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Murray Feldman

Partner

800 W. Main Street, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702

With more than 28 years of experience, Murray represents project developers and state and local governments in high-profile Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other environmental litigation, permitting, and counseling matters.

Murray advises clients on the major laws affecting natural resources and environmental matters, including the ESA, NEPA, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, National Forest Management Act, National Park Service Organic Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and other federal and state environmental programs.

Murray helps resolve permitting obstacles and defend project approvals and operations. He has worked on client projects and federal court cases throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Michigan, and Alabama, including mining and oil and gas operations; highway construction projects; water, natural gas, and petroleum products pipelines; water resource development infrastructure; industrial facilities; ranch operations; residential home, resort, and subdivision development; and outfitter and guide operations and facilities.

Murray served as a law clerk to Justice George Lohr of the Colorado Supreme Court. From 2001-2003, he headed Holland & Hart's firmwide environmental practice group, and from 2009-2012 he was the Boise office administrative partner. He chaired the firm's Partner Responsibility Committee from 2011-2016.

Client Results

  • Successfully defended in federal court, state court, and agency proceedings the environmental assessment and wetlands, water quality, lake protection, and other approvals for Idaho’s largest highway improvement project

  • Represented a state government, regional water supply entity, and private landowners in several federal district court and appellate court lawsuits on endangered species listing, critical habitat, incidental take permitting, and biological opinion issues concerning the polar bear, ribbon seal, Steller sea lion, beluga whale, bearded seal, ringed seal, Moapa dace, Snake River salmon, and Alabama beach mouse

  • Obtained the first-ever petitioned redesignation of critical habitat, for Snake River Chinook salmon, for Idaho’s all-time record gold-producing mine.

  • Lead counsel in a federal court case on the environmental analyses and overflight effects considerations for military airspace designations and training on and above over 3.2 million acres of public and private land in southwestern Idaho, as chronicled in the book Desert Wings: Controversy in the Idaho Desert (N. Nokkentved, 2001).

  • Lead counsel for landowners challenging the Department of Defense’s and Department of Transportation’s NEPA evaluation for military training activities in west Texas, which resulted in the first U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in over 20 years to set aside an agency’s environmental impact statement.

  • Successfully represented a group of ranchers and landowners in obtaining the withdrawal of the U.S. Air Force’s application to the FAA to establish a low-level, high-speed military training route for German Air Force training in West Texas and New Mexico.

  • Worked with a landowner and the Fish and Wildlife Service to permit the first-ever habitat conservation plan for the Great Lakes piping plover.

  • Worked before Congress to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to allow the continued permitting and operation of four Idaho backcountry lodges that were to be removed under a federal court order.

  • Represented clients in several groundwater contamination, remediation, and cost recovery cases.

  • Represented clients at the administrative level before the FAA, Environmental Protection Agency, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Transportation Board, the Interior Board of Land Appeals, and the United States Forest Service.

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Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Environmental – Boise, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Lawyer of the Year, Environmental Law – Boise, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, 2001-2018
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Environmental Litigation, 2007-2017
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Natural Resources & Environment, 2006-2017
    • Murray's clients have (anonymously) reported the following about him in Chambers USA:

"The depth of his knowledge is a real comfort to our organization." 

“Really top notch for EPA and endangered species work.”

“He is encyclopedic—you take a complex issue to him, and 20 minutes later you will receive an incredibly detailed response.”

He has an “encyclopedic knowledge of environmental law,” and “because of his knowledge base, he is able to reply to questions quicker than almost any other attorney.”

He has a “steady dedication over the years” to environmental law and public land matters.

  • U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, Certificate of Appreciation, for efforts as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network, 2014
  • Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law, 2014
  • East Boise Youth Baseball & Softball, 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee (for dedication and service to youth of East Boise)
  • Celebrating Natural Resources Award (for contributions to inter-disciplinary natural resource management), University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, 2004
  • Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, 1992

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Idaho Humanities Council, Vice Chair and Board Member
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Member
  • East Boise Little League, Past President, 2007-2008
  • Idaho State Bar, Environment and Natural Resources Law Section, Council Member, 2017-2018; Past Chair, 2008
  • University of Idaho College of Natural Resources Alumni Board of Trustees, Former President, 2004-2006

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