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Overview and Experience

Jeff Kahn has been representing clients at Lyons Gaddis in water matters since 1985. Jeff has dedicated his professional career to assisting clients solve their water-related problems. He has assisted municipality special districts, water conservancy districts, irrigation companies, landowners and developers. His clients have benefited from his expertise in completing transactions, and his representation in water court. Jeff has been practicing water law in Colorado for over 35 years.

Jeff represents clients in water court and in water related transactions. He assists clients in solving complex water supply issues. His clients include municipal water providers, special districts, water conservancy districts, ditch and reservoir companies, and developers.

Jeff is a frequent speaker on water issues. In 2018 he has presented at the preconference to  the Colorado Water Congress Convention, at the Ditch and Reservoir Company conference, at the tArkansas Basin Water Forum and at the Colorado Bar Association Water Law 201 program.

During his tenure at the firm, Jeff drafted the nontributary rules for the State of Colorado and assisted the promulgation of those rules, represented the St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District and other clients in the trial of the United States Forest Service claims for reserved instream flows in the South Platte River basin, and represented several local governments resisting the claims for export of water from Park County. Recently Jeff has represented clients in complex water right acquisitions.

While at the Colorado Attorney General's office, Jeff specialized in water rights litigation and water related transactions, representing a variety of state agencies. He represented the state in several precedent setting appellate cases.

Jeff’s experience includes working for the State of Colorado in drafting and assisting in the promulgation of the nontributary ground water rules. His trial and appellate work at Lyons Gaddis includes the following reported cases: Aurora v. State Engineer, 105 P.2d 595 (Colo. 2005) (standards for augmentation plan); Board of County Commissioners v. Park County Sportsmen’s Ranch, LLP, 45 P.3d 693 (Colo. 2002) (standards for conjunctive use project); Park County Sportsmen’s Ranch, LLP v. Bargas, 986 P.2d 262 (Colo. 1999) (interpretation of non-tributary ground water law); South Adams County Water and Sanitation District v. Broe Land Co., 812 P.2d 1161 (Colo. 1991) (determination of priorities in adjudication); and Zigan Sand & Gravel, Inc. v. Cache La Poudre Water Users, 758 P.2d 175 (Colo. 1988) (requirement to replace evaporation from gravel pits).

Phone: (303) 776-9900
Fax: (303) 776-9100
Email: jkahn@lyonsgaddis.com


Water Law