Michael A. Kopp is an Shareholder with the Denver law firm of Trout Raley.  Mr. Kopp’s practice focuses on water and environmental law,  including  a  United States Supreme Court original action, federal  environmental  litigation and state water rights adjudications. Mr. Kopp has experience representing public and private clients, including  the  Northern  Colorado  Water  Conservancy District, before the state  and  federal  courts.

Legal Experience

Trout Raley, Colorado

Shareholder (2022) and Associate Attorney (2013 - 2021). Natural resources  firm with emphasis in water and environmental law and litigation. Represents a variety of clients including water conservancy districts, municipal corporations, farmers, and real estate developers in both state and federal litigation. Since 2013, Mr. Kopp has worked with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office on interstate compact litigation before the United States Supreme Court.

Judicial Clerk (2012) 

Clerk for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Judicial Clerk (2011) 

Clerk for the Honorable Laurie Booras of the Colorado Court of Appeals. 

Relevant Publications and Presentations
Colorado Water Law, Speaker, CATA Annual Conference (2022-present)

Awards and Acknowledgments

Listed in Best Lawyers® Ones-to-Watch for Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law since 2021.


Colorado Courts
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (pro hac vice)
United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court

Law School Attended

University of Colorado Law School, Class of 2010

University Attended

Eastern Illinois University, Class of 2000, cum laude
St. John's College, Santa Fe, Class of 2003
University of Colorado, Class of 2010

Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association (member of Young Lawyers Division)
Colorado Bar Association (member of Water and Environmental Law Section)
Denver Bar Association


Trout Raley Montaño Freeman Sinor Thompson P.C.


1120 N Lincoln Street,
Suite 1600,
Denver, Colorado 80203-2141