7600 N. 15th St., Suite 150, Phoenix, Arizona 85020

(602) 357-7586

Law Offices of Michele Van Quathem, PLLC

Arizona Water Attorney


Service Areas

Water Law


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  • Litigation
  • Permits
  • Wastewater
  • Sewer
  • Reclaimed water
  • Transfers
  • Contracts
  • Utility rates
  • Water supply acquisition, due diligence and agreements
  • Water rights disputes and adjudications
  • Groundwater permits and grandfathered rights
  • Colorado River entitlements and transfers
  • Central Arizona Project (CAP) subcontracts and wheeling
  • Assured and Adequate Water Supply Certificates/Designations
  • Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD)
  • Recharge and long term storage credits
  • Effluent use agreements and permits (reclaimed water)
  • Well permits and well sharing agreements
  • Indian water agreements
  • Water rights severance and transfer
  • Wastewater discharge permits (AZPDES)
  • Aquifer Protection Permits (APP)
  • Flood and drainage disputes
  • Dam safety
  • Administrative appeals

Energy Law


  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Oil & gas
  • Siting
  • Utility rates
  • Land entitlements
  • Rights-of-way
  • Water supply
  • Due diligence
  • Contracts

Mining Law


  • Unpatented mining claims
  • 1872 mining law
  • Siting and permits
  • Due diligence
  • Royalty agreements
  • Operating agreements
  • Land use
  • Real estate
  • Federal and State permits
  • Entitlements
  • Leases

Natural Resources Law


  • Federal and state land use rights and permits
  • Real estate
  • Solar leases
  • Geothermal leases
  • Sand and gravel leases
  • Rights-of-way
  • Administrative appeals
  • Oil and gas

Public Utility Law


  • Rate cases
  • Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CC&N)
  • Main extension agreements
  • Water and sewer service agreements
  • Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)
  • Cