Matt Bingham

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2007
  • B.S.E., Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, Arizona State University, 2003
  • A.S., Physics, high honors, Eastern Arizona College, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2007

Matt Bingham

Associate
201 East Washington
Suite 1200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone 602.262.5320
Fax 602.734.3791

As a regulatory lawyer, Matt helps public and private companies successfully interface with ‎government agencies. He mostly focuses on permitting, siting, compliance, and enforcement matters, ‎especially those impacting the mining, energy, construction, and utility industries.‎

Leveraging his background in engineering, Matt approaches every project as if he’s solving a puzzle. He ‎thrives on identifying and analyzing all of the pieces and then systematically putting each piece in its ‎proper place to create the best possible result for his client. Whether working with clients or ‎government regulators, Matt takes a reasonable, methodical, and organized approach.‎

Energy. Matt represents energy developers and those seeking to invest in energy development ‎projects. He helps developers obtain required siting approvals from the Arizona Corporation ‎Commission, prepare and review permitting opinions, and negotiate contracts. His experience includes ‎transmission lines, fossil fuel generating plants, and renewable energy projects, both utility-scale solar ‎and wind projects as well as distributed solar generation.‎

His recent work with energy developers includes:‎

  • Helping BP Wind obtain a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) from the Arizona ‎Corporation Commission to build the high-voltage transmission line that will connect our ‎client’s wind farm to the grid. Matt assisted in the entire process: preparing and filing the CEC ‎application, scheduling the public hearing, developing witnesses’ testimony, preparing ‎witnesses for the hearing, presenting our client's case at the hearing, holding a public ‎comment session, addressing the Committee members' questions and concerns, and ‎negotiating the terms of the CEC.‎
  • Representing the Solana Generating Facility, one of the largest concentrating solar facilities in ‎the world, in obtaining a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) and preparing a ‎permitting opinion that enabled our client to receive a $1.5 billion federal loan guarantee.‎
  • Helping a landowner review and negotiate a solar lease for a 700 kW rooftop solar system.‎

For investors in the energy industry, Matt helps conduct proper due diligence to identify regulatory ‎risks involved with financing or purchasing target projects.‎

His recent work for energy investors includes:‎

  • Representing a lender to multiple utility-scale PV solar facilities in conducting comprehensive ‎due diligence including reviewing, analyzing, and resolving issues arising from the project’s ‎permits, approvals, plans, power purchase agreement milestones, and other contract details.‎
  • Representing a company seeking to purchase two natural gas power plants in reviewing the ‎plants’ permits and regulatory history and providing a full assessment of the risks of and issues ‎associated with the investment.‎

As editor of Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s Renewable Energy Blog, Matt keeps up on the latest legal and political ‎developments related to climate change and renewable energy. He regularly attends seminars and ‎other educational events on these topics.‎

Mining. Matt helps mining companies and investors in the mining industry tackle environmental and ‎natural resources issues.‎

His recent mining industry experience includes: ‎

  • Serving as a member of the team that helped Singatse Peak Services (owned by Quaterra ‎Resources) acquire the Yerington Copper Mine site. Matt’s role included researching the ‎Superfund/CERCLA legal issues involved and advising Singatse on the Bona Fide Prospective ‎Purchaser Defense to CERCLA Liability.‎
  • Conducting comprehensive due diligence for a potential investor in an Arizona copper mine, ‎including analyzing permitting plans and assessing environmental risks, which enabled the ‎client to make an informed investment decision.‎
  • Advising developers and land owners on mineral rights issues, particularly those involving split ‎estate situations.‎

Matt is active in the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, serving in various leadership roles ‎including as the Federal Water Quality Reporter for the association’s Water Law Newsletter.‎

Utilities and the ACC. By advocating on their behalf before the Arizona Corporation Commission, Matt ‎helps utility companies—water, electric, and telecommunications—get the right permits and approvals ‎to do business in the state. ‎

His recent work in this area includes:‎

  • Representing a water company in a rate case before the Arizona Corporation Commission, ‎which involved developing the client’s testimony, responding to data requests from ‎Commission Staff, coordinating procedural issues with Commission legal counsel, drafting and ‎negotiating the settlement agreement, and representing the client in a hearing before an ‎Administrative Law Judge.‎
  • Representing EPCOR Water Arizona before the ACC in the acquisition of a privately-owned ‎water company, which involved drafting and filing the application and interfacing with ACC ‎Staff and legal counsel on various substantive and procedural issues.‎
  • Helping telecommunications companies obtain Certificates of Convenience and Necessity to ‎operate in Arizona and ETC Designations to allow wireless providers to participate in the ‎federal Lifeline Program for low-income consumers.‎

Environmental and Regulatory. Matt helps clients obtain, comply with, renew, and defend their ‎environmental permits including those related to water, air, and dust. His experience includes drafting ‎and reviewing permit applications, negotiating permit terms, analyzing and responding to alleged ‎violations, and protecting his clients’ interests in enforcement proceedings.‎

He provides advice and analysis on local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations ‎including Superfund/CERCLA, WQARF, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, RCRA, and EPCRA. On ‎behalf of his clients, Matt has successfully interfaced with the Environmental Protection Agency, the ‎Bureau of Land Management, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the Arizona ‎Department of Water Resources, the Arizona State Land Department, the Maricopa County Air Quality ‎Department, and other agencies that oversee environmental and natural resource regulations.‎

His recent regulatory experience includes:‎

  • Providing ongoing environmental analysis and advice in a complex groundwater cleanup case.‎
  • Defending a WQARF case and negotiating a settlement with ADEQ on favorable terms to the ‎client.‎
  • Helping a home builder respond to dozens of alleged dust permit violations based on ‎completing a comprehensive analysis of the violations against Maricopa County Air Quality ‎Department’s Rules and Violation Penalty Policy.‎
  • Helping a client update an Aquifer Protection Permit from ADEQ for a large industrial site in ‎Maricopa County.‎

Outside the environmental realm, Matt has assisted clients with procurement questions and disputes ‎and other regulatory issues before the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, the Arizona ‎Department of Weights and Measures, and the Arizona State Medical Board. ‎

Engineering Background. Before pursuing a legal career, Matt was a civil engineer with the Phoenix ‎office of a national transportation engineering and technology firm. Prior to that position, he worked in ‎the land development group of another national engineering firm.‎

Matt’s background in engineering helps him understand the substantive issues that often arise in ‎construction, development, and modeling contexts.‎

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Young Professionals Committee, Federal Water Quality Reporter for Water Law Newsletter
  • Arizona Forward, Central Regional Council (formerly Valley Forward, Board of Directors)
  • The Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix, Public Policy Committee
  • The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Program, Volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of Phoenix’s Community Legal Services Office, Pro Bono Attorney

Publications

Mr. Bingham is the editor of the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Renewable Energy Blog. Since 2012, he has served as the Federal Water Quality Reporter for Rocky Mountain Mineral Law ‎Foundation's Water Law Newsletter.

His additional publications include:

Speaking Engagements

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Arizona, 2010

Other Distinctions

Matt is listed in the 2012-2014 editions of Southwest Rising Stars in the category of Environmental ‎Law. He was recently recognized for his commitment to pro bono service at the firm's annual John P. ‎Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon.‎

While attending Columbia University School of Law, Matt was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and ‎served as Notes Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review. ‎