L. William Staudenmaier

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Biography

Bill Staudenmaier has been practicing water law and natural resources law for more than 25 years. He focuses on acquiring and protecting water rights for industrial, municipal and agricultural water users. Bill's water law practice involves representation of clients in general stream adjudications, negotiation of contracts for transfers of water rights, obtaining permits and approvals from state and federal regulatory agencies, and drafting, negotiating and lobbying concerning state and federal water resources legislation.

Bill represents large water users in both pending general stream adjudications in Arizona (Gila River and Little Colorado River), including appellate representation on issues relating to the rights of groundwater users and tribal water rights. Bill also represents clients holding contractual rights to Colorado River water, assisting those clients in securing, protecting and defending their rights in negotiations, administrative matters, and litigation. Bill also advises clients with interests arising under a number of interstate water compacts.

Bill represents private and public sector clients in negotiations to settle a variety of Indian water right claims, including the Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement, the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Agreement, and ongoing negotiations to settle the claims of other Tribes in Arizona. In addition, he represents private and public entities in transactions to secure water supplies, including negotiation of long-term water supply contracts for major industrial facilities, water supply contracts for golf courses, and contracts to acquire water rights for municipal and private development purposes.

Representative Presentations and Publications

•Western Governors’ Association Drought Forum, Workshop on Drought Impacts and Solutions in the Manufacturing, Mining and Industrial Sectors, Panelist (2014)
• Navigability and the Public Trust Doctrine - History, Legal Standards, and Recent Developments in Arizona, Presenter, Arizona Water Law Conference, CLE International (2012, 2013, 2014)
• Interstate Water Compacts - Legal and Environmental Challenges, Presenter, Bloomberg BNA Webinar (2014)
• Interstate Water Compacts: The Supreme Court Once Again Endorses State Sovereignty Over Water Resources, Author, Bloomberg BNA's Water Law & Policy Monitor, (June 26, 2013)
• Tribal Water in the Southwest - New Legal and Policy Developments, Sovereignty, Settlements and Opportunities, Conference Co-Chair and Presenter, Law Seminars International (2013)
• PPL Montana v. Montana, Presenter, American Bar Association teleconference (2012)
• Water Rights and Trading - Southwest Regional Summit: Tribal Water Rights, Settlements and Marketing, Presenter, WestWater Research and American Water Intelligence (2012)
• Negotiating Indian Water Right Settlements, Presenter, Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Reserved Water Rights Claims (2011)
• Water for Natural Gas Storage Facilities, Presenter, Water and Energy Law Conference, Law Seminars International (2011)
• Securing and Protecting Water Rights in an Ever-Changing Real Estate Environment, Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Real Estate Series (2011)
• Water Requirements for Utility-Scale Concentrating Solar Power Facilities: Are We Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?, Author, ABA Natural Resources & Environment, Volume 25, Issue 4 (Spring 2011)
• Water Law Issues for Nuclear Power Generation, Presenter, NEI Lawyers Committee Meeting, Nuclear Energy Institute (2010)
• Water Requirements for Power Plants, Presenter, ABA Section of Public Utilities, Communications and Transportation Annual Meeting (2009)
• Securing Water Supplies for Electric Power Generating Facilities, Presenter, Energy in the Southwest Conference, Law Seminars International (2008)
• Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction - The Continuing Search for the Elusive Subflow Zone, Presenter, Lorman Education Services (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
• Water Right Transfers in Arizona - An Overview of Legal Issues and Trends, Presenter, Lorman Education Services (2008, 2009, 2010)
• Federal Indian Water Right Settlement Policy - A State Law Perspective, Symposium on the Settlement of Indian Water Right Claims (2007)
• Between a Rock and a Dry Place: The Rural Water Supply Challenge for Arizona, Author, Arizona Law Review, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp. 321-338 (Summer 2007); Presenter, Arizona Water Law and Policy Symposium (2006)
• Water in the West - Identifying, Evaluating and Securing Water Rights for Businesses in the Western United States, Moderator and Speaker, American Bar Association Teleconference (Spring 2006)
• Water and the law: A guide to what matters, Author, Business Law Today, Volume 15, Issue 4 (March/April 2006)
• Arizona Groundwater Law, Author, The Water Report, Issue 33 (November 15, 2006)
• The Right to Pump Percolating Groundwater in Arizona, Presenter, CLE International (2006)

