John D. Burnside

John D. Burnside: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
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Biography

With 20 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law, John Burnside knows that insights leading to solutions come from knowledge, study, perseverance, and communication. John resolves complex environmental regulatory and water resource issues and disputes for mining and industrial sector clients using his deep understanding of the law, environmental science, and his clients’ legal, business, and financial objectives.

John's experience includes Superfund cost recovery and defense, water resources adjudication, water quality permitting and enforcement, environmental insurance coverage placement and claims, environmental forensics, toxic tort defense, and contractual allocation of environmental liabilities. John regularly appears before the Special Water Master to defend our clients' water rights in Arizona's general stream adjudications. In addition, he has addressed corporate transactions involving extensive environmental due diligence and has ushered the transacting parties through the transfer of environmental permits and authorizations to the satisfaction of regulatory authorities.

John understands the importance of maintaining a steady focus on his clients’ legal and business objectives when collaborating with technical consultants in water resources, environmental regulatory and litigation matters. Working alongside scientists and engineers, John has counseled clients in regulatory strategies for environmental remediation and closure projects and has addressed a variety of permitting and compliance challenges as well as litigation. He has overseen the development of persuasive expert testimony and is adept at managing the generation, storage, and discovery of technical data and communications to preserve applicable privileges for the benefit of his clients’ information security.

Prior to private practice, John served as a law clerk with the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals. While attending law school, he was an articles editor for the Arizona State Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude, ranking second in his class. He was recognized by the State Bar of Arizona for placing among the top three highest scores on the July 1997 bar exam.

Representative Presentations and Publications

• Risk Management Strategies for Known Environmental Liabilities, Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2011)
• The 'Tailoring Rule,' Environmental Professionals of Arizona (October 2010)
• The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law, MCBA Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Editorial Board (2005)
• So You Screwed Up: Now What? Handling An Investigative Interview, Arizona Association of Industries Environmental Summit, Prescott, Arizona (August 2004)
• When the Ethical Duties of Attorney and Consultant Collide, Arizona Water Law Conference, CLE International, Scottsdale, Arizona (August 2004)
• Ethics Considerations for the Environmental Practitioner, Colorado River Law Conference, CLE International, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2004)
• AZPDES and EPA: The Federal Side of the New State Program, ENRLS Update, Volume XV, Issue 3 (October 2003)
• AZPDES Permit Appeals Process, ENRLS Update, Volume XV, Issue 2 (July 2003)
• Claiming on Policies When Documents Have Gone, Insurance Day, Issue 1.311 (March 2003)
• Pre-Acquisition Coverage for Environmental Liabilities: An Analysis of the Ongoing Dispute, Environmental Law Reporter, 10618 (May 2002)
• Toxic Tort Litigation, Arizona Environmental Law, Volume 2, Chapter 4.4 (2002)
• The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law : Insurance Issues, MCBA Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Chapters 24-25 (2002)

Community Involvement

•Desert Botanical Garden
•Board of Trustees
•Executive Committee
•Strategic Planning Committee
•Research and Horticulture Committee
•Volunteer Center of Maricopa County
•Board of Directors (2005-2007)
•Treasurer (2005-2006)
•High School Mock Trial
•Regional Coordinator (2005)
•Volunteer Lawyers Program

Other Professional Experience

•Polsinelli PC, Shareholder
•Arizona Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Law Clerk for the Hon. Ruth V. McGregor

Related News & Events

Sep 09
Desert Botanical Garden Announces Snell & Wilmer Attorney John D. Burnside to Board of Trustees

Jul 10
Snell & Wilmer Significantly Expands Environmental and Natural Resources Group With Addition of Seven Attorneys and Policy Adviso

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Environmental and Natural Resources

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997
Admission:
Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships & Activities

•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Environmental Law Section
•Executive Board Member (2003-2011)
•Chair (2009)
•Chair-Elect (2008)
•Secretary (2007)
•Treasurer (2006)

Reported Cases:
Representative Experience Ushered the buyer and seller of a large open-pit copper mine through the complex regulatory process for transfer of environmental permits and authorizations Developed persuasive expert testimony, managed discovery, prepared briefs and motions, and participated in negotiation and drafting of settlement in multi-party litigation involving cost recovery at one of the largest environmental sites in Arizona Managed discovery, prepared briefs and motions, and negotiated over a dozen settlements for a client in complex insurance coverage litigation involving environmental remediation liability Prepared defense against multi-million dollar claim against a client under Arizona fee-shifting statute, including development of expert testimony documenting unreasonableness of opposing parties' attorneys' fees Counseled mining industry client through planning and implementation of a voluntary remediation project involving cleanup of contaminated soil located in a residential area of a former mining town in cooperation with environmental consultants Representative Presentations & Publications Risk Management Strategies for Known Environmental Liabilities, Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2011) The 'Tailoring Rule,' Environmental Professionals of Arizona (October 2010) The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law, MCBA Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Editorial Board (2005) So You Screwed Up: Now What? Handling An Investigative Interview, Arizona Association of Industries Environmental Summit, Prescott, Arizona (August 2004) When the Ethical Duties of Attorney and Consultant Collide, Arizona Water Law Conference, CLE International, Scottsdale, Arizona (August 2004) Ethics Considerations for the Environmental Practitioner, Colorado River Law Conference, CLE International, Las Vegas, Nevada (May 2004) AZPDES and EPA: The Federal Side of the New State Program, ENRLS Update, Volume XV, Issue 3 (October 2003) AZPDES Permit Appeals Process, ENRLS Update, Volume XV, Issue 2 (July 2003) Claiming on Policies When Documents Have Gone, Insurance Day, Issue 1.311 (March 2003) Pre-Acquisition Coverage for Environmental Liabilities: An Analysis of the Ongoing Dispute, Environmental Law Reporter, 10618 (May 2002) Toxic Tort Litigation, Arizona Environmental Law, Volume 2, Chapter 4.4 (2002) The Most Commonly Asked Questions in Environmental Law : Insurance Issues, MCBA Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Chapters 24-25 (2002)
ISLN:
913851096
Transactions:
Representative Transactions: Mergers and Acquisitions; Represented injection molding company in its 140 million sale to a publicly traded strategic buyer; Represented Forbes Top 25 private company in its 32.5 million acquisition of a supermarket chain; Represented nutraceutical company in its 24 million sale to a public Canadian health and nutrition company; Represented corporate venture company in the 17 million sale of its energy consulting and fuel management technology subsidiary to a publicly traded global energy company; Represented public education company in its 15 million acquisition of an online high school education provider; Represented owners of an aeronautical machining company in its 10.5 million sale to a private equity fund; Represented precision manufacturing company in its 10 million sale to a Singapore company; Represented investment group in its acquisition and 7 million going-private transaction of a publicly traded natural resource exploration and development company; Represented optical encoder company in its 6.7 million sale to a strategic acquirer; Represented donor management company in its 5 million sale to a public healthcare technology company; Represented human genome company in its acquisition of a genomic-based diagnostic products company; Represented publicly traded U.K. company in its acquisition of a U.S. advanced materials manufacturer; Represented pregnancy resource company in its sale to a publicly traded wedding media and services company; Represented large health care system in the sale of its clinical research company; Represented high-tech cloth manufacturer in its sale to an international sailmaker; Private Equity and Debt; Represented grocery retailer in connection with its 550 million credit facility; Represented de novo commercial bank in its 16 million Common Stock offering; Represented real estate investment company in its 10 million Class A Unit offering; Represented residential development and land acquisition company in its 4 million Class A Unit offering; Represented real estate development company in its 2.3 million Class A Unit offering; Represented pregnancy resource company in its convertible debt and Series A Preferred Stock offerings; Represented software company in its Series AA Convertible Preferred Stock offering; Represented incubator in its portfolio company investments in an accounting services firm, a document imaging company, and a new media education and entertainment company; Represented angel investors in their Common Stock investment in a golf course equipment company; Represented international cleantech venture capital fund in its 4.6 million Series A-1 Preferred Stock investments in an advanced nanomaterials company; Represented biomedical venture capital fund in its 3.9 million Series C Preferred Stock investment in a medical image and information management company; Represented international cleantech venture capital fund in its 2 million Series B Preferred Stock investment in an aquaculture nutrition company; Represented major health system in its 1.5 million Series A Preferred Stock investment in a renal replacement therapy company; Represented technology venture capital fund in its Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock investment in a computer technology company; Represented investment firm in the formation of an angel investment group; Represented investment company in the formation of a 100 million life sciences fund; Represented health care system in the formation of a 35 million health sciences fund; International; Represented European online tire retailer in structuring its expansion into the U.S. market; Represented development company in its 19 million advanced equipment maintenance joint venture with a German engineering company; Represented Italian hair care product company in structuring its U.S. distributorship; Represented German rolling mill company in the sale of equipment to a U.S. steel company; Represented Dutch metal packaging company in structuring numerous international development agreements and supply arrangements; Represented investment group in its acquisition out of bankruptcy of a leading German aerobatic and travel aircraft manufacturer; Other Select Transactions/Engagements; Represented leading international development company in its multi-billion dollar joint venture for an integrated resort and casino property; Represented luxury home builder in its 30 million joint venture with an investment firm; Represented de novo commercial bank with its formation and state charter and FDIC insurance applications; Represented semiconductor company in the acquisition of patented micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology from a leading university; Represented engineering company in obtaining an SEC no-action letter for its employee unit bonus plan; Represented numerous owners in buyouts of their minority partners

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