Kara Godbehere

Kara Godbehere is a member of the Natural Resources and Water Law Practice Group of Dietze and Davis.  She has been working in water law since 2004, and has experience in water litigation as well as related real estate and natural resources issues.  Kara frequently assists buyers, sellers and real estate brokers in completing due diligence and verifying title to water, mineral, and other property rights (including water and mineral title opinions), and ensuring the proper conveyance of such rights.  She has assisted with all forms of water/property transactions, from individuals buying a residence with a single well to multi-million dollar purchases by municipalities, developers and special districts – and everything in between.

Representative clients have included individuals, corporations, mutual ditch companies, real estate developers and brokers, municipalities/counties, special districts, school districts, farmers/ranchers, and ski resorts regarding their water and property needs, including the adjudication/approval of water rights, plans for augmentation, changes of water rights, Denver Basin and Designated Basin groundwater, and well permits of all kinds.  She has trial and hearing experience before Water and District Courts around the state, the Colorado Ground Water Commission, the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Kara’s initial interest in water law was from the agricultural perspective, as her family farms in North Central Oklahoma, and has raised both cattle and sheep over the years.  She received both her B.A. and J.D. from University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, and also received a certificate in Resources, Environment and Energy Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law.  Kara completed her third year of law school at the University of Colorado as a visiting student, while clerking at a water law firm where she later worked as an associate for several years.  Her practice has remained focused on water and property rights since that time, and she most recently worked in her own solo practice before joining Dietze and Davis in January of 2016 as an of counsel attorney.


AREA OF PRACTICE

  • Water Law
  • Real Estate
  • Natural Resources

EDUCATION

B.A., Communication with Minor in Political Science (with honors), University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2002
J.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2005

Bar

State of Colorado 2005
U.S. District Court, Colorado 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2009


Presentations, Seminars

  • May 12, 2011 – Colorado Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Speaker on “Water Right Title Basics."
  • February 18, 2016 - Boulder County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Speaker on “Real Estate Contracts: Water Rights Considerations.”
  • April 7, 2016 – University of Denver Earth Day presentation panelist on “Water Planning & Denver Metro Growth.”
  • April 15, 2016 – Metro State University guest lecturer on “Water Rights: Title Considerations” for Colorado Water Law course.
  • May 24, 2016 – Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein, P.C. private Continuing Legal Education presentation on “Real Estate Contracts: Water Rights Considerations.” 
  • October 6, 2016-University of Denver Sturm College of Law guest lecturer on "Water Rights: Transactional Considerations."
  • November 17, 2016 - Panel moderator for the National Business Institute CLE "Colorado Water Court Forum", moderating and participating in a panel discussion with Water court judges and a referee.

Representative Published Cases

  • In re Water Rights of Central Colorado Water Conservancy Dist., 147 P.3d 9 (Colo. 2006).
  • Gallegos v. Colorado Ground Water Com'n, 147 P.3d 20 (Colo. 2006).
  • Board of County Com'rs of Gilpin County v. City of Black Hawk, 292 P.3d 1172, 2012 COA 172 (Colo.App.Div. 6 2012).

Publications

Is the End of the War in Sight: an Analysis of Canada’s Decriminalization of Marijuana and the Implications for the Implications for the United States War on Drugs, 22 Buff. Pub. Int. L.J. 199 (2004).