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September 1, 2022  |  Written by Somach Simmons & Dunn

Colorado Shareholder Sarah Klahn Named Boulder's Water Law "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Edition

We’re pleased to announce that shareholders Stuart Somach and Sarah Klahn have been recognized among the top lawyers nationwide in The Best Lawyers in America 2023. Inclusion is considered a singular honor, as Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey, and attorneys are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Sarah Klahn was named the Best Lawyers 2023 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Boulder

Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Sarah has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Water Law since 2008. Last year, she was named Denver’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Water Law.


Founding shareholder Stuart Somach has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for the 29th year

His recognitions on the list include:

  • Lawyer of the Year, Water Law, Sacramento (2019, 2016, 2011)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Natural Resources Law, Sacramento (2014)
  • Natural Resources Law (since 1995)
  • Water Law (since 2007)
  • Energy Law (since 2009)

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, more than 10.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 66,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

Somach Simmons & Dunn is one of the largest boutique water law firms in the West, with offices in Sacramento, California, Colorado and the District of Columbia. The firm’s attorneys represent public and private sector clients across a range of water, air, and land disciplines, including litigation, transactional and public policy matters.

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