsey Partner William Prince Next President-Elect
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Sixteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah Legal Elite
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Wins 2016 Turnaround Atlas Award for Judicial Restructuring of the Year
Dorsey Wins 8th Annual International M&A Award
Fifteen Dorsey Attorneys Named Utah ‘Legal Elite’
Dorsey Wins 10th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
Dorsey Wins 14th Annual M&A Advisor Award for Real Estate Deal of the Year
10 Dorsey Lawyers in Salt Lake City Selected for Inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" 2016 and "Best Lawyers of the Year"
Super Lawyers Recognizes 11 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Salt Lake City
97 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 and 2015 Lawyers of the Year
Super Lawyers Recognizes 12 Dorsey Attorneys in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Salt Lake City
Chambers USA 2014 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices

Select Presentations

  • “Acquisition and Exercise of Mineral Rights on Federal Lands,” Mining Law Short Course, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Denver CO, November 2014
  • "Joint Development of Coal and Coalbed Methane" Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Special Institute, Denver CO, November, 2002
  • "Joint Development of Coal and Coalbed Methane" Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 48th Annual Meeting, Lake Tahoe, NV July 2002
  • "Mine Financing: Traditional Approaches, Trends, and Developments," NMA Annual Mining Lawyers Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 1998
  • "New Mining Codes and Related Environmental Laws: Latin America, Africa and the Far East," SONREEL 4th Annual Fall Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, October, 1996
  • "Development of International Environmental Regulatory Standards and Agendas Affecting Resource Projects," Inter-American Bar Conference XXXII, Quito, Ecuador, November 1995
  • "Developing an Environmental Regulatory Model—Piecing Together the Growing Diversity of International Environmental Standards and Agendas," International Resources Law II: A Blueprint for Mineral Development, Denver, Colorado, February 1995

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Utah State Bar - Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (Chairman, 1986-1987; Lawyer of the Year Award 1993)
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Chair, Special Institutes Committee 2010-2014; Trustee 2004-2007, 2013-2014, Board of Directors 2014-2018, President 2018-2019)
  • American Bar Association - Hard Minerals Committee, Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (Chairman 1992-93, 1993-94; Vice-Chairman 1991-92, 1994-95, 1995-96; Chairman, Annual Conference on Developments and Trends in Public Land Law 1993, 1994)
  • International Mining Professionals Society, Co-Founder and Executive Committee
  • American Exploration & Mining Association (formerly Northwest Mining Association, Trustee 1998-2000)
  • U.S./Mexico Environmental Business Committee, Board of Directors (1993-1996)
  • Utah Mining Association, Environmental and Public Lands Committees

Accolades

Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Top Ranked - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Top Ranked - Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual

William B. Prince - Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year 2011 - Natural Resources Law, Salt Lake City

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Salt Lake City Natural Resources Law by Best Lawyers, 2018 
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Salt Lake City Oil & Gas Law by Best Lawyers, 2011 and 2015
  • Named one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA (Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries), 2010-2018 (Band 1)
  • Listed as a Salt Lake City Super Lawyer, 2008-2018
  • Listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2008-2018
  • Listed in Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite (Energy/Natural Resources), 2008 and 2016-2018
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2006-2019
William B. Prince