Megan J. Houdeshel

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EDUCATION
  • 2009, J.D., University of Utah, Editor-In-Chief; Journal of Land Resources and Environmental Law, William H. Leary Scholar

  • 2002, University of Utah, B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Anthropology, magna cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • 2009Utah

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • American Bar Association

  • Utah Bar Association - ENREL section

  • Environmental Section Chair, Utah Energy and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section, Utah State Bar

CLERKSHIPS
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Justice Jill N. Parrish, Utah Supreme Court

Megan J. Houdeshel

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Megan J. Houdeshel is a member of Parr Brown’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law team. She works with clients to assist them through the environmental permitting process and defends clients in enforcement proceedings before the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. Along with Parr Brown’s environmental litigation team, Ms. Houdeshel defends her clients’ environmental permits in agency adjudications and on appeal before Utah’s appellate courts.  She actively represents mining, petroleum, chemical, energy, and public utility interests throughout the western United States and Canada. 

As part of her regulatory compliance practice, Ms. Houdeshel also assists clients with environmental aspects of real property and mining transactions, including brownfields redevelopment, and public lands leasing transactions.  She counsels clients on a number of environmental compliance matters, including compliance with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Ms. Houdeshel earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law with high honors, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Land Resources and Environmental Law and received the Wallace Stegner Center Certificate in Natural Resources & Environmental Law. She has since returned to her alma mater to teach an Environmental Practice class as an adjunct Environmental Law Professor.  Ms. Houdeshel also currently serves as the Environmental Section Chair for the Utah Energy and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar.

Prior to Parr Brown, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice Jill N. Parrish of the Utah State Supreme Court.  Megan has been recognized in the 2013-2018 Mountain States Super Lawyers for her work in Environmental Law.  She has been recognized by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for 2017-2018.  Ms. Houdeshel has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for her work in Environmental Law for 2017-2019.

As a former river guide, Ms. Houdeshel seeks any opportunity she can to get back on the water.

Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, May 25, 2011.
  • 29 J. Land, Resources, & Envtl. L. 219
  • Land Trust Alliance National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2008
  • Land of Trust Alliance National Conference, Park City, UT, May 2008
  • Utah State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Continuing Legal Education, April 2008
  • Utah Bar Journal Volume 26 No. 3, 18-23, May/June 2013. Co-authored by James A. Holtkamp, Steven J. Christiansen, and Megan J. Houdeshel
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Publications & Speaking Engagements:
  • World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, May 25, 2011.
  • 29 J. Land, Resources, & Envtl. L. 219
  • Land Trust Alliance National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2008
  • Land of Trust Alliance National Conference, Park City, UT, May 2008
  • Utah State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Continuing Legal Education, April 2008
  • Utah Bar Journal Volume 26 No. 3, 18-23, May/June 2013. Co-authored by James A. Holtkamp, Steven J. Christiansen, and Megan J. Houdeshel

Distinctions

Parr Brown is consistently recognized by peers and clients for its sophisticated legal work.