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Dave is Chair of the Utilities and Environmental Practice Group. He counsels clients on regulatory and transactional matters involving businesses, real estate, utilities and energy. He advises clients on a broad range of issues from formation, mergers, project certification, rate cases, financing cases, wholesale contracts, extension contracts, service territory, land use and more. He has handled major rate cases and significant utility acquisitions.

In the renewables space, Dave has guided clients through the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approval process for projects totaling over 2,250 MW of electric nameplate capacity. He has represented solar developers in transmission interconnection matters and represented a pioneering developer in the community solar segment in regulatory litigation before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that threatened the continued viability of the community solar business model.

Dave has formed, wound up and counseled businesses and been involved in a wide array of real estate transactions. He also hosts The Water Values Podcast, which is released twice per month, wherein he interviews prominent and interesting figures in the water industry.

Career Highlights


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2020, in the field of Energy Regulatory Law
  • Who’s Who in Energy, Denver Business Journal, 2015
  • Best Water Lawyer, Colorado Law Week, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2009


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2016 Water Law Conference Planning Committee
  • Indiana Bar Association, Utility Law Section (Past Water/Sewer Division Chair)
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • International District Energy Association (2010-2012; 2015-Present)
  • Indiana Rural Water Association, 2000-Present
  • American Water Works Association, Indiana Section (2000-Present), Rocky Mountain Section (2013-Present)
  • Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, 2003-2012
  • Indiana Association of Sewer Companies (1998-2012); Executive Director (2002-2012)
  • Colorado Rural Electric Association (2013-2015)
  • Colorado Water Congress (2013-Present); POND Committee (2013-Present); POND Committee Summer 2015 Chairperson
  • Colorado Foundation for Water Education (2014-Present)

Former Employment

  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP (legacy firm Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP), January 2013-December 2015
  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (formerly Bingham McHale), May 1998-December 2012


Contributions & Published Works




  • American Bar Association Water Law Conference, Moderator, 2016
  • Western Governors' Association Drought Forum Webinar, Moderator, 2015
  • National Association of Water Companies, 2014
  • Colorado Rural Electric Association, 2013
  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, 2005, 2008
  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Legislative Conference, 2007-2009, 2012
  • Indiana Water Environment Association, Keynote Address, Utility Committee, 2006
  • Association of Indiana Conservancy Districts, 2004, 2008
  • National Business Institute, 2005, 2006
  • Indiana Rural Water Association, 2005-2007, 2009
  • AWWA Indiana Section Water Utility Council, 2006
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Utility Law Section Conference, 2006
  • Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Annual Conference, 2011, 2012
  • Indiana Association of Cities & Towns' Municipal Management Institutes, 2006-2009, 2011
  • American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Moderator, 2016
  • AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, 2016

Other Media

"Council Weighs Tax Option for Justice Upgrades," The Herald, June 11, 2019



B.A., Economics, Wabash College
J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1998

  • Indiana, 1998
    Colorado, 2013
    Indiana State Courts, 1998
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1998
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1998
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2007
    Colorado Court of Appeals, 2013
    Colorado State Judicial District Courts, 2013
    Colorado Supreme Court, 2013
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