Gheleta, Michael

Author Description

Michael A. Gheleta is a Shareholder in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Water & Public Lands, Natural Resources and Land Use Groups. Based in the Denver office, he focuses his practice on water rights, federal reclamation law, public land management, environmental compliance and natural resources litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gheleta served for more than 14 years as a trial attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, in Denver and Sacramento, handling all aspects of natural resources litigation and negotiation in federal and state courts. Mr. Gheleta has represented numerous federal officials and agencies in litigation, from the President to the Secretaries of Interior, Agriculture and Commerce. In particular, he has been involved in judicial development of the Law of the River through litigation of water right and equitable apportionment claims, federal environmental statutes, and the Mexican Water Treaty on the Colorado River in multistate and international litigation brought by irrigation districts, Native American tribes, environmental groups and Mexican interests.

Authored Reports

Litigation on the Colorado River: Conflicts in Search of Solutions