Attorneys Peter C. Johnson Special Counsel
Mr. Johnson practices water law, with a focus on water rights litigation. Mr. Johnson joined the firm in 2013 after three years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Attorney General’s office.
Mr. Johnson’s practice involves a wide range of water rights matters, including augmentation plans, changes of water rights (including conditional water rights, absolute water rights, and transmountain water rights), adjudication of absolute and conditional water rights, adjudication and protection of instream flow rights, water rights transactions and associated real estate transactions, water rights title examinations and appraisals, conservation transactions, public financing of water projects, declaratory actions, administrative rulemaking, rotational fallowing projects, licensing and enforcement of well contractors, and compliance with well construction rules and regulations. Mr. Johnson has litigated cases in several Colorado District Courts, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.
As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Johnson’s practice consisted almost entirely of water rights litigation for the State and Division Engineers, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, the Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors, and the Colorado Department of Corrections. Prior to his work as an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Johnson was a judicial law clerk to Chief District Court Judge Stephen J. Schapanski and District Court Judge Devin R. Odell in the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado.
Mr. Johnson received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Johnson was active in a number of extracurricular pursuits, working as a staff editor for the University of Denver Water Law Review and serving as the President of the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society, as well as interning at the Nature Conservancy, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and the Colorado Water Trust. During his last year of law school, Mr. Johnson served as a law clerk for the water attorneys at another Colorado firm.