JONES WALDOAdministrative Advocacy

Jones Waldo’s Administrative Advocacy Practice Group has a long history of representing clients before a wide variety local, state and federal administrative agencies and before the appellate agencies and courts that review the decisions of those agencies.

At the federal level, Jones Waldo attorneys have broad experience with many key federal agencies that affect business operations and individual rights and obligations. Typical representation has involved practice before such federal agencies as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In particular, Jones Waldo provides comprehensive representation of clients in the areas of energy and environmental law that involve issues under both federal and state regulatory agency jurisdiction: environmental matters, including air quality, water quality and solid waste disposal; water rights; hydroelectric licensing; and rate and tariff matters, project certification, and economic and planning regulation for public utilities, pipeline and electric transmission companies.

State administrative agencies are found in all aspects of individual and business experiences. Jones Waldo lawyers have a breadth of experience in nearly all Utah administrative agencies that determine the rights, obligations, entitlements and operating boundaries of the State’s individual and corporate citizens. This experience spans practice from alcohol beverage control to employment-related matters to public utility regulation and all the agencies in between, as shown in the list below. If you or your business enterprise has an issue to be resolved with state regulatory agencies, Jones Waldo lawyers can draw on long and varied experience to assist in representing you before those agencies.

Similarly, cities and counties have regulatory hurdles that Jones Waldo lawyers can help clients to navigate. Matters that typically arise at the local level are those that come before planning and zoning commissions of the cities and counties throughout Utah, as well as water-rights dedication requirements for major new developments. Also arising at the county level are issues that involve property taxation (ad valorem taxes)–for both real and personal property.

Finally, Jones Waldo has vast experience related to the appeal processes that often must be pursued when a regulatory or administrative agency has taken action adverse to a client’s interests. Most often, this involves an appeal to the Utah Supreme Court or Utah Court of Appeals, but issues that arise before the federal agencies are generally appealed to the U.S. Courts of Appeals, where Jones Waldo lawyers have extensive experience. Also, some agency actions are first appealed to another agency, as in the case of certain county tax decisions.