Payne, Christopher

Author Description

Chris Payne, an Associate at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Phoenix, AZ, has a practice concentrated on both transactional and litigation matters in the areas of natural resources and real estate, including water, mining, environmental, and real estate law. His practice includes: assisting clients with water rights; mineral title and permitting; environmental permitting and compliance; retail and commercial leasing; and real property purchase and sale transactions. Chris has represented clients in both administrative and judicial actions involving water, mining, and environmental law. He has assisted clients with issues involving groundwater and surface water rights and supplies, including representation in the Arizona State stream adjudications; litigated claims involving state-based and federal reserved water rights; assisted clients with mineral title, mineral development and mineral permitting issues; and advised clients about compliance with local, state and federal environmental permits and regulations. Previously, Chris worked as a civil engineer for one of the largest architectural and civil engineering firms in the nation. His background and experience as an engineer included: preparing environmental assessments; environmental impact statements and construction drawings; conducting water supply and water development studies; floodplain delineation; solid waste planing, and grading and drainage design.

Authored Reports

Tribal Groundwater Resources: Management Considerations Under Current Law