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Amanda Smith

Of Counsel

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Clients benefit from Amanda’s 20 years of experience with state and federal government and her ability to find common ground between government, private industries, land owners, and environmental groups on many complex issues.

Experienced Environmental Advisor: With a sophisticated understanding of how government agencies operate and enforce environmental laws, Amanda counsels clients on how to operate in compliance with the complex maze of state and federal environmental laws and policies.

Advice on Complex Regulation: Amanda’s experience includes her recent tenure as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ). She led UDEQ in implementing state and federal environmental laws, working proactively with individuals, community groups, and industry.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Amanda served as the Energy Policy Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert where she developed the Utah Energy Initiative, a 10-year strategic energy plan. She also served as a key advisor to former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. in her role as Legislative Director and Rural Advisor. Prior to that, she was the Government Relations Director for the Nature Conservancy of Utah.

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Environmental Compliance Law

Clients engage Amanda for assistance navigating the ever-changing state and federal regulation landscape:

  • Air quality
  • Water quality
  • Waste management
  • Contaminated Property
Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law

Amanda draws on her experience in the government sector to counsel clients on a variety of natural resource matters:

  • Permitting procedure
  • Regulatory compliance

Client Results

Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
  • Finalization of Utah’s State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) to reduce PM 2.5 emissions and bring fine particulate levels below the standard level.

  • Directed efforts to secure successful passage of Utah legislation creating new procedures for administrative appeals of environmental permits and licenses, division structure, and regulatory board authority.

  • Successful representation of clients through rulemaking and permitting process.



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • The Best Lawyers in America© Environmental Law, 2018-2019; Litigation-Environmental, 2019
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Environmental, 2017, 2018
  • Utah State Bar Energy, Natural Resource & Environmental Law Section, Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • Governor’s Science and Technology Medal, 2011

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Utah Manufacturers Association, Board Member
  • Utah Mining Association, Board Member
  • Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), Founder and Member
  • GREENBike, Board Member
  • Utah State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member 
  • Utah Air Quality Board, Member, 2009-2015 
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Board, Member, 2009-2015
  • Water Quality Board, Member, 2009-2015
  • Radiation Control Board, Member, 2009-2015 
  • Drinking Water Board, Member, 2009-2015
  • Utah State Water Task Force, Member, 2012-2015 
  • State Institutional Trust Lands, Board of Trustees, Member, 2008-2009 
  • Resource Advisory Council, Bureau of Land Management, Member, 1999-2006

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