Pete Johnson

Professional Experience

Partner, Vranesh and Raisch LLP, Boulder, Colorado
January 2021 to Present
Attorney, Vranesh and Raisch LLP, Boulder, Colorado
March 2019 to December 2020
Sole Practitioner, P.C. Johnson Attorney at Law, LLC
May 2013 to March 2019
Special Counsel, Hamre, Rodriguez, Ostrander & Dingess, P.C, Denver, Colorado
May 2013 to March 2019
Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Department of Law
July 2010 to May 2013
Law Clerk Eighth Judicial District
August 2009 to July 2010


Juris Doctor 2009
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • President, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Society, Fall 2007-Spring 2009
  • Staff Editor, University of Denver Water Law Review
  • Environmental Law Clinic, Spring Semester 2008
Bachelor of Science, 2002
Colorado State University
  • Major: Rangeland Ecosystem Science
  • Minor: Philosophy

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association – Real Estate and Water Law Sections
Colorado Trout Unlimited, Denver Chapter
American Water Resources Association

Bar Admission

Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice in the State of Colorado, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Publications and Presentations

  • Understanding and Evaluating the Risks Associated with Water Rights and Municipal Water Credits in Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Section of Colorado Bar Association, November 2016.
  • The “Third Act” in Colorado Water Law: The Colorado Supreme Court Affirms the Concept of Sustainable Optimum Use in Simpson v. Cotton Creek Circles, LLC, 12 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 241, (Fall 2008).

Interests and Accomplishments

  • Volunteer Attorney, Colorado Bar Association Flood Legal Relief Task Force
  • Regular lecturer at environmental and natural resources courses at Colorado State University and the University of Denver
  • Snowboarding, Backcountry and Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Whitewater Rafting, Camping, Backpacking, Yoga, Gardening
  • Graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound


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