393. Responsible Mining and Responsible Law Firm Ownership with Peter Smith

Today, my guest, Peter Smith, founded a law firm in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Peter’s firm does a number of things, but much of it is centered around the mining industry. While we don’t often talk about specific areas of law on the show, but today it is a fascinating conversation touching on the starting of Peter’s firm that focused on creating a different kind of firm, mining law, real estate, and so many other things. It’s a great conversation that everyone can take something from. I hope you enjoy! 

In this episode, Neil and Peter discuss:

  • Staking a mining claim, and how mining ties in with business and real estate. 
  • Running your law firm as a business and treating your employees with respect. 
  • Creating mentor/mentee relationships in your firm. 
  • Evolving your law firm as technology and situations change. 


Key Takeaways:

  • There is a larger process to actually mining on claimed land that involves multiple groups of people, including the indigenous tribes of the area. 
  • Most mining projects today go through vigorous processes to ensure minimal impact on the environment in a way that was not done in the previous centuries. 
  • Paying forward in life is what it is all about. 
  • Engage your younger attorneys (and even interns) into the work from the beginning and let them follow through on things. It will benefit the business but also benefit the attorney. 


“If you ask the lawyers that work here, I think they get a real, meaningful experience and they feel very supported. Anyone, at any time, can ask for help from anyone else, and I think they’re always willing to give it. And that’s something that we defend that vigorously.” —  Peter Smith

Get in touch with Peter Smith:

Website: https://www.smithmalek.com/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pjsiv/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smith_malek 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithmaleklaw/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/6470576/admin/ 

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 Show notes by Podcastologist Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie


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