Timothy R. Buchanan

Colorado Attorney Registration #12185

Legal Experience

  1. Buchanan and Sperling, P.C., Arvada, Colorado, September 2007 – December 2015

  2. Timothy R. Buchanan, P.C., Arvada, Colorado, June 1988 - August 2007

  3. Allbright & Buchanan, P.C., Denver, Colorado, January 1987 - June 1988

  4. Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., Boulder, Colorado, June 1980 - January 1987. Associate, October 1982 – January 1987; Law Clerk, June 1980 – October 1982.

Tim’s legal practice has emphasized water rights, water rights title, water quality and real property. Tim also has experience with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. He has litigated cases in Colorado courts, including the Colorado Water Courts, before the Colorado Ground Water Commission, and has prosecuted appeals and arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Tim’s clients include municipal water suppliers and water project developers, as well as individual farmers and ditch and reservoir companies. He has assisted those clients in acquiring water rights, has litigated to protect water rights from contrary claims and potential water quality impairment, and has investigated and rendered opinions regarding title to water rights. He has also represented clients in stream and reservoir water quality standard settings proceedings, and in state discharge permit processes. His administrative agency practice includes rulemaking and adjudicatory hearings before the Colorado Ground Water Commission, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, the Colorado Water Quality Control Division and the Colorado State Engineer.

Representative appellate cases argued by Tim include:

  1. Empire Lodge Homeowners' Ass. v. Moyer, 39 P.3d 1139 (Colo. 2002)
  2. Gallegos v. Colorado Ground Water Com'n, 147 P.3d 20 (Colo. 2006) 
  3. Central Colo. Water Conservancy District v. City of Greeley, 147 P.3d 9 (Colo. 2006)


  1. The Colorado Bar Association Water Law Section and Agricultural Law Section


  1. Guest Lecturer, University of Colorado School of Law
  2. Guest Lecturer, Colorado Farm Land Institute
  3. Guest Speaker, National Farmers Union National Convention
  4. Guest Speaker, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Convention
  5. Guest Speaker, various real estate and title organizations regarding contracting and conveyancing of water rights
  6. National Farmers Union Policy Drafting Committee
  7. Outstanding Senior Civil Engineering Student Award
  8. Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
  9. Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society

Education and Bar Admissions

  1. Admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Colorado, October 1982
  2. Admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of Colorado, October 1982
  3. Juris Doctor, University of Colorado at Boulder, May 1982
  4. Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of Colorado at Boulder, May 1979, with a Major in Civil Engineering

Timothy R. Buchanan