Leila Behnampour

Leila Behnampour joined the Firm in 2018 after practicing several years at two prominent water law firms on the Front Range. Leila began her law career by clerking for the Honorable James F. Hartmann, who is the Water Judge for Water Division 1 and the Chief Judge for the 19th Judicial District. Leila brings to the Firm expertise in water law, administrative law, property law, and local government law.

Leila Behnampour joined the Firm in 2018 after practicing several years at two prominent water law firms on the Front Range. Leila began her law career by clerking for the Honorable James F. Hartmann, who is the Water Judge for Water Division 1 and the Chief Judge for the 19th Judicial District. Leila brings to the Firm expertise in water law, administrative law, property law, and local government law.

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Legal Experience: Less
Legal Experience:

Associate Attorney ~ 2012 – 2018

Vranesh and Raisch, LLP,

Boulder, CO

Associate Attorney ~ 2012 – 2018

Vranesh and Raisch, LLP,

Boulder, CO

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  • Represented municipalities, special districts, groundwater management districts, ditch companies, and individuals in Water Court, civil courts, before administrative agencies, and on various transactional matters

  • Represented municipalities, special districts, groundwater management districts, ditch companies, and individuals in Water Court, civil courts, before administrative agencies, and on various transactional matters

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Associate Attorney ~ 2011 – 2012

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, LLC, 

Denver, CO

Associate Attorney ~ 2011 – 2012

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, LLC, 

Denver, CO

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  • Represented municipalities, ditch companies, and individuals in all phases of the Water Court process


  • Represented municipalities, ditch companies, and individuals in all phases of the Water Court process


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Water Law Clerk, Water Division 1 ~ 2010 – 2011

Hon. James F. Hartmann, Chief Judge, Nineteenth Judicial District, 
Greeley, CO

Water Law Clerk, Water Division 1 ~ 2010 – 2011

Hon. James F. Hartmann, Chief Judge, Nineteenth Judicial District, 
Greeley, CO

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  • Researched and wrote legal memoranda and opinions in water and civil matters

  • Researched and wrote legal memoranda and opinions in water and civil matters

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Practice Areas Less
Practice Areas
EducationLess
Education
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR
J.D. May 2010; Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
B.A. Politics; Studio Art minor, May 2002
Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR
J.D. May 2010; Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
B.A. Politics; Studio Art minor, May 2002
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Honors, Awards, and Activities Less
Honors, Awards, and Activities

Law Review: Environmental Law, Associate Editor 2009 – 2010 

Northwest Water Law Symposium, Content Subcommittee Chair 2009 

Pro Bono Award 

Boulder Bar Association, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Co-Chair

Law Review: Environmental Law, Associate Editor 2009 – 2010 

Northwest Water Law Symposium, Content Subcommittee Chair 2009 

Pro Bono Award 

Boulder Bar Association, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Co-Chair

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Professional Memberships Less
Professional Memberships
  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Water Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

  • Colorado Water Congress State Affairs Committee

  • Ground Water Management Districts Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Water Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association

  • Colorado Water Congress State Affairs Committee

  • Ground Water Management Districts Association

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Representative Matters:Less
Representative Matters:
  • Represented multiple clients as applicants in Water Court to obtain new water rights, augmentation plans, exchanges, and maintain diligence on decreed water rights

  • Represented multiple clients as opposers in Water Court to protect vested water rights

  • Acted as general counsel for several ground water management districts

  • Represented several ground water management districts in rulemaking proceedings, including the development of rules and policy to protect water resources

  • Represented clients in various administrative proceedings before State agencies

  • Assisted clients in obtaining well permits from the State Engineer’s Office

  • Completed water rights title opinions

  • Assisted clients in the purchase and sale of water rights

  • Assisted clients in responding to requests made under the Colorado Open Records Act 

  • Represented multiple clients as applicants in Water Court to obtain new water rights, augmentation plans, exchanges, and maintain diligence on decreed water rights

  • Represented multiple clients as opposers in Water Court to protect vested water rights

  • Acted as general counsel for several ground water management districts

  • Represented several ground water management districts in rulemaking proceedings, including the development of rules and policy to protect water resources

  • Represented clients in various administrative proceedings before State agencies

  • Assisted clients in obtaining well permits from the State Engineer’s Office

  • Completed water rights title opinions

  • Assisted clients in the purchase and sale of water rights

  • Assisted clients in responding to requests made under the Colorado Open Records Act 

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Publication and Professional Lectures: Less
Publication and Professional Lectures:

Reforming a Western Institution: How Expanding the Productivity of Water Rights Could Lessen Our Water Woes, 41 ENVTL. L. 1 (2011)

American Ground Water Trust Conference, Denver, CO, 2016 and 2017

Reforming a Western Institution: How Expanding the Productivity of Water Rights Could Lessen Our Water Woes, 41 ENVTL. L. 1 (2011)

American Ground Water Trust Conference, Denver, CO, 2016 and 2017

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Personal: Less
Personal:

When not at work, Leila enjoys mountain biking, trail running, Nordic skiing, and spending time outside with her husband and two young children. 

When not at work, Leila enjoys mountain biking, trail running, Nordic skiing, and spending time outside with her husband and two young children. 

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