The Water Law Review is pleased to announce the addition of a new Advisory Board member, Mr. Stephen H. Leonhardt, Esq.
Mr. Leonhardt is a shareholder with the law firm of Burns, Figa & Will, P.C., in Greenwood Village. Before joining Burns, Figa & Will, P.C., Mr. Leonhardt practiced law with Fairfield and Woods, P.C., in Denver from 1985 to 2002. He works primarily in the area of water law, as well as environmental and governmental law and related litigation, appeals, and transactions. Mr. Leonhardt represents public agencies and private parties on a variety of water and governmental matters. He has represented clients in hundreds of water court proceedings. He is an active member of the Colorado Water Congress and has represented the Water Congress and other clients in legal proceedings involving proposed ballot initiatives in Colorado.
Mr. Leonhardt grew up in Colorado Springs, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (B.S. with honors in Civil Engineering, 1982) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1985). He has spoken and written articles on water law issues and on the initiative and referendum process in Colorado. He co-authored The Public Trust Doctrine: What It Is, Where It Came From, And Why Colorado Does Not (And Should Not) Have One, 16 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 48 (2012), and a similar 1994 article. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Water Law since 2010. Mr. Leonhardt was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Colorado Bar Association from 1988 to 1996 and lectures frequently on issues of legal ethics in water law practice. He enjoys playing piano, hiking, fishing, travel, history, and baseball.
The Advisory Board is an invaluable source of support and guidance for the journal, and the staff and Editorial Board of the Water Law Review are excited to have a water professional of Mr. Leonhardt’s caliber join the ranks.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Leonhardt to the Water Law Review Advisory Board.