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Chris Thorne represents energy companies, real estate developers, industrial water users, agricultural water users, and municipal water providers in virtually all types of water related transactions, and in litigation matters and related administrative proceedings involving the adjudication of water rights, changes of water rights, complex plans for augmentation, and water rights disputes.

With more than two decades of experience in Western water law, Chris represents clients in virtually all types of commercial transactions involving water rights, including water supply agreements for energy generation and industrial projects (including oil and gas facilities); development of water supplies for residential and resort developments; and water rights acquisitions/leases. He also represents clients in state and federal courts, including in Colorado’s Water Courts, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court

Chris has wide-ranging experience litigating recreational water rights claims and advocating for his clients in legislative processes. Additionally, he advises on environmental compliance matters and environmental litigation under the Clean Water Act and other federal environmental programs.


  • Water rights
  • Water transactions
  • Energy project development
  • Water rights litigation
  • Clean Water Act
  • Land development


Sukcesy i wyróżnienia

  • Listed, 5280 The Denver Magazine, “Top Lawyers, Water Law,” 2020
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Water Law, 2011-2022
  • Member, Colorado Water Congress, State Affairs Committee, 2005-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1991-Present
    • Member, Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section, 1991-Present
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 1990-Present
    • Member, Water Law Section, 1990-Present
  • Chairman, Town of Berthoud Planning & Zoning Commission, 2000-2014


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Colorado College, 1986
Posiadane uprawnienia
  • Colorado