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Education

  • Vermont Law School (J.D., 2020)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 2015)

Admissions

  • Colorado

Ryan J. Mitchell
Associate
LinkedIn Bio

Ryan Mitchell assists public and private entities in securing and protecting reliable access to water resources. His legal practice with firm client teams includes work in Colorado’s water courts, transactional and diligence matters outside of court, and regional work at the federal level involving interstate waters and administrative agency law.

Ryan began his legal career by clerking for the U.S Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, where he handled various water, environmental, tribal, and wildlife issues. Upon graduating law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Montana 13th Judicial District, where he experienced everything from complex civil litigation to contested probates to homicides. Prior to joining Somach Simmons & Dunn, Ryan worked with a western Colorado law firm where he routinely assisted in acquiring and defending water rights, and planning and developing water supplies. He has represented a wide array of clients from water conservancy districts to HOAs to ski areas.

While attending Vermont Law School, Ryan was an Articles Editor for the Vermont Law Review and Legal Writing Fellow.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys the outdoors by camping, skiing, and running

Insights and Activities

  • Editor, Vermont Law Review
  • Author, Nonlegislative Rules Need Scrutiny Too: The Curious Case of the Appropriate Care Standard, 26 HASTINGS ENVTL. L.J. 47 (2020)

Recent Articles

Understanding Calls in Colorado and Avoiding Water Cuts in a Year of Drought

“First in time, first in right” is the old adage underpinning the prior appropriations doctrine. Stated more fully, a person that diverts water from a stream and applies it to ... Read More

You Have a Water Right, but You're Far from the River...

In conjunction with America’s early westward expansion and the development of the prior appropriation doctrine, Western states developed specific private rights of condemnation for water conveyance structures (also known as ... Read More

Colorado Supreme Court Certifies the State Engineer’s Enforcement Authority Over Substitute Water Supply Plans

On May 1, 2023, the Colorado Supreme Court defined the State Engineer’s authority to enforce terms and conditions of Substitute Water Supply Plans (SWSP). SWSPs are a common tool to ... Read More

Education

  • Vermont Law School (J.D., 2020)
  • Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 2015)

Admissions

  • Colorado