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Trout Raley is proud to announce that for the second time, Bennett Raley has been named The Best Lawyers 2017 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Denver, Colorado.  Additionally, Mr. Raley was selected by his peers for the 9th time for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of Environmental and Water Law.

Peggy Montaño was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of Water Law.

Congratulations to Bennett Raley, named to 5280 Magazine's Denver's Top Lawyers, Water Section, for the second year in a row.  The list includes nearly 400 of the very best attorneys, in 49 specialties, in the Denver metro area. 

Our attorneys Peggy Montaño and Bennett Raley together with our firm client, Southwestern Water Conservation District, worked with a team of experts in the fields of engineering, permitting and economics to reach a comprehensive settlement with state, local and tribal parties to water rights litigation in Colorado’s Water District 7 concerning water rights which are key to the operation of the Animas La Plata Project (ALP Project). The ALP Project is a United States Bureau of Reclamation Project constructed to provide municipal and industrial water supplies to area water users in Colorado, on tribal lands and in New Mexico.  The settlement was reached after years of contentious litigation and protects existing and future users on the Animas and La Plata Rivers.


Help for clients with their natural resources and water rights

Established in 1992, Trout Raley Montano Freeman Sinor Thompson P.C., d/b/a Trout Raley and formerly known as Trout, Raley, Montano, Witwer & Freeman, P.C., concentrates its practice in the areas of water rights, natural resources and environmental law, water quality, public lands law, right of way acquisition, legislative matters and trials and appeals.  Trout Raley attorneys have represented a number of water providers in the acquisition and defense of rights to surface and ground water and participated in hundreds of cases before the Colorado Water Courts regarding the determination and change of water rights under Colorado law.  The firm’s experience includes both resource-related and general civil litigation in state and federal courts and representation of clients before state and federal agencies.

The attorneys at Trout Raley  have advised clients with respect to the implementation and enforcement of interstate compacts in a variety of river basins in the West. They also have significant experience in the environmental permitting and regulatory field under a broad range of federal and state laws, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Forest Management Act.

Many of the attorneys at Trout Raley are AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and the firm recently received a Tier One rating as a Best Law Firm for Colorado Environmental and Water Law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.  The firm's lawyers jointly authored Acquiring, Using, and Protecting Water in Colorado, a book available from Bradford Publishing.

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Contact Denver natural resource attorneys today at 303-861-1963.

Trout Raley
1120 Lincoln St., Suite 1600,
Denver, CO, 80203-2141 USA