A native of northern New Mexico, Jim Noble is intimately familiar with the water supply and associated environmental and other issues prevalent in the mountain west. Jim advises clients on these issues in Colorado and New Mexico and represents diverse clients such as municipalities, mining companies, electric utilities, and ranchers. He represents clients with respect to water issues in the Colorado water courts, as well as administrative proceedings.

Jim often negotiates and prepares water and land related transactions as well. He represents clients in ongoing general stream adjudications, and administrative proceedings before the office of the state engineer in New Mexico. He has also worked extensively on Tribal and other water rights issues in Arizona.

Prior to entering private practice, Jim served as a law clerk for Justice Pamela Minzner of the Supreme Court of New Mexico, where he provided substantial assistance in drafting published opinions of that court. Prior to law school, he served as a construction project manager for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Representative Matters

  • 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

Publications, Presentations & Accolades

  • 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
  • Author, Management of Solid and Hazardous Waste, in The Most Frequently Asked Questions in Environmental Law (Maricopa County Bar Assn. 2005 ed.) (co-authored with Michael T. Kafka)
  • Author, Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw and the Increasingly Broad Standard for Citizen Standing to Sue in Environmental Litigation, 42 Natural Resources Journal 415 (2002)

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Practice Areas
  • Water Rights
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate and Ranching

  • 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

Professional & Community Activities
  • Board Member, Denver Christian School
  • Commissioner, Colorado Ground Water Commission
  • Colorado Bar Association, Water Law and Environmental Law Sections
  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation