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John P. Justus


John Justus represents individuals and business entities in water rights, water rights titles and real property matters. He also represents various types of specialized water rights entities, including irrigation districts, mutual ditch and reservoir companies, and water and sanitation districts. John has litigation experience before Colorado Water Courts in several divisions concerning the adjudication of water rights, changes of water rights, appropriative exchanges, and plans for augmentation. Further, his administrative agency practice includes experience with adjudicatory and rulemaking hearings before the Colorado Ground Water Commission and various ground water management districts. Prior to attending law school, John spent roughly six years in the field as a Wildlife Biologist, a background which has allowed for effective representation of clients who are opposed to proposals to list species under the Endangered Species Act.

Areas of Practice:

  • Colorado Special Districts
  • Water Law
  • Natural Resources and Endangered Species Act Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado, 2008


  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, 2008
    – J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Colorado at Denver, School of Public Affairs, Denver, Colorado, 2007
    – Masters of Public Administration
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1998
    – B.S., Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Biology and Zoology
    – Highest Honors

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Mesa County Bar Association