Water Rights Law

Water is a major factor in the future of our economy. Commercial and residential development hinges upon this natural resource in a time when it has become a precious commodity due to decreasing supply. Obtaining rights to water is increasingly complex and representation is often critical.
Karen A. Peterson

Water is always a precious resource—but even more so in the high desert climate of Nevada. Allison MacKenzie maintains a dedicated group of attorneys who seek to protect client interests in matters pertaining to water and Nevada water rights. Our attorneys offer substantial experience in water rights law and have proven success when helping clients to retain and use water that is rightfully theirs. We assist our clients obtain appropriation by demonstrating intent to divert water, place the water to beneficial use, and show the intent to divert in an open, physical manner. The process of obtaining water rights is complex, and often requires an experienced lawyer and/or water resource engineer. Our water rights legal services include:

  • Regulation
  • Applications for:
  • Surface water rights
  • Ground water rights
  • Change in water rights
  • Plan approval


At Allison MacKenzie, our team of attorneys provides comprehensive counsel in a variety of areas. In particular, the attorneys featured below are experienced in Water Rights. To learn more about a particular attorney, please click on his/her name.

Karen A. Peterson
James R. Cavilia
Christopher MacKenzie
Alida Mooney


Allison MacKenzie serves an extensive clientele ranging from large corporations to small, entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses – as well as many individuals.

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