Martin K. Banks

Martin K. Banks

Salt Lake City, UT

About Martin

Martin Banks is a partner of Stoel Rives’ litigation practice group. He handles general business litigation, including environmental and natural resource matters, real estate and land use issues (including public land use), construction matters, intellectual property infringement disputes, toxic torts, OSHA issues and other matters.

Martin was formerly a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (1991-1994), and an associate at White & Case (1989-1991).

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Representative Matters

  • Save Our Canyons v. Snowbird and U.S. Forest Service - Defended challenges to ski resort development brought under the National Environmental Policy Act at the administrative, federal district court and federal appellate court levels.
  • Henricksons v. EBCo - Obtained dismissals of several defendants, and favorable settlements in ground water toxic tort claims.
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality v. Reilly - Represented chemical manufacturer in enforcement action involving state and federal environmental regulators.
  • Stevens v. EBCo - Defended CERCLA, RCRA and toxic tort claims for personal injury and property damage relating to alleged exposure to migrating groundwater contamination.
  • OSHA v. Delta Air Lines - Handled various safety/environmental enforcement actions on behalf of airline.
  • Bertaut v. U.S. Department of Health - Led trial team defending health organizations in toxic tort claims relating to vaccinations.
  • Oakwood v. Sundrider - Presented telecommunications contract dispute before jury trial.
  • Ron Case v. Salt Lake County - Successfully blocked variances to zoning restrictions in rural/agricultural area.



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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental), 2008-2020
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries), 2009-2019
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Environmental, Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources), 2009-2015
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, 2016-2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Utah Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the Environmental Committee
  • Former Chairman, Utah State Bar, Environment and Natural Resources and Land Section
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former General Counsel, Salt Lake County Republican Party

Civic Activities

  • Unit Representative, Boy Scouts of America
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