Michael A. Zody

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Michael A.Zody
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Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6818

Mike Zody is a member of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Environmental and Natural Resources, Litigation, and Employment Law practice groups.

Environmental Practice:

Mr. Zody is the chair of the firm's Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation practice group. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Zody’s environmental practice spans the full range of environmental and natural resources litigation and covers state and local administrative proceedings, federal administrative proceedings, and state and federal court actions. Mr. Zody’s practice focuses on defending civil and criminal enforcement actions, toxic tort defense, environmental property damage litigation, citizens’ suits, permit defense actions, administrative agency litigation, and other aspects of environmental litigation. His recent areas of focus have included complex Clean Air Act litigation and defense of permit appeals, defense of several complex environmental crimes matters, defending NEPA challenges, multiple rulemaking and permit challenge hearings before administrative agencies, and defending IBLA appeals. His practice also includes EPA rulemaking challenges in the federal circuit courts of appeal, including the D.C. Circuit where he is admitted and has argued.

Employment Practice:

Mr. Zody’s employment practice focuses on litigation and defense of employers in lawsuits before administrative agencies and state and federal courts. His areas of practice include ADA, ADEA, Title VII, employment contracts (including non-compete clauses) and OSHA/MSHA. Mr. Zody has also developed a specialty in whistleblower and retaliation cases, including environmental and Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower cases. His employment litigation practice includes numerous individual cases litigated, as well as involvement in multi-plaintiff matters. He also handles internal investigations, both privileged investigations and non-privileged, independent investigations.

Mr. Zody has been heavily involved in the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Utah State Bar, serving in every position and ultimately holding the title of chair of the Section for 1999 - 2000.

Mr. Zody is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

Practice Areas

Accomplishments

Academic

Indiana University (J.D., cum laude, 1990)

Purdue University, (B.A., 1987)


Professional

United Way of Salt Lake 2010 Young Leaders Member of the Year

Extensive Pro Bono work, past Salt Lake County Bar

Association Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

2007 Child Advocate of the Year,
awarded by Voices for Utah Children

2008 Outstanding Domestic Violence Service Partner,
awarded by Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake

Listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA


Associations

Professional

American Bar Association,
Environment, Energy and Resources, and Litigation Sections
Member


Community

United Way of Salt Lake
  Board of Directors, Past Member
  Impact Council, Past Co-Chair
  Public Policy Committee, Past Chair
  Young Leaders, Past Chair


Licensed/Admitted

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
Utah
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Utah

Education

Indiana University, Maurer School of Law