Professional Recognition and Awards

•The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law, Water Law (2007-2019)
•Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Water Law (2013)
•Arizona's Top Lawyers, Energy and Natural Resources, AzBusiness Magazine (2014)
•Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Environment (including water rights) (2007-2018)
•Southwest Super Lawyers, Energy & Natural Resources (2007-2018)

Other Professional Experience

•Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Associate and Shareholder (1998-2009)
•Arizona Public Service Company, Senior Attorney (1992-1998)
•Arizona Department of Water Resources, Deputy Counsel (1990-1992)
•Streich, Lang, Weeks & Cardon, Associate (1988-1989)
•Federal District Court, District of Colorado, Law Clerk for Hon. Richard P. Matsch (1987-1988)

Related News & Events

Aug 15
139 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers Listed as Leaders in Their Fields by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Eleven Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2019 Lawyer of the Year

May 03
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 46 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 24
Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in its 2018 Rankings

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Lists 133 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 31
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 43 Attorneys

Apr 12
Southwest Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 69 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 15
The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Lists 125 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers As Leaders In Their Field In addition, 15 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 27
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys

Apr 11
Southwest Super Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 17
The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Lists 128 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in their Field In addition, 19 Snell & Wilmer attorneys recognized as a 2016 “Lawyer of the Year”

May 19
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 42 Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Apr 10
Southwest Super Lawyers 2015 Recognizes 73 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Aug 18
The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field

May 23
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 38 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Aug 19
The Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes 119 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Aug 12
Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Jun 26
Interstate Water Compacts: The Supreme Court Once Again Endorses State Sovereignty Over Water Resources Water Law & Policy Monitor

May 31
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 37 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Sep 18
Best Lawyers in America Names 18 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Lawyers of the Year

Sep 04
The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 114 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jun 27
Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 80 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys

Jun 07
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 34 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Sep 06
The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 99 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field

Jul 29
Snell & Wilmer Congratulates its 99 Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011

Jun 20
Super Lawyers 2011 Recognizes 74 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 21 Firm Attorneys to the 2011 Rising Stars List

Jun 10
Chambers USA Recognizes Snell & Wilmer in Multiple Categories and Names 39 Attorneys as 'Leaders in Their Field'

Apr 01
Water Requirements for Utility-Scale Concentrating Solar Power Facilities: Are We Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?

Oct 21
Ninety-Nine Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2011

Jun 22
Sixty-Seven Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers 2010

Related Publications

Jan 06
Legal Alert - Disputes Over Interstate Compacts Increase

Nov 24
Legal Alert - 2015 AWBA Annual Plan Draft Available Online for Comment

Sep 02
Legal Alert - Comments to Forest Service Groundwater Management Directive Due September 3, 2014

Aug 14
Legal Alert - U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Releases Updated Operation Plan for Colorado River System Reservoirs

Aug 12
Legal Alert - The United States and Several Western Water Providers Enter into a Historic Agreement to Mitigate the Effects of the Drought Affecting the Colorado River System

Jul 22
Legal Alert - Impacts of Court Ruling on Assured and Adequate Water Supplies

Jun 17
Legal Alert - BIA Proposes Rule Revisions for Rights-of-Way on Indian Lands

Sep 12
Legal Alert - Arizona Supreme Court Finds the State of Arizona Does Not Possess Federal Reserved Water Rights for State Trust Lands

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure Development and Project Finance
  • Mining Industry Services
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water and Water Rights

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6571  Phone
www.swlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Wisconsin, B.S., Forestry and Soil Science, with distinction, Dean's List, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1988
Admission:
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Supreme Court; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona
Memberships:

Professional Memberships & Activities

•Western States Water Council
•Representative for State of Arizona (2002-present)
•Legal Committee, Chair (2004-2010)
•American Bar Association
•Section of Environment, Energy and Resources,
•Water Resources Committee
•State Bar of Arizona
•Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
•Executive Council (2002-2005)
•Colorado River Water Users Association
•Water Reuse Association of Arizona
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
•Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
•Water Policy Committee, Chair (2005-2008)
•University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Board of Visitors

Birth Information:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 19, 1961
ISLN:
903466057

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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    5.0/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.9/5.0
  • Judgment

    5.0/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    5.0/5.0

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