Nevada Water Law Conference

Meet Your Distinguished Faculty


Program Co-Chairs

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Paul G. Taggart, Esq.
Senior Partner
Taggart & Taggart, Carson City
Paul G. Taggart focuses on water, land use, and redevelopment law. He represents the SNWA before the State Water Engineer, and as special City Attorney for Fernley, Nevada, he plays a role in the implementation of the Truckee River Operating Agreement. Mr. Taggart also handles individual water resource related issues, including developing water rights for snowmaking at ski resorts, transferring water rights to environmental uses, proving water rights in adjudication processes, filing appeals of State Engineer Rulings, and filing water right transfers. From 1997 to 2003,
Mr. Taggart served as a Deputy Attorney General for Nevada. Mr. Taggart has argued before the US Supreme Court as well as the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.
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Gregory J. Walch, Esq.
General Counsel
Southern Nevada Water Authority/ Las Vegas Valley Water District, Las Vegas
Gregory J. Walch was named General Counsel to the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District in May 2012. Mr. Walch is a member of the SNWA and LVVWD Executive Team, oversees the legal department of both agencies, and reports directly to the General Manager. In addition to his duties at both agencies, Mr. Walch recently taught water law at the University of Nevada, Boyd School of Law as an adjunct professor. Mr. Walch has practiced environmental, water, land use, mining, eminent domain, and administrative law in the Southern Nevada area for 25 years, and in 1996, he co-founded the law firm now known as Holley, Driggs, Walch, Puzey & Thompson. He is recognized by Chambers USA, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell for his work in environmental and natural resources law.


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Steven B. Abbott, Esq.
Redwine & Sherrill, Riverside, CA
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Mike Baughman, PhD
Humboldt River Basin Water Authority, Carson City
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Don Baur, Esq.
Perkins Coie, Washington, D.C.
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Steven E. Clyde, Esq.
Clyde Snow & Sessions, Salt Lake City
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Leo Drozdoff, PE
Former Director
Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Carson City
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Matthew Etcheverry
Etcheverry Family LP, Roberts Creek Ranch, Eureka County
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Rick Felling
Deputy Administrator
Division of Water Resources, Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Bill Hauck
Senior Hydrologist
Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Reno
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Barry Hecht
Senior Principal
Balance Hydrologics, Berkeley, CA
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Jason King
State Engineer
Nevada Division of Water Resources, Carson City
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Ted Kowalski
Senior Program Manager
Walton Family Foundation, Denver, CO
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Nicole Kuenzi, Esq.
State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento CA
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Debbie Leonard, Esq.
McDonald Carano, Reno
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Tracie K. Lindeman, Esq.
Appellate Solution
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Daniel McEvoy, PhD
Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute, Reno
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Christopher Mixson, Esq.
Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, Las Vegas
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Scott Morris, Esq.
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, Sacramento, CA
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Stefanie Morris, Esq.
General Counsel
State Water Contractors, Sacramento, CA
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Greg Morrison, Esq.
Parsons, Behle & Latimer, Reno
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Timothy O'Connor, Esq.
Taggart & Taggart, Carson City
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Colby Pellegrino
Colorado River Program Manager
Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas
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David Rigdon, Esq.
Taggart & Taggart, Carson City
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Therese Ure, Esq.
Schroeder Law Offices, Reno
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Steve Walker
Walker & Associates, Reno
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Michael Van Zandt, Esq.
Hanson Bridgett, San Francisco, CA
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Roderick Walston, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger, Walnut Creek, CA