Joshua  B.  Cook

Joshua B. Cook


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Representative Matters

  • Representation of major mining company through due diligence and acquisition phases covering multiple mines resulting in a nine figure transaction.
  • Representation of mining companies and oil and gas companies in quiet title proceedings and claim disputes.
  • Representation of oil and gas companies in acquisitions and issues involving land on Indian reservations.
  • Defense of oil and gas operators from TERO enforcement actions and tribal court proceedings.
  • Defense of mineral development companies in lease disputes and tribal court actions where damages claimed were up to nine figures.
  • Representation of mining companies in complex title curative projects.
  • Title due diligence for various mineral production and renewable energy projects.
  • Administrative actions involving federal lands and multiple federal agencies.

Joshua Cook is a partner in Crowley’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Department. His primary areas of practice are mining, Indian law, oil and gas law, and renewable energy. Joshua handles complex mining matters, including patented and unpatented claim disputes, large scale due diligence of mining, renewable, and oil and gas properties. He covers property acquisitions and dispositions, title examinations, as well as permitting and environmental issues. He also assists clients with development projects on Indian lands and challenges to tribal jurisdiction. Joshua has significant experience working with tribal agencies, especially TERO, handling contract disputes, and defending clients from tribal actions. He assists pipeline, transmission line and development companies with right of way issues. Joshua serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Exploration and Mining Association, is involved with the Nevada and Wyoming Mining Associations, and works on the Legislative Committee of the Montana Mining Association. He is a Trustee at Large and serves on the Special Institutes Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, serves as a reporter for the Foundation’s Newsletter and an update author for the American Law of Mining Treatise. Joshua graduated with his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. During law school, he clerked for the Washington State Court of Appeals, served on the Moot Court Honors Council, and lead Gonzaga’s National Trial Team. Before law school, Joshua worked in the mining industry where he located mining claims on public domain lands throughout Nevada and other western states. Joshua obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Finance from Brigham Young University.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Montana, 2010
U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2010
North Dakota, 2012
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2013
Fort Berthold District Court, 2014
Nevada, 2016
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2016
Colorado, 2019
Wyoming, 2019


2010 – J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law
2007 – B.S., Business Management – Finance, Brigham Young University

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana
State Bar of Nevada
Wyoming State Bar
North Dakota State Bar
Colorado Bar
American Bar Association
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
American Exploration and Mining Association
Montana Mining Association
Yellowstone County Bar Association

Presentations & Publications

“Due Diligence on Mining Properties,” AAPL, 2018
“Mineral Development on Indian Reservations,” AEMA, 2018
“Mining Law,” AAPL Annual Meeting, 2016
“Oil and Gas Law Essentials,” Bankruptcy Seminar, 2016
“Basics of Mining Law,” Wyoming Bar Association, 2016
“General Mining Law of 1872,” 2014, 2015
Update Author: Chapter 31 “Locators,” Title IV Mining Claims, American Law of Mining 2d, 2013-Present
Update Author: Chapter 33 “Location Procedures,” Title IV Mining Claims, American Law of Mining 2d, 2013-Present
Update Author: Chapter 38 “Relocation and Amendment of Unpatented Mining Claims,” Title IV Mining Claims, American Law of Mining 2d, 2013-Present
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Newsletter, 2012-Present