University of Colorado B.A. 1974
University of Colorado J.D. 1978

Admitted to practice in Colorado and in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Member of the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations

1986 - Present: Member, Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. - Practice encompassing water right adjudications and administration, real property, contracts, and environmental issues.

1985 - 1986: Trial attorney, law offices of John U. Carlson - Practice encompassing the same.

1982- 1984: First Assistant Attorney General, Water Rights Section, Colorado Attorney General's office. Supervising and participating in all phases of water rights work for the State of Colorado and its various departments, including preparation of legal advice for agencies, agency rule making proceedings, representation of the State Engineer in opposition to water rights adjudication proceedings, representation of state agencies in acquisition of water rights, adjudication of federal reserved water rights and Indian reserved water rights, preparation of proposed legislation, supervision of conduct of all cases on appeal and advising state representatives on interstate compact matters. In this capacity he also served as counsel to Colorado members, Arkansas River Compact Administration and counsel to Colorado Commissioner of the Rio Grande Compact Commission.

1979 - 1982: Assistant Attorney General, Water Rights Section, Colorado Attorney General's Office.


Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colo. Water Conservancy Dist. v. OXY USA, 990 P.2d 701 (Colo. 1999).

American Water Development, Inc. v. City of Alamosa, et al., 874 P.2d 352 (Colo. 1994).

Danielson v. Jones, 698 P.2d 240 (Colo. 1985).

Alamosa - LaJara Water Users Protection Ass'n v. Gould, 674 P.2d 914 (Colo. 1984).

State of Colorado v. Southwestern Colorado Water Conservation District, 671 P.2d 1294 (Colo. 1983).

Danielson v. Amity Mutual Irrigation Co., 668 P.2d 1368 (Colo. 1983).

Rio Grande Canal Water Users Association v. Starkey, Colorado Court of Appeals, 1989. Decision not selected for official publication.


"The Rio Gande Compact of 1938" 5 Water Law Review 1 (2001)

"The Rio Grande Convention of 1906, A Brief History of an International and Interstate Apportionment of the Rio Grande," University of Denver Law Journal, 287 (1999)

"Development of Winning Strategies in Complex Water Cases," published in Colorado Water Rights in Conflict, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Cambridge Institute, March, 1997.

"Presentation of New and Updated Scientific Technology in Judicial Proceedings," published in the proceedings of the American Consulting Engineers Council Seminar on Evapotranspiration and Irrigation Efficiency, October 1995.

"Practical Considerations for Effective Use of Experts and Computer Models in Complex Groundwater Litigation," published in Uncovering the Hidden Resource: Groundwater Law and Policy in the 1990's, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, June 1992.

"A Selective Comparison - The Role of the State Engineer in the Determination of Water Rights in Five Western States," co-authored with William A. Hillhouse, III, published by Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., May 1990.

"The New Dam Safety and Dam Construction Regulations," published in The Colorado Lawyer, June 1989.

"Nontributary Ground Water: A Continuing Dilemma," published in Tradition, Innovation and Conflict: Perspectives on Colorado Water Law (University of Colorado School of Law) 1986.

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