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Education

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2022)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (B.S., Agricultural Systems Management, 2016)

Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho

Maximilian C. Bricker
Associate
LinkedIn Bio

Maximilian “Max” Bricker represents public and private clients in Colorado, California, and Idaho across a range of water-related matters, from facilitating water rights transactions to assisting with legislation to litigating in Colorado water court. Prior to practicing water law, Max co-managed farming operations for his family’s 33-acre walnut orchard near Visalia, California. That real-world work experience shapes his understanding of the water supply challenges clients face amid varying climate conditions.

The Association of California Water Agencies awarded Max its 2021 Stephen K. Hall Water Law & Policy scholarship, given annually to a graduate student who is dedicated to working for a safe and stable water supply through sound water management policies. While at Sturm College of Law, Max was a staff editor and court reports editor for University of Denver Water Law Review.

Before law school, Max graduated from Cal Poly with degrees in Agricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business. He has served as the General Manager of Henry Miller Water District near Bakersfield, California, and worked for J.G. Boswell Company where he oversaw the installation and operation of various irrigation systems and participated in the preparation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans.

In his free time, Max enjoys playing and watching sports, finding the best places to eat, and traveling domestically and internationally with friends and family.

Representative Matters

Prosecute Colorado Water Court applications seeking conditional water rights or making conditional water rights absolute.

Assist with drafting Colorado legislation that became law regarding wastewater system issues with non-flushable wipes.

Draft and finalize water rights transaction agreements.

Draft easement agreements for access to water structures across neighboring lands.

Advise clients on water rights due diligence associated with land acquisitions.

Represent clients facing intra-ditch operational disputes.

Prosecute complaints in Idaho State Court regarding constitutional issues with water rights administration.

Represent the City of Pocatello in administrative matters involving the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Represent clients regarding contract dispute between neighbors over water deliveries.

Advise clients on compliance with California and federal laws and regulations, including regulations regarding PFAS.

Represent clients with wastewater discharges permitting before California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Represent Klamath Project irrigation districts in the State of Oregon’s Klamath Basin Adjudication.

Represent irrigation districts and growers in various federal litigation matters pertaining to the operation of the Klamath Reclamation Project.

Insights and Activities

  • Recipient, ACWA Stephen K. Hall Water Law & Policy scholarship, 2021
  • Editorial Board, University of Denver Water Law Review, Fall 2019 – Spring 2022
  • Selected Best Senior Project, Agricultural Systems Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2016 Class: “Crop Selection, Cost Analysis, and Irrigation System Design for the Replanting of a Nut Orchard”
  • Formerly Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist
  • Author, LEGISLATIVE REPORT, H.B. 2475, 54th Leg., Reg. Sess. (Ariz. 2019), 23 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 97 (2019)
  • Author, COURT REPORT, S. Dep’t Army Corps of Eng’rs v. City of Fort Peck445 P.3d 828 (Mont. 2019), 23 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 281 (2020)
  • Author, BOOK NOTE, Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 71 (2020)
  • Author, CONFERENCE REPORT: 41st Annual Colorado Law Conference On Natural Resources, 25 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 157 (2021)

Recent Articles

Idaho Court Rules that State-Operated Water Banks can Subordinate Water Users’ Storage Rights as a Condition of Participation

Background The Snake River rises in northwest Wyoming and crosses into Idaho near Heise, ID. In Idaho, Water District 01 (WD01) administers water rights, including storage rights, in the area ... Read More

An Update on Legal Matters Involving the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer

This alert provides a general overview of various pending matters that affect the interests of water users located within the boundaries of the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer (ESPA). All ... Read More

Senate Bill 389: California Legislature Considers Granting State Water Board Increased Authority

California Senate Bill 389 (SB 389) is a legislative effort to increase the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) authority over pre-1914 appropriative water rights and riparian water ... Read More

An Overview on PFAS Developments: From Legislation and Litigation to Municipal and Industry Responses

Federal and state legislatures and agencies have increasingly focused action to address concerns about the significant risks to human health and the environment from so-called “forever chemicals” known more widely ... Read More

Agencies in the West Attempt to Conserve Water Via Removal and Bans on Irrigation of Nonfunctional Turf

It is no secret that the Colorado River Basin, and the western United States generally, have been facing historically dry conditions this century. Federal, state, and local agencies across the ... Read More

Education

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2022)
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (B.S., Agricultural Systems Management, 2016)

Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho