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 disputes, toxic torts, land use issues (including public land use), construction matters, OSHA issues, trade secret conflicts, breach of contract matters, 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 Litigation Matters

  • Save Our Canyons v. Snowbird and U.S. Forest Service - Defended challenges to various ski resort expansion projects (lifts, boundary expansions, buildings, etc.) at the administrative, federal district court and federal appellate court levels.
  • Bertaut v. U.S. Department of Health - Led trial team defending federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in toxic tort claims relating to vaccinations, resulting in finding of no liability.
  • 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.
  • Wildlands Defense v. PacifiCorp, Idaho Power - Assisted public utilities with NEPA permitting of multi-segment Gateway West transmission line from Wyoming to Idaho. Intervened and obtained dismissals of all challenges to BLM’s approval of initial segments, For subsequently approved remaining segments, we filed request for reconsideration and obtained alternative preferred alignments.
  • Living Rivers v. Enefit - Represent intervenor oil shale developer against challenges to BLM grant of easement for a utility corridor to access proposed energy project.
  • Diamond Parking v. ANR Trucking – Represented owner and operator of airport parking lot in asserting claims against prior owners and operators for historic unremediated environmental contamination.
  • Williams v. Carbon Fiber Manufacturer – Defended manufacturer against claims relating to alleged exposure to purported toxic indoor air contamination in the workplace.
  • Nemelka v. Ensign-Bickford - Represented large chemical manufacturer against personal injury and property damage claims alleging damages from purported exposure to chemicals seeping into ground and travelling downstream via groundwater.
  • Oakwood v. Sundrider - Tried 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: 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® (Business Litigation, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources), 2009-2015
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, 2016-2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbel
  • 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
  • Founding Board Member, Esperanza Elementary Charter School (dual immersion)
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