Richard K. Rathbun 


Office: 801-961-1300

460 S. 400 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111




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Richard K. Rathbun joined the firm in October 2013 after 23 years of public service as a Utah Assistant Attorney General, serving in that office’s Environment, Natural Resources (Public Lands) and Litigation Divisions. Before moving to Utah in 1988, he worked as a litigation associate with firms in New Orleans (Lemle & Kelleher) and Denver (Hall & Evans), and as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado’s Sixth Judicial District, based in Durango.

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Administrative Proceedings 

University of Arkansas
Juris Doctor, 1979
Staff member, Arkansas Law Review
Am Jur book award, Criminal Law

Tulane University
Bachelor of Arts, English, 1973

Utah State Bar, 1988
United States District Court for the District of Utah, 1988
Louisiana State Bar, 1979 – inactive but in good standing
Colorado State Bar, 1984 – inactive but in good standing
Past Chairman of the Utah State Bar’s Energy Natural Resources and Environmental Law (ENREL) Section (2007-08). Recipient of the ENREL Section’s Distinguished Service Award, 2009.
Special Assistant United States Attorney, District of Utah, 1995-2005. Recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (Environmental Crimes Prosecutions – awarded in Washington, D.C., 1999).
Mountain States Super Lawyers 2008 (Energy and Natural Resources Law).
Utah Business Magazine “Legal Elite” 2010 (Government Law).