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Meghan Winokur

Partner

600 East Main Street, Suite 104, Aspen, CO 81611

Meghan's clients rely on her diverse experience in water rights, real estate development and land use planning to find creative solutions to their problems and achieve their goals.

She works with water service providers, municipalities, ski areas, agricultural producers, ranchers, real estate developers and private landowners on all aspects of water supply planning, water court litigation, real estate transactions, development activities and land use planning. Meghan’s water and land use practices bring her in regular contact with the City of Aspen’s and Pitkin County’s review bodies and community development offices.

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Experience

  • Assists municipal and private clients with long-term water supply planning and development
  • Represents clients in water court litigation, including adjudication of water rights, changes of water rights and plans for augmentation
  • Handles water-related administrative proceedings, including substitute water supply plans and well permitting matters
  • Negotiates issues associated with the evaluation, assessment, and conveyance of water rights
  • Advises clients in residential and resort real estate transactions, including land and water rights title issues
  • Guides clients through the land use planning process, including providing advice on local government master plans, strategizing on re-zoning and interfacing with local governing review bodies.

Client Results

Water Supply Development
  • Diligently guiding a municipal water service provider through complex issues related to improving the reliability and quality of its water supply system, including addressing water treatment plant capacity limitations, physical and legal water supply challenges, water rate increases, and funding for infrastructure improvements.
  • Protecting and enhancing future water supplies for ski areas in the Roaring Fork Valley by protecting water rights through court action, successfully securing a long-term agreement with a municipality for the delivery of snowmaking water and assisting with federal permitting matters.
  • Working to improve a water supply to support an art-based glamping community in San Miguel County.
  • Coordinating the implementation of a collaborative plan to monitor stream conditions in Castle Creek and Maroon Creek through a negotiated agreement with Pitkin County.
  • Helped a client with the transfer of shares in the Bessemer Irrigating Ditch Company to municipal uses.
  • Prevailed in protecting the water rights of a municipality in the Colorado River Basin in two appeals to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Water Rights Due Diligence
  • Assisted multiple clients to investigate and evaluate water rights associated with significant land purchases in the Colorado, Yampa and San Juan River Basins.

Real Estate and Land Use
  • Worked with a team of lawyers to obtain county approval of an amended and restated ski area master plan, following a lengthy administrative process and multiple public hearings.
  • Assisting with an application to re-zone lands in Pitkin County to support ski area operations.
  • Successfully negotiated complex water rights issues on significant transactions involved residential real estate transfers in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Published Cases
  • Anderson v. Pursell, 244. P.3d 1188 (Colo. 2010)

  • Town of Minturn V. Tucker, 293 p. 3d 581 (Colo. 2013)

  • Tucker v. Town of Minturn, 359 P.3d 29 (Colo. 2015)

Recreational In-Channel Diversion
  • Assisted a municipality to obtain a conditional recreational in-channel diversion water right on the Arkansas River, coordinated documentation of the use of the associated whitewater park, and obtained a water court decree making a portion of the water right absolute.  

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Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association, Water Law Section, Member, 2006-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2004-present
  • Pitkin County Bar Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Alpine Legal Services, Hotline Volunteer, 2020-present
  • Children’s Rocky Mountain School, Board of Directors, President, 2014-2017
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