Attorneys

  • Jerry W. Raisch

    Partner - Jerry represents municipalities and industries in complying with federal and state water quality requirements. He has a B.S. degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and Environmental Law Section. He has served as Chairman of the Water Policy Committee of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry since 1985 and has been an active participant in the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado Mining Association in water quality matters. Prior to his partnership in Vranesh and Raisch, he was an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VIII from 1972 to 1978 serving as its Acting Regional Counsel in 1977-78. Jerry is a Colorado Bar Fellow, and is listed in the "Best Lawyers of America" and Colorado "Super Lawyers."

  • Eugene J. Riordan

    Partner - Gene's practice focuses on environmental issues with an emphasis on solid and hazardous waste, water quality, and wetland matters. Particularly helpful in Gene's work is his engineering background. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and is a licensed civil engineer with three years of engineering design and management experience. Additionally, Gene earned his PhD. in water resources planning and management from Colorado State University. Gene understands the physical systems that are regulated by environmental laws and is able to communicate directly with the technical experts about these systems. Gene has used this to his advantage in negotiating environmental permits and consent agreements with the regulatory agencies for a broad range of municipal and private clients.

  • Paul J. Zilis

    Partner - Paul represents municipalities, counties, water authorities, and individual water users in all water rights matters. He has a B.A. from the University of Colorado in environmental biology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, and the Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law Section and Water Law Section. Paul is also a past chair of the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Committee of the Boulder County Bar Association. His professional career has included extensive practice before the Water Courts and the Colorado Supreme Court beginning in 1983. Prior to his law career at Vranesh and Raisch, Paul worked as an aquatic biologist at the University of Colorado.

  • Stuart B. Corbridge

    Partner - Summary Stuart's practice focuses primarily on water rights issues, including water rights litigation and transactional matters, and includes the representation of municipalities, water and sanitation districts, mutual ditch companies, irrigation districts and other types of water users. He has B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, and the Colorado Bar Association, Water Law Section. After graduating from law school and prior to joining Vranesh and Raisch, Stuart worked for two years as the law clerk for both Division 1 Water Judge Jonathan W. Hays and 19th Judicial District Chief Judge/Division 1 Water Judge Roger A. Klein.

  • Gabe Racz

    Partner - Gabe specializes in water quality, water rights, environmental, and eminent domain matters. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Law, Water Law, and Real Estate Law Sections and Eminent Domain Committee, and has been active in the Colorado Water Quality Forum. Gabe has appeared frequently before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, and in the water courts and district courts, beginning in 2001.

  • Aaron Ladd

    Partner - Aaron represents a range of clients from municipalities to individual water users in a host of water rights matters including transactions and water court litigation. He has a B.A. from Miami University (of Ohio) in Environmental Science and Geography and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. During and before law school, he was a law clerk for two business litigation law firms in Denver and Michigan, gaining valuable experience with contracts and complex civil litigation. Aaron has been practicing Colorado water law since 2009.

  • Leila C. Behnampour

    Associate - Leila specializes in water rights issues. She received her law degree in 2010 from Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She has a B.A. from Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington. Leila is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Water Law Section. After graduating from law school, Leila served as the law clerk for the Honorable James F. Hartmann, Water Judge, Water Division No. 1, and Chief Judge, Nineteenth Judicial District, State of Colorado.

  • Geoff Williamson

    Of Counsel - Geoff represents a variety of public and private clients in water rights, water quality, environmental, and land use matters. In addition to his expertise in Colorado water law, Geoff has handled water and environmental matters throughout the western United States, including litigation under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal statutes. His clients have included municipalities, water districts, energy companies, and private landowners. Geoff received a B.A. in History from The College of William & Mary in 1999 and law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. Following his graduation from law school, Geoff served as a law clerk for the Honorable Roxanne Bailin, Chief Judge for Colorado's 20th Judicial District. Before joining Vranesh & Raisch, Geoff practiced for two years at another Boulder law firm and for six years at a large regional firm based in Denver.

  • Justine Shepherd

    Associate - Justine received her law degree in 2012 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She has a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Justine is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Environmental Section, and the William E. Doyle Inn of Court. After graduating from law school, Justine served as the law clerk for the Honorable Edward C. Moss, District Court Judge, Seventeenth Judicial District, State of Colorado.

  • Andrea A. Kehrl

    Associate - Andrea represents municipalities, counties, water authorities, and individual water users in water rights matters. She has a B.A. from the University of Georgia in Publication Management (Journalism and Business) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. Andrea is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Water Law Section. She is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Section and a current chair of the Environment / Natural Resources Section of the Boulder County Bar Association. Andrea has been practicing natural resources and environmental law since 2010, with a focus on Colorado water law since 2012.

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