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portrait of attorney Kristin H. Moseley with a waterfall background

Areas

Education

  • University of Colorado Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1991)

Admissions

  • Colorado

Kristin H. Moseley
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Kristin Moseley’s practice has focused on water rights law and water-related legislation for 25 years, primarily for municipal, resort, ranch, and energy clients in the Colorado River headwaters.  She has a proven track record of creating solutions for clients in the complex and challenging environment of western water law and policy.

Among Kristin’s achievements, she has spearheaded significant legislation on water issues at the Colorado State Capitol, including several bills with Speaker of the House and Senate President.  She has successfully argued before the Colorado Supreme Court and presently serves as a Special Assistant Colorado Attorney General in her role as water rights counsel for the state’s two flagship universities.

Prior to joining the firm in 2021, Kristin was a partner at Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP in Boulder.  Beyond her water law practice, Kristin is the immediate past president of a safety net human services non-profit, Emergency Family Assistance Association, which operates a food bank, 50-plus workforce housing units, and children’s programming.

Kristin lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two children.  She loves spending time in the mountains with her family skiing, hiking and floating on rivers.

Representative Matters

Clients include municipalities, special districts, ski resorts, ranches, homeowners’ associations, energy corporations, conservation organizations, nonprofits, and universities.

Representation of clients in hundreds of Water Court proceedings and other district court litigation, administrative law hearings, and before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Significant legislative experience in successfully moving forward state and federal water related legislation, including substantial work with the Colorado Speaker of the House, the Senate Agricultural Committee and the Colorado Governor’s office.

Instrumental in passage of the Colorado Water Rights Protection Act (Colorado House Bill 16-1109), Promotion of Water Conservation Acts (Colorado Senate Bill 13-019 and House Bill 17-1233), and Referee Ruling Standards (Colorado House Bill 17-1109).

Insights and Activities

  • Speaker, Alternative Transfer Mechanism Legislative Alternatives, Colorado Water Law Conference, CLE International, Snowmass, CO, June 8, 2018
  • Speaker, Colorado Ski Area Water Rights Presentation, Colorado Water Congress – POND Presentation, Winter Park, CO, February, 2017
  • Member, State Affairs Committee and Federal Affairs Committee, Colorado Water Law Congress, (2012-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors (2015-present); Past President (2020-2021); Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (2020-present), Emergency Family Assistance Foundation
  • Member, Alumni Board and Admissions Committee, University of Colorado School of Law (2018-present)

Education

  • University of Colorado Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1991)

Admissions

  • Colorado