SALT LAKE CITY (September 6, 2022) – Governor Spencer J. Cox has appointed Judge Blaine Rawson to the Second District Court. This is a position created by the retirement of Justice David R. Hamilton. Governor appointments are subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.
“Blaine Rawson brings a wealth of experience and is highly regarded by his peers in the legal community,” Governor Cox said. “We are thrilled that he is ready and willing to serve the people of Utah in this new way.”
Rawson has practiced commercial litigation, environmental and natural resources law since 1995 in various local and regional firms, including Fabian VanCott, Holme Roberts & Owen and Ray, Quinney & Nebeker. He has developed expertise in environmental litigation, including Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA, FIFRA and Clean Water Act litigation, as well as related state matters such as groundwater, underground storage tanks and state air quality legislation.
Rawson has represented energy and natural resource companies in matters relating to federal and state authorizations, as well as litigation and enforcement related to crude oil and natural gas pipelines, coal-fired power plants, synthetic fuels facilities (including biogas and oil sands), hard rock mines and natural gas processing facilities. He has also practiced in many areas of commercial litigation before federal and state courts related to Indian law, underground storage tank leaks, power generation, regulated utilities, oil and gas production , transportation, refining, mining development and other business ventures. Rawson has published articles regarding Clean Air Act issues, underground storage tank regulation, water rights, “deference” to agency decision-making, injunction in environmental cases, and EPA’s “overfill” authority.
“I am grateful and honored to be appointed by Governor Cox as a judge of the Second District Court,” Rawson said. “I appreciate the important duties and responsibilities inherent in this judicial appointment and, if confirmed, I will work diligently to apply the law impartially, fairly and faithfully in carrying out these duties and responsibilities.”
Rawson has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America©, Mountain States Super Lawyers and Utah’s “Legal Elite” for his expertise in environmental litigation. The Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Utah recognized him as the section’s 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”. ‘Order of the Cap from SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree. from the University of Utah and an associate degree from Ricks College.