Parsons Behle & Latimer brings decades of in-depth experience when representing clients in water rights and water quality issues


It is has been said that water is the lifeblood of the West. The Water practice team at Parsons Behle & Latimer is focused on protecting and facilitating use of this essential resource. Our attorneys include specialists in both water rights and water quality who are prepared to represent your interests before state agencies and before the courts.

Our Water practice team members have years of experience practicing before the Utah State Engineer, the Division of Drinking Water, the Division of Water Quality and the Public Service Commission. Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing water clients before the state and federal courts.


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Defended Against 362 Water Law Claims

In coordination with the State of Idaho and other objectors, assisted in defending against 362 claims filed by the United States and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and that risked the water supply for residents and businesses in the Coeur d’Alene Spokane River Basin.

Nevada Gold Mines, LLC

Represented Nevada Gold Mines, LLC as lead counsel against the Pershing County Water Conservation District who contended that priority water rights had been negatively impacted by the State Engineer’s alleged improper actions regarding water appropriations and conjunctive management of water rights in the Humboldt River Basin. After years of litigation, the District agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice.

SUEZ Water Customer Group

Represented SUEZ Water Customer Group, a non-profit association of residential and commercial customers, in reaching a settlement to reduce a proposed 22.3% rate increase to 8.75% phased in over two years.


Water Rights

Parsons Behle & Latimer's practice team is focused on helping clients secure and maximize the beneficial use of their water rights. We assist clients with the planning of water projects from due diligence through construction and financing, including federal reclamation projects. Our attorneys have expertise in dealing with unique water right issues associated with municipalities, water companies, local districts and irrigation companies.

Water Resources

Parsons Behle & Latimer's team of attorneys can assist in the development of new water resource projects and also in the protection and enhancement of existing projects. Whether it is Bureau of Reclamation transferred works, water delivery infrastructure owned by individual water purveyors or hydroelectric projects, Parsons has attorneys ready to assist in virtually every facet of water project development, repair and rehabilitation.