SALT LAKE CITY (April 4, 2018) – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that attorney John W. Andrews, former chief legal counsel and associate director for the State of Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), has joined the Salt Lake City office as counsel in the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group.

Andrews brings to Snell & Wilmer more than 30 years of experience in public lands, real estate, minerals and Native American law issues. He is recognized for his work in real estate issues involving federal public lands, particularly federal land exchanges and dispositions.

During his 20 years at SITLA, Andrews directed federal legislative efforts to acquire hundreds of thousands of acres of mineral lands for Utah’s state school trust, while also providing legal representation in areas as diverse as renewable energy leasing, real estate entitlement and development, coal, hardrock mineral oil and gas leasing, eminent domain matters, environmental regulation, mineral royalty disputes, federal land planning, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) matters and negotiations with Indian tribes. Prior to SITLA, Andrews was a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy.

Andrews currently serves on the Royalty Policy Committee for the U.S. Department of the Interior where he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in 2017. In his committee role, Andrews advises on policy and strategies to improve management of federal and American Indian mineral revenue programs. Andrews is also trustee-at-large for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, whose mission is to advance the understanding of law and issues of mineral, energy and water resources.

Andrews has been recognized as a 2018 Utah Legal Elite in the Government Lawyers category by Utah Business magazine. He earned his J.D. from The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and his B.A. from Colby College.

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