Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C., was founded in 1986.

Firm Overview

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C., was founded in 1986, when the late John Carlson, (1940-1992), Mary Mead (Mooey) Hammond, and Bill Paddock established a firm to serve clients primarily in water rights, water quality, and related environmental, civil litigation, real property, and public lands matters. John Carlson had a distinguished career in water law and was considered by many to be the "Dean" of Colorado Water Law. Mooey Hammond practiced with John for some 6 years before the founding of the firm, and Bill Paddock brought experience and expertise from over 5 years in the Water Rights Section at the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

Since its founding, Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C., has grown from time to time and changed with the addition of new members and associates, each of whom has made his or her own contribution to the firm, which retains its absolute commitment to providing the highest quality service for its clients. The firm has and continues to serve a wide variety of clients in a variety of matters, including adjudication of water rights and related diligence cases, opposition to potentially injurious water right proceedings, adjudication of complex changes of water right, augmentation plans and exchange programs in Colorado's Water Courts; complex transactional matters, such as acquisition and sale of extensive land and water rights and related water infrastructure, negotiation and development of environmental remediation and protection plans, participation in water infrastructure bond financing; representation in Water Quality administrative matters, such as standard setting and permitting proceedings; representation of public and private clients in connection with proceedings for adjudication of federal reserved water rights; and civil litigation matters. Members of the firm are active in a variety of community and civic matters, and write and speak regularly on topics of interest to the water community in legal and other seminars.

Main Office

Main Office
1900 Grant Street, Suite 1200
Denver CO 80203

Phone

303-861-9000

Real Estate

The law office of Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. will represent your real estate legal matters.

The law office of Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. will represent your real estate legal matters.

Mary Mead Hammond

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

affectionately known as "Mooey") is a Denver native. She graduated from Harvard University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1975. She received her law degree from Harvard University in 1979. Upon graduation she joined the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart, LLP, where she worked for 6 years on a wide variety of legal matters, including water rights and water quality. In 1985 she left Holland & Hart with John Carlson and others to form the predecessor to Carlson, Hammond & Paddock. Since that time her practice includes representation of various municipal, agricultural, development, and individual interests in all aspects of surface and underground water rights adjudications, including obtaining water rights, opposing water rights filings of others, augmentation plans, exchanges, development of water storage projects, and water quality issues. She is also involved in appearing before administrative and permitting agencies with jurisdiction over ground water, surface water and water quality. She has worked closely with organizations representing Colorado water interests in preparing, monitoring and lobbying for or against proposed state and federal legislation and agency rules that affect those interests. She is also general counsel to the Colorado Water and Power Development Authority, a political subdivision of the state involved in financing water related infrastructure.

Bill Paddock

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

Bill Paddock was born in Boulder, Colorado. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. He joined the water unit of the Colorado Attorney General's Office upon graduation, and during his tenure there represented state agencies in water rights matters. He also served as the legal advisor to Colorado's Compact Commissioners on the Arkansas River Compact and the Rio Grande Compact, and was responsible for the supervision of the then on-going federal reserved rights and Indian reserved rights litigation in Colorado. In 1985, Mr. Paddock went into private practice and in 1986 joined in founding Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. of which he is now the manager. He has a diverse practice that includes, among other things, representing agricultural, municipal, and industrial clients in water rights and water quality matters. He is a frequent speaker on water rights and water law at continuing legal education and engineering seminars, he has authored numerous articles, and is the Colorado Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Water Law Newsletter.

Education

University of Colorado School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Lee H. Johnson

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

Lee H. Johnson is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin/Madison and a 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Following the completion of a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Mr. Johnson moved to Colorado and became an associate at Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. in October of 1989. He became a member of the firm in 1995. He continues to practice in the areas of water rights, water quality, environmental law, and general civil litigation.

Karl D. Ohlsen

Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C.

Karl D. Ohlsen is a 1995 graduate of Reed College and a 2000 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. Following completion of judicial clerkships in Boulder County District Court with the Honorable Lael E. Montgomery and the Honorable Morris W. Sanstead, Jr., Mr. Ohlsen became an associate at Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. in 2001. He represents various municipal, agricultural and private interest clients in water matters, real property, contracts, environmental issues, and general civil litigation.