Joseph B. Dischinger


(303) 894-4404

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1978

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Joseph B. Dischinger

Joseph B. Dischinger has practiced both water rights and environmental law in Denver for 30 years.

In water matters, Joe represents municipalities, businesses, ditch companies and individuals in water right evaluation, acquisition, protection and transfer. He works in all areas of Colorado water law, including applications for conditional and absolute water rights, changes of water rights, exchanges and augmentation plans. He handles direct flow and storage water rights in tributary, nontributary and not nontributary ground water, as well as native and transmountain surface water flows. He also handles related litigation, including easements and rights-of-way, powers and management of ditch companies, and abandonment of water rights. Among other clients, Joe is general counsel for the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company.

In environmental matters, Joe advises companies, real estate developers and environmental cleanup firms on environmental compliance, permitting, and risk allocation, and he handles environmental litigation. He helps clients find practical solutions to routine and complex environmental problems, comply with environmental requirements, negotiate intergovernmental agreements and maintain good relationships with regulators. He represented an engineering firm working on the cleanup of the Rocky Flats site for six years, until the site was fully remediated and turned into a wildlife refuge. He has experience with nearly all federal and state environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Price-Anderson Amendments Act, and laws and regulations relating to the transportation of nuclear and hazardous materials. He has handled litigation involving CERCLA, NEPA, CWA, the Federal Highway Act, and claims for environmental indemnification.