The mining attorneys at Day Carter & Murphy LLP have represented mining companies, investors, and government agencies in connection with over 100 mine sites. Our attorneys have handled mineral title, transactional, leasing, permitting, regulatory compliance, and litigation matters from purchase to final reclamation and everything in-between for aggregate, industrial mineral, and metallic mineral mines. This deep experience in the mining industry allows us to share valuable insights with clients and provide practical, experience-based advice.


California mining counsel for $20 million acquisition and bankruptcy proceedings related to an approximately 2,200-acre rare earth mine.

Environmental and permitting due diligence for acquisition of approximately 13,000-acre gold mine.

Mineral title opinions for approximately 1,500 acres of unpatented mining claims for gold and silver mines with California state lands, patented mining claims, unpatented lode and placer mining claims, and mill sites.

California mining counsel for equity investment in approximately 1,000-acre operating gold mine.

Permitting under local, state and federal laws for expansion and operational changes at an approximately 5,000-acre gold mine, including conditional use permits, SMARA compliance, Section 1602 streambed alteration agreement, Federal ESA Section 7 consultation, CESA Section 2081 Incidental Take Permit, BLM plan of operations and right-of-ways, and CEQA and NEPA compliance.

Land use permitting, EIR review, SMARA compliance and appeal to the State Mining and Geology Board for reclamation plan, and CEQA litigation for 100-year conditional use permit for a sand and gravel mine.

Mining lease negotiations for aggregate and metallic mineral mines throughout California.

Lead counsel in challenge to California mine’s removal from AB 3098 list for public contracts.

Advised multiple metallic mineral mines on compliance with California backfilling requirements and engaged with the Division of Mine Reclamation on interpretations related to exemptions for backfill requirements.

Represented a consortium of French banks in the negotiation and documentation of a $40 million project loan for development of the Sonora Gold Mine.