Bradley J. Glass


Bradley J. Glass

As an environmental and natural resources lawyer, Brad delivers proven skill in mining-related environmental litigation, compliance and permitting. He offers a deep bench experience and demonstrated results in serving as local and regional counsel on a wide range of complex matters for mining, industrial and manufacturing clients. Whether Brad is involved in advising on exploration, permitting and development or mine closure, remediation, reclamation or historic liability issues, he remains expressly dedicated to overcoming the complex obstacles involved in doing business in this specialized industry segment.

Throughout his career, Brad has represented major mining and industrial clients in environmental litigation before state and federal courts, administrative bodies, mediators, and arbitrators throughout the United States. As an advocate, Brad is valued for his ability to litigate efficiently without sacrificing his client’s strategic objectives. After many years of practice, Brad’s reputation and record of favorable results inside and outside of the courts allow his clients to depend on him to aggressively, yet productively and resourcefully, protect their interests.

A smart and practical legal advisor, Brad believes solving client problems. He is a “big picture” thinker who is focused on finding the right solution. Brad’s ease with people make him persuasive and trustworthy among judges, juries, mediators, arbitrators, matter constituents and opposing counsel. He is the ultimate team player who knows how inspire action through people – regardless of their initial and often disparate positions.

Moreover, Brad understands the science of natural resources law and the mining industry in particular. His approach to realizing each client’s end game is supported by his inherent optimism and open-mindedness. A straight-forward communicator who establishes immediate trust and rapport with even the most difficult people, Brad never gets lost in the minutia of the science, although he understands it completely, but rather focuses on the legal aspects of the matter at hand and how that will translate into the right outcome for his client.

Representative Cases

  • Grand Canyon Trust v. Provencio, 2020 WL 2611212 (D. Ariz., May 22, 2020)
  • Town of Florence v. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 2020 WL 2216706 (Ariz. Ct. App., May 7, 2020)
  • Havasupai Tribe v. Provencio, 906 F.3d 1155 (9th Cir., Oct. 25, 2018)
  • Havasupai Tribe v. Provencio, 876 F.3d 1242 (9th Cir., Dec. 12, 2017)
  • Navajo Nation v. Cyprus Amax Minerals Company, 2:17-CV-0014- and 3:17-CV-08007 (D. Ariz., Jan. 17, 2017)
  • Arizona v. Houston International LTD, 2:15-CV-02373 (D. Ariz., Nov. 20, 2015)
  • WildEarth Guardians v. Jewel, 2015 WL 4498429 (D. Ariz., July 23, 2015)
  • Town of Florence v. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 2014 WL 7454505 (Ariz. Ct. App, Dec. 20, 2014)
  • Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar, 706 F.3d 1085 (9th Cir., Feb. 4, 2013)
  • United States of America v. Freeport-McMoRan Corporation, 4:12-CV-00307 (D. Ariz.)
  • United States of America v. Williams, 2:11-CV-00689 (D. Ariz.)
  • Desert Sun Oil Corporation v. Rick’s Station Maintenance, 8015-CV-201002080 (Ariz. Sup. Ct., Sept. 15, 2010)
  • Quechan Indian Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation v. U.S. Dept. of Interior, 547 F. Supp.2d 1033 (D. Ariz., Feb. 15, 2008)
  • Quechan Indian Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation v. U.S. Dept. of Interior, 2007 WL 2493498 (D. Ariz., Aug. 30, 2007)
  • Cyprus Amax Minerals Company v. Tronox Incorporated, 1:07-CV-01270 (D. Colo.)
  • Cotter Corporation v. Castagne, 2:07-MC-00045 and 3:07-MC-00045 (D. Ariz.)
  • United States of America v. Rapier, 1:06-CV-01686 (S.D. Ind.)
  • Arizona Partsmaster, Inc. v. Caljet, Inc., 2005 WL 2008208 (Ariz. Sup. Ct, May 16, 2005)
  • MESDA Investments v. United States of America, 2:04-CV-01368 (D. Ariz.)
  • Purdue Research Foundation v. Sanofi-Synthelabo, S.A., 206 F. Supp.2d 958 (N.D. Ind., June 5, 2002)

Representative Experience

Brad’s experience includes the following representative matters:

  • Representing a major mining client in the negotiation, settlement, and ongoing remediation of abandoned mine sites located on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.
  • Representing a major mining client in the permitting of a mine in Arizona and successfully defending the permitting before the Arizona Water Quality Appeals Board, Maricopa County Superior Court, and Arizona Court of Appeals.
  • Defending a major mining client in numerous challenges to its mines located in Arizona in Arizona federal court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtaining a full defense verdict in an Arizona state court for a national petroleum distributor after a three-week jury trial where the Plaintiffs were seeking approximately $14 million in damages due to the alleged migration of petroleum hydrocarbons onto its property.
  • Representing a major industrial client in an Arizona federal court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals relating to a challenge under NEPA and NHPA to its acquisition of formerly federal lands.
  • Assisting industrial and mining clients with the negotiation of compliance orders, consent decrees, and consent judgments with state and federal environmental agencies under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and state voluntary cleanup programs and subsequently representing them in litigation associated with consent decrees and consent judgments.
  • Representing several clients in cost recovery actions under CERCLA against the former owners of their respective properties and other potentially responsible parties.
  • Assisting a major mining client in Arizona and New Mexico comply with local, state, and federal environmental rules and regulations and representing the client while it obtained permits and approvals on the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Defending a manufacturing client in an Indiana federal court against allegations that releases at its property contaminated an adjacent property with numerous contaminants.
  • Representing industrial and mining clients in the preparation of comments on proposed rulemaking and legislation at the local, state, and federal levels.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana, 2001
  • Arizona, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2007

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Arizona State Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Council (2017-2018), Treasurer (2019), Chair-Elect (2020), and Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Chair, (2012-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012), and Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Foundation, Trustee (2014-2017)
  • Foster Care Review Board, Member (2018-2020)