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Water Law


Issues related to water rights, access, irrigation and regulatory compliance present unique challenges for many companies doing business in Shelby and other parts of Montana. At Lee Law Office PC, we are highly-experienced in handling these issues on behalf of our clients, and we offer insights and solutions based upon decades’ worth of knowledge derived from working with local, regional and national clients in the areas of state and federal water law.

Full-Service Legal Representation for Water Companies and Other Clients in Montana

With our experience in water law, we are uniquely positioned to assist clients with regard to private transactions, government relations, civil litigation and administrative proceedings. We offer strategic advice that goes beyond examining the discrete legal issues at hand to addressing our clients’ long-term needs, and we provide skilled legal representation for matters pending before state and federal administrative agencies as well as in the state and federal courts of Montana.

Montana Water Court Adjudication

The Montana Water Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the adjudication of water rights claims in the state. We routinely represent clients in Montana Water Court adjudications, including matters involving the state’s enforcement statutes and actions taken by the Water Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Permitting and Compliance

In addition to Montana Water Court adjudications, our attorneys also regularly represent clients with regard to permitting and compliance matters involving the DNRC. These matters can present a variety of unique and complex legal challenges, and our attorneys are skilled at helping clients secure and protect essential water rights in the Shelby area and throughout Montana.

Ditch Easements and Access Issues

Under Montana’s water laws, ditch easements and access issues present a number of unique issues as well. We represent property owners, developers, farmers and agriculture businesses, ditch companies, water companies and other clients in all matters related to the digging and use of draining and irrigation ditches. This includes easement negotiations, permitting, water quality testing and environmental compliance, as well as related litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings.

Matters Related to Irrigation Districts and Irrigation and Water Companies

We also represent clients in all matters related to Montana’s irrigation districts, and we handle all other irrigation-related legal matters on behalf of water companies doing business in Montana as well. This includes permitting and compliance issues, as well as Montana Water Court adjudications, bond issues, and other regulatory and non-regulatory matters. We are experienced in handling issues involving federal, state, municipal, tribal and private ownership and control of irrigation systems statewide, including matters involving Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and non-BOR irrigation districts.  

Contact Lee Law Office PC in Shelby, MT

If you are facing an issue related to one of Montana’s irrigation districts, need legal representation for a matter involving the Montana Water Court or the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, or need assistance with any other issue involving water law in Montana, we encourage you to get in touch. To speak with an attorney at our law offices in Shelby, please call 406-434-5244 or inquire online today.