Water in the West is scarce and essential. Even before statehood, the territory of Colorado adopted the "prior appropriations doctrine" to allocate and administer this vital resource. The doctrine calls for the delivery of water to the most senior water users before juniors get a single drop, thus the maxim "first in time, first in right." In times of water scarcity the rule can have harsh impacts on the unprepared.
Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP specializes in water law, a practice involving the acquisition and adjudication of water rights, protection of water rights, real estate, land use, and environmental matters. We represent public entities, industrial corporations, reservoir companies, recreational organizations and individuals. Our attorneys are veterans and recognized leaders in the field, having tried over 200 cases in the Colorado Water Courts and over 35 cases in the Colorado Supreme Court.