Honors and Memberships

  1. Colorado Bar Association - Water Law Section
  2. Denver Bar Association
  3. 2011 Innovations in Water Law and Policy Award



​Education and Bar Admissions

  1. Admitted to practice before the bar of the State of Colorado, October 2012
  2. Juris Doctor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, May 2012; Study Abroad, UMKC/Peking University Beijing Program, May 2010
  3. Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Technical Communications, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, December 2003

John D. Buchanan

John D. Buchanan

Colorado Attorney Registration #45191​


Legal Experience

  1. Buchanan and Sperling, P.C., Arvada, Colorado, Associate, October 2012 – December 2015; Law Clerk, February 2012 - October 2012
  2. The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado - Harrison Fellow, Summer 2011
  3. Tianyuan Law Firm, Beijing, China, Extern, Foreign Investment Branch, Summer 2010


John’s law practice has focused on surface water rights, tributary groundwater rights and designated basin water rights. John represents municipal water suppliers and water project developers, as well as individual farmers and ditch and reservoir companies. John has litigation experience in the Colorado courts, including the Colorado Water Courts and the Colorado Supreme Court, and before the Colorado Ground Water Commission.