People: Reno attorney Jim B. Butler earns top Chambers USA ranking

Jim B. Butler

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On May 20, Chambers USA released its 2021 rankings — in all, 28 Parsons Behle & Latimer attorneys were among the nation’s top attorneys. 
In Reno, Chambers specifically acknowledged attorney Jim B. Butler in its top tier Band 1 ranking in environment law. 

Chambers also recognized Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Nevada office in its top Band 1 ranking in Environment law.

“Jim is, without question, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in Nevada in the arena of environmental law,” Michael Kealy, Parsons Reno office managing shareholder, said in a May 20 statement. “This recognition comes as no surprise. For years, our clients have benefitted from Jim’s deep understanding and experience in mining and other environmental areas of law. We congratulate him for this well-deserved recognition.”

Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Butler worked for the Utah State Energy Office, the Utah State Planning Coordinator's Office, and, from 1981 to 1985, he served as a senior policy assistant to Utah Governor Scott M. Matheson for natural resources. He also previously served as a clerk to Judge Stephen H. Anderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Butler earned his B.A. from the University of Utah in 1977 and is J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1987. While in law school, he received an Edward Clyde Fellowship and a Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship and was elected to Order of the Coif. He also served as editor-in-chief for the Utah Law Review.

The annual Chambers rankings are one of the most highly regarded reference sources by general legal counsel and other purchasers of legal services. Go to to search the rankings.


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