We advise and represent a wide variety of clients across the Mountain West Region in all types of water matters.

We effectively represent our clients’ interests in federal and state court litigation, including special state water courts, and in contested administrative proceedings before state water officials. We also regularly deal with local, state, and federal government authorities concerning water issues that impact our clients, on both legal and legislative or policy levels. We address client issues dealing with:

  • Water rights
  • Water supply development for energy/industrial projects
  • Water quality
  • Water rights litigation
  • Water issues associated with land use and development
  • Water rights transactions/investments

Our clients include companies involved in sophisticated water rights transactions, state and local governments, municipal water suppliers, mutual ditch and reservoir companies, project developers, and other industrial, recreational and agricultural water users.

Water Law Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Represent a large Nevada water district in challenges to new Utah groundwater appropriation applications in a shared interstate aquifer which has not yet been apportioned between the two states.
  • Represent a family–owned water company in a water supply contract dispute with a major housing developer.
  • Represent solar and wind powered electrical generation projects in the development, implementation and permitting of necessary project water supplies.
  • Represent a large water conservancy district in becoming the exclusive future wholesale water supplier to western Summit County, Utah, home of Park City and three major ski resorts. The project involved partially acquiring and consolidating existing systems, bonding for and constructing new infrastructure over the next 40 years, acquiring a major water supply for transbasin diversion to the project and negotiating several major contracts.
  • Represent oil and gas industry clients with complex water rights and water supply issues in administrative rulemaking, legislative proceedings, and judicial actions, including litigation in Colorado’s specialized water courts and the Colorado Supreme Court, particularly with respect to the withdrawal, use, and management of produced water from oil and gas wells.
  • Represent three Colorado cities with regard to appropriating and protecting recreational water rights for kayak parks.
  • Negotiate resolution of a surface water transbasin diversion dispute among four Bureau of Reclamation projects for Utah’s largest public drinking water supplier.
  • Serve as U.S. water rights counsel for an international water investment company in the acquisition, development, and disposition of water rights assets, with a particular emphasis on Colorado water rights.
  • Represent a mining company developing a new potash project in acquisition of the largest non-governmental new water appropriations in Utah’s history.
Best Lawyers® Water Law 2018

Mark Hamilton (Aspen), Chris Thorne (Denver), Steven Vuyovich (SLC), Jody Williams (SLC)

Nationwide and State Practices: Chambers USA 2018

Recognized by Chambers USA 2018 in 33 practices including: Nationwide: Environment; Natural Resources & Environment; Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries

NATIONAL TIER 1: Environment Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"

Recognized in 2018 Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": National Tier 1 for Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental

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