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Melissa Reynolds


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

Melissa draws from her experience with government agencies to counsel clients on enforcement and compliance issues involving natural resources, with an emphasis on water quality and water rights.

Melissa works with a variety of clients to provide counsel on water quality and environmental compliance issues that may arise during project development, operation, and closure. Melissa also leverages her knowledge of key water legislation and state agencies to guide clients in obtaining, protecting, and using their water rights.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Melissa worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office: Natural Resources Division, where she acted as general counsel to the State Engineer, and developed a comprehensive understanding of Utah's water rights statutes. Melissa employs her first-hand knowledge of state statutes to provide excellent legal service to a variety of clients navigating complex water rights issues.

Clients navigating challenges associated with complex water rights, water quality, and other environmental compliance and enforcement issues will benefit from Melissa’s in-depth experience.


Water Rights
  • General adjudications
  • Title updates
  • Enforcement actions

Water Quality
  • NPDES/UPDES permitting
  • Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act permitting and compliance issues



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  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Up & Coming, 2021; Environmental, 2022

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • S.J. Quinney College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Pace Moot Court Team, 2019-Present
  • American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy & Resources, Case Summary Editor, 2018-present
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law, Young Alumni Association, Board Member, 2018-2019; Vice President, July 2019-June 2021; President, June 2021-present
  • Young Lawyers Division: Social Activities Committee, 2017-2019; Fit2Practice Committee, July 2019-present
  • Women Lawyers of Utah: Career Advancement Committee, 2016-present

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