Jensen, Lawrence J.

Larry Jensen is a consulting attorney with the firm. Having served for 18 years in top legal and policy positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he is uniquely qualified to advise clients about the complex public land, Indian trust land, and environmental law issues associated with the development of energy, water and other natural resources.

At Interior, Larry served at various times as the chief legal counsel to the Bureaus of Land Management, Reclamation, and Indian Affairs, and to the Minerals Management Service (now the Bureaus of Ocean Energy Management and Safety and Environmental Enforcement). He also served for three years as the Deputy Solicitor, with responsibility for overseeing the work of 250 Departmental attorneys. Larry was lead counsel for Interior in the largest class action ever brought against the federal government, which involved the management of Indian trust monies, and in 2008 he had conferred on him the rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service by President George W. Bush for his outstanding work on the case.

At EPA, Larry served as General Counsel, with responsibility for all of the Agency's legal issues, and as Assistant Administrator for Water, with responsibility for implementing the nation's Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act programs.

Larry also has 10 years of experience in the private sector working on public land and environmental law issues as a partner in the law firm of Holland & Hart.

Larry began his career as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Representative Matters
  • Given its significant experience related to the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, Brownstein was selected to provide strategic direction to a major national nonprofit foundation regarding the proposed determination of whether the African lion is an endangered species as defined by the Endangered Species Act.

  • Represent one of the largest water districts in the State of Arizona in connection with the NEPA review of a coal-fire powered plant.

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  • J.D., 1976, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.A., 1973, University of Utah
  • 1967-1969, Yale University
  • District of Columbia
  • Utah
Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service