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