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  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law Native American Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Oil and Gas Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah Bend, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Bend, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Water Law Environmental Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
Joseph Z. "Joe" Fleming  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joseph Z. "Joe" Fleming

Joseph Z. Fleming, PA
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Labor and Employment Sports Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Real Estate Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Aspen, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California Reno, Nevada Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Mining Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Native American Law Environmental Law Municipal Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Water Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Environmental Law Mining Law Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Water Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Water Law Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Government Relations Practice Natural Resources Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Commercial Litigation Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Energy Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law Environmental Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Native American Law Natural Resources Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Agriculture Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law

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Practice Area Definition

Water Law Definition

Water law is a complex combination of common law and statutory law and implementing regulations. This body of law can generally be divided into two substantive areas: rights to use water and restrictions on pollution of water.

Water use law practice starts at the fundamental level with the rights of owners of property abutting a surface water, i.e. riparian owners, to use water without unreasonably interfering with the rights of other riparian owners. This can involve both withdrawing and using water or diverting the flow of surface water. The withdrawal of groundwater is also regulated where necessary to avoid overuse of aquifers. A body of state statutes and regulations regulates certain uses of water, such as transfers of water from one river basin to another, withdrawal of groundwater from overused aquifers, impoundment of water, and construction of wells. In addition, the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act regulates the treatment of water by water supply systems.

Water pollution law practice is an extraordinarily complex area of common law and regulatory programs. It can involve areas of common law such as nuisance, trespass, and negligence, but more often it involves an interwoven and overlapping network of federal and state statutes and regulations. A partial list includes state laws regulating surface water discharges from point sources; sedimentation and erosion; stormwater runoff; land uses in nutrient-sensitive waters and water supply watersheds; and sources of groundwater pollution. Federal regulatory programs include regulation of wetlands and construction in navigable waters and establishment of total maximum daily loads in highly polluted surface water bodies.

Clients in this area of practice include local governments, utilities, private developers, and industries seeking to build or expand water supply and waste treatment facilities, or engaging in large land development projects involving wetlands, stormwater controls, and water-dependent uses such as docks and marinas.

Representation of such clients frequently involves compliance counseling to obtain agency permits, and sometimes includes administrative litigation when the agency denies approval or when another person challenges an approval. Water law practice also can involve litigation in court, sometimes in the form of appeals of agency decisions, penalties or orders and sometimes private party claims based on nuisance, negligence, trespass, interference with riparian rights, or citizens’ suits to address alleged violations of regulatory requirements.

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Water law is a complex combination of common law and statutory law and implementing regulations. This body of law can generally be divided into two substantive areas: rights to use water and restrictions on pollution of water.

Water use law practice starts at the fundamental level with the rights of owners of property abutting a surface water, i.e. riparian owners, to use water without unreasonably interfering with the rights of other riparian owners. This can involve both withdrawing and using water or diverting the flow of surface water. The withdrawal of groundwater is also regulated where necessary to avoid overuse of aquifers. A body of state statutes and regulations regulates certain uses of water, such as transfers of water from one river basin to another, withdrawal of groundwater from overused aquifers, impoundment of water, and construction of wells. In addition, the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act regulates the treatment of water by water supply systems.

Water pollution law practice is an extraordinarily complex area of common law and regulatory programs. It can involve areas of common law such as nuisance, trespass, and negligence, but more often it involves an interwoven and overlapping network of federal and state statutes and regulations. A partial list includes state laws regulating surface water discharges from point sources; sedimentation and erosion; stormwater runoff; land uses in nutrient-sensitive waters and water supply watersheds; and sources of groundwater pollution. Federal regulatory programs include regulation of wetlands and construction in navigable waters and establishment of total maximum daily loads in highly polluted surface water bodies.

Clients in this area of practice include local governments, utilities, private developers, and industries seeking to build or expand water supply and waste treatment facilities, or engaging in large land development projects involving wetlands, stormwater controls, and water-dependent uses such as docks and marinas.

Representation of such clients frequently involves compliance counseling to obtain agency permits, and sometimes includes administrative litigation when the agency denies approval or when another person challenges an approval. Water law practice also can involve litigation in court, sometimes in the form of appeals of agency decisions, penalties or orders and sometimes private party claims based on nuisance, negligence, trespass, interference with riparian rights, or citizens’ suits to address alleged violations of regulatory requirements.