Robert W. Marshall

Robert W.Marshall
Of Counsel

Robert Marshall was born on April 12, 1933. He attended Stanford University where he earned his AB Degree in Pre Law in 1955 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Stanford Law School in 1957. He is a member of the Nevada and California bars. Mr. Marshall joined the Reno law firm of Vargas Dillon and Bartlett in 1958. In 1994 he, together with four other attorneys from the Vargas firm joined with the firm of Hill, Cassas & DeLipkau to form the Reno firm of Marshall, Hill, Cassas & DeLipkau. In 2006, Marshall, Hill, Cassas & DeLipkau merged with the Salt Lake City firm of Parsons, Behle & Latimer where Mr. Marshall became Of Counsel. Mr. Marshall has, since the early 1970s, concentrated his practice in the areas of Nevada and Colorado River water law, public utilities law, mining law and, to some extent, municipal law. He formed both the Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Large Power User groups, which included most of the large mines and hotel casinos in the state, and represented them before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and before the courts in rate and electric utility industry restructuring matters.

Mr. Marshall represented the City of Henderson, Nevada in obtaining a 15,878-acre foot water entitlement in the Colorado River from the U. S. Secretary of the Interior. He represented the City of Henderson in water and public utility matters for over 24 years. Mr. Marshall was one of the principal drafters of the Interlocal Agreement which formed the Southern Nevada Water Authority in 1991 which he subsequently represented before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. He prepared the inter-local agreement, which formed the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, the members of which are the City of Las Vegas, the City of Henderson, the City of North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Clark County. In 2002, Mr. Marshall formed the Clean Water Coalition, a public agency consisting of the City of Las Vegas, the City of Henderson, the city of North Las Vegas and the Clark County Water Reclamation District, which are the owners and operators of the four sewage treatment facilities in the Las Vegas Valley. Mr. Marshall was asked to serve as C.W.C. general counsel, a position he held until the agency was dissolved in 2013 because of the recession.

Mr. Marshall sued the State of Nevada to stop an attempted State grab of the C.W.C.’s funds for State general fund use. He was successful in obtaining a unanimous State Supreme Court decision in May 2011 that held it was unconstitutional for the State to take local agency funds from local people and apply to State general fund purposes.

Mr. Marshall currently represents numerous firms and individuals, including ranchers in water matters. Since the mid 1980’s Mr. Marshall has represented the onion drying plant at Brady Hot Spring, northeast of Fernley, Nevada in geothermal, water and environmental matters.

Mr. Marshall is the founder of Intermountain Water Supply, Ltd., a family company, which has put together a municipal water project north of Reno which encompasses three hydrographic basins. The project will produce and deliver approximately 3,550 acre feet of water for municipal use in the valleys north of the Reno area. This project has involved change applications from agricultural to municipal use, inter-basin transfers of water, many State Engineer permits, a full environmental impact statement, easements over private ground and right-of-way grants over BLM ground as well as an archaeological review and a special use permit.


Practice Areas



Stanford University Law School (J.D., 1957)

Stanford University (A.B. degree in Pre-Law, 1955)


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating


California (Inactive)


Stanford Law School