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Mitra M. Pemberton


Mitra Pemberton joined White & Jankowski as an associate in 2008 and became a partner in 2012.  Mitra’s practice emphasizes natural resources law and water law.  She focuses attention on every detail of her clients’ problems to achieve successful resolution of complex transactional and litigation matters.  Mitra developed and leads the firm’s Associate Development Program.  Mitra’s recent transactional work includes assisting a national corporation to successfully close a complex water transaction involving numerous sites and a diverse portfolio of water rights.  Her litigation experience includes involvement in one of Colorado’s largest water rights change cases and the first recreational in-channel diversion claim on the Colorado River mainstem.  She has extensive experience managing discovery in complex litigation, including electronic discovery disputes.

In addition to representing clients in Colorado water courts, she has appeared on behalf of the City of Pocatello in the Idaho Snake River Basin Adjudication and Idaho and United States Supreme Courts on water rights related matters.  She is also involved in Idaho’s ongoing conjunctive management delivery calls, including involvement since 2008 in three seminal agency actions involving administration of conjunctively managed ground and surface water.  Mitra has extensive experience in research and writing, including serving during law school as Resource Editor of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Editor-in-Chief and Co-editor of the American Bar Association’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Law The Year in Review since 2009, and speaking at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars regarding water rights sales and transfers. 

Areas of Practice:

  • Water Law
  • Natural Resources Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Colorado, 2006
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2009


  • University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, Colorado, 2006
    – J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    – Resource Editor, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy, 2005–06
    – Member, Environmental Law Society, 2003–06
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 2003
    – B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
    – Cum laude

Published Works:

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Year in Review, Water Resources Section, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (2014–17)
  • Co-editor, The Year in Review, Water Resources Section, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (2009–13)

Classes & Seminars Taught:

  • Water Rights in Colorado, NBI-CLE, Aurora, Colo. (July 17, 2013)
  • Water on the Land, Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, Boulder, Colo. (Dec. 2012)
  • Collateralizing Water Rights for Lending Purposes, Colorado Lending Source, Denver, Colo. (June 2012)
  • Water Rights Sales and Transfers, Lorman Education Services CLE, Denver, Colo. (Aug. 2011)

Representative Cases:

  • Grand Valley Water Users Ass’n v. Busk-Ivanhoe, Inc., 386 P.3d 452 (Colo. 2016)
  • Rangen, Inc. v. Idaho Dep’t of Water Res., 367 P.3d 193 (Idaho 2016)
  • A&B Irrigation Dist. v. Spackman, 315 P.3d 828 (Idaho 2013)
  • A&B Irrigation Dist. v. Idaho Dep’t of Water Res., 284 P.3d 225 (Idaho 2012)
  • Pocatello v. State, 180 P.3d 1048 (Idaho 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 754 (2008)

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    – Vice Chair, Water Resources Committee, 2013–17
  • Colorado Bar Association, Water Law Section
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association