Mr. Raley is an attorney with Trout, Raley, where his practice focuses on litigation and strategy related to the application of state and federal laws to public lands and water resources. He was an associate and then a partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs from 1983 to 1990. He served as Staff Counsel to United States Senator Hank Brown from 1991-1992; Chief Counsel, United States Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism & Property Rights during the 100 days of the 'Contract with America' in 1995; Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Mexico in Endangered Species Act litigation in the Middle Rio Grande from 1998-2000; and Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, Department of the Interior from 2001-2004. His experience on Senate Staff included the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. As Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Mr. Raley was the Administration's 'CalFed' representative, and he was the lead negotiator for the Department of the Interior in the Colorado River '4.4' and 'Quantification Settlement Agreement' negotiations. His recent work includes federal permitting for several large water projects, negotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation, representation of several Colorado water districts in ongoing Colorado River negotiations, and federal court litigation in federal district and appellate courts.


Colorado Courts
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the District of Arizona (pro hac vice)
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (pro hac vice)
United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Claims
United States Supreme Court

Law School Attended

University of Colorado, Class of 1983

University Attended

Colorado State University, Class of 1979

Associations and Memberships

Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association


Trout Raley Montaño Freeman Sinor Thompson P.C.


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Denver, Colorado 80203-2141