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Harvey W. Curtis

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Practice Areas
Water Law; Water Rights; Irrigation Law; Environmental Permitting; Wetlands Regulation; Drainage Law; Real Estate Contracts; Real Estate Development; Land Use; Water Districts


Admitted: 1977, Colorado and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


Law School: University of Colorado at Boulder, J.D.


Member: Denver, Colorado (Member, Professionalism Committee, Chairman, Convention Committee, 1991-1992; Member, Environmental, Water, Real Estate, Corporate and Mineral Law Sections), Douglas County and American (Member, Sections on: Environment; Resources and Energy Law Litigation; Real Property; Trust and Estate Law) Bar Associations.


Biography: Order of the Coif; Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Eta Sigma. Member, University of Colorado Law Review, 1975-1976. Rothgerber Appellate Moot Court Finalist. Recipient: Folsom Award; United States Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service. Co-Author: “The Anti-Speculation Doctrine Extended to Change of Water Rights Cases: A New Dilemma for Water Rights Owners” University of Denver Water Law Review, Volume 9, Issue 2, Spring 2006; “Water Law,” Annual Survey of Colorado Law, 1985-1994. Member, Board of Editors, Annual Survey of Colorado Law, 1995-1999


Birthplace: Ottumwa, Iowa



Cases: Centennial Water & Sanitation District v. City and County of Broomfield, Case No. 2009SA213 (2011); City & County of Broomfield v. Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Co., 239 P.3d 1270 (Colo. 2010); City and County of Broomfield v. Farmers Reservoir and Irr. Co., 235 P.3d 296 (Colo. 2010); City of Black Hawk v. City of Central, 97 P.3d 951 (Colo. 2004); Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Co. v. Consolidated Mutual Water Co., 33 P.3d 799 (Colo. 2001); Water Supply and Storage Co. v. Curtis, 733 P.2d 680 (Colo. 1987); Page v. Clark, 592 P.2d 792 (Colo. 1979).

HARVEY W. CURTIS has been licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado since 1977.  Mr. Curtis specializes in water law, real estate, natural resources and environmental law.  He has served as special counsel regarding water matters to the City of Broomfield since 1981 and to the City of Black Hawk beginning in 1992.  His work includes representation of landowners, municipalities, and others in water rights and  real estate litigation, acquisition and development.  Mr. Curtis also has considerable experience in land use, including platting, zoning, planned unit developments, and special use permits.  He has served as special county attorney for Summit County, Colorado, regarding land use litigation.  Mr. Curtis served as Chairman of the Colorado Bar Association’s 1992 Convention Committee.  He co-authored the Annual Survey of Colorado Water Law from 1985 through 1994.  After graduating from Iowa State University, Mr. Curtis worked four years as an engineer before attending the University of Colorado School of Law.  Mr. Curtis has participated in many Colorado Water Court change cases, both as the proponents’ attorney, and as the opposers’ attorney.