Michael A. Zody

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Michael A.Zody
Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Area Chair
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6818

Mike Zody is the chair of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources practice groups. He is also a member of the Litigation, Trials and Appeals and Employment and Labor practice groups.

Environmental Practice:

With more than 25 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 criminal enforcement matters, NEPA cases, 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, OSHA and MSHA. Mr. Zody has developed a specialty in whistleblower and retaliation cases. He also handles internal investigations and 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



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

Purdue University, (B.A., 1987)


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

Best Lawyers in America 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor Law - Management, Salt Lake City



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


Member, Board of Directors, Voices for Utah Children - 2018-present

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


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


Indiana University, Maurer School of Law