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Laws Surrounding Water Rights in Colorado

Experienced management of complex issues

Because water is a limited resource, establishment of surface and groundwater rights can be integral to the sustainability of commercial projects in the Rocky Mountain Region. The lawyers at Trout Raley are adept negotiators of water rights and seasoned litigators in Water Court for over 20 years. In their practitioners’ handbook Acquiring, Using, and Protecting Water in Colorado, the firm’s attorneys demonstrate their depth of experience in this field by examining water rights issues such as temporary water use agreements and conservation easements, among other environmental topics.

Colorado water rights law

Where water rights are infringed or water quality is impaired, litigation may be necessary for protection. Water use law is a detailed area most efficiently practiced by lawyers with actual experience in the field and a reputation for success. Rights may need to be enforced before a range of bodies or tribunals, including the state environmental regulators, local agencies, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and other agencies. Litigation is not a first choice, but Water Court is usually the most effective venue to resolve these disputes. Not limited to private clients, the firm also represents public agencies on the complex range of water law regulations in Colorado and New Mexico, including registration statements, water claim filing, priority dates and strategic planning.

The leading Colorado water law firm

Trout Raley is one of the pre-eminent Colorado water rights law firms. Current Colorado Supreme Court Justice and renowned water law attorney Greg Hobbs was one of the original founders of the firm, establishing a high standard of legal acumen in this area of practice that is apparent in all of the firm’s lawyers. Two partners were named the Best Lawyers® in water law in the United States. In addition, several of the firm’s attorneys carry AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell®, confirming the superior level of service offered by the firm.

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Providing experienced water rights representation in Colorado

The firm’s AV® rated lawyers have outstanding success records and are dedicated to providing premium-level service to its clients. Contact Trout Raley today at 303.861.1963 or online to schedule a meeting by telephone or video conference. The office is conveniently located in central Denver.