James Noble

James Noble


Main: 303-830-2500
Direct: 303-376-4498
Licensed in: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma

OverviewExperience & ResultsPractice AreasHonors & InsightsEducation & Admissions

Jim enjoys assisting clients with water resources and related real estate, regulatory, and environmental issues. He represents diverse clients such as municipal water providers, non-profit associations, mining companies, electric utilities, and others.

These clients benefit from this insight as he advises them on these issues in Colorado and New Mexico (his home state). He represents clients with respect to water issues in the Colorado water courts and administrative proceedings. He has also represented clients in general stream adjudications in federal and state courts, and administrative proceedings before the office of the state engineer in New Mexico.

Jim often negotiates and prepares water and land related transactions as well, on both large and small scales. He is often deeply involved in assisting clients to work within the legal system to achieve their long range and strategic planning goals for their water rights portfolios.

Prior to entering private practice, Jim served as a law clerk for Justice Pamela Minzner of the Supreme Court of New Mexico. Prior to law school, he served as a construction project manager for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Experience & Results
  • Represents a major electric utility with respect to all aspects of acquiring, protecting, and adjudicating water supplies for its operations across Colorado and New Mexico
  • Represents Colorado municipal water utilities in numerous Colorado Water Court actions and transactions
  • Represents a non-profit association that operates and manages a major federal reservoir
Practice Areas
  • Water Rights
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate and Ranching
Honors & Insights
  • Selected as the chair of the Water Law Section for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
  • Appointed to a four year term on the Colorado Groundwater Commission by Governor Hickenlooper, October 2016 to present
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal Editorial Board, 2015 to present
  • Speaker and Author, “Mineral Resources Development Water Needs: Water Supply Considerations,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on the Water-Energy Nexus, September 2012
  • Selected to the Colorado Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2009-2013
  • J.D., University of New Mexico, cum laude, 2002 Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Architecture, University of New Mexico, 1995
Bar Admissions / Qualifications
  • New Mexico, 2002
  • Arizona, 2003 (inactive)
  • Colorado, 2005
  • Oklahoma, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona