Ron Opsahl

Senior Attorney

As a wildlife biologist and natural resource attorney, Ron is able to couple a deep understanding of the scientific principles underpinning environmental and natural resource issues with a thorough grasp of the law to represent clients’ interests in private and public land use and development. He is an experienced litigator, primarily specializing in litigation focused on administrative appeals, judicial review of administrative decisions, and state and federal land use plans and determinations involving wildlife management, mining claims and mineral development, oil and gas development, timber harvest, livestock grazing, and other uses of public and private lands.

Ron is an MSLF alum, having served as a Staff Attorney between 2005 and 2011, and returned to MSLF as its Senior Attorney in May 2019. Ron leads MSLF’s endangered species and natural resources efforts, is licensed to practice in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas (inactive), Montana, and Wyoming, and is admitted to appear in several U.S. District Courts, the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

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Rayco, LLC v. Bernhardt

Fighting to Save the Family Legacy

Emerson and Fay Ray were a young couple, recently married, when they first came to California. It was the height of the Great Depression and Emerson had heard he might be able to get a job in California pouring concrete. Now the government is threatening to destroy the legacy they built for their family.

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Wyoming Ranchers and Farmers Now Endangered, Not the Grizzlies

Keeping a family farm, sheep or cattle ranch profitable is a difficult enough without special interest groups making it harder. The grizzly bear was once an endangered species, but in 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly population exceeded scientists’ minimum goals for the powerful predator. It had fully recovered. The agency tried to remove the animal from the endangered list, but was sued in Crow Indian Tribe v. United States of America. More recently, environmental groups also got involved trying to prevent delisting of the grizzly.

Biographical Questions Forced Top ATC Candidates Out of FAA Hiring Pool

“The number of different high school sports I participated in.”
“The age at which I first started to earn money (other than an allowance).”
Strange questions to ask would-be air traffic controllers. Yet those questions and others were ones the Federal Aviation Administration asked potential air traffic controllers to answer as part of a new hiring system in 2013.

Supreme Court Halts NYC’s Flight from Review under Second Amendment

This case arose as a result of NYC’s unconstitutional ban on transporting a licensed handgun outside city limits. For the past six years, NYC has vehemently defended its handgun transportation ban, but only at the last minute sought to avoid Supreme Court review when city officials realized the odds of success weren’t in their favor.

Red Flag Laws

VIDEO: MSLF recently hosted a panel of experts to discuss the gun confiscation orders known as Red Flag Laws that many states are adopting.

We Are All Originalists Now… Sort of

MSLF attorney David McDonald published an op-ed in RealClearPolitics today on the enduring legacy of Justice Scalia. Since the 1980s, constitutional text and history have become ever more central to Supreme Court jurisprudence.

New York City Still Running From Supreme Court Review of Gun Laws

MSLF attorney Cody Wisniewski writes today for National Review: Most likely, city officials realize that they can’t win at the Supreme Court and are trying to preemptively cut their losses before they set “bad precedent” for the gun control movement across the nation. Given the Supreme Court’s nearly decade-long silence on the topic, this case…

Cory Booker’s Unsafe Gun Control Ideas

MSLF attorney Cody Wisniewski was cited by Reason magazine, explaining why California’s gun regulations, similar to those proposed by Senator Booker, could actually make guns less safe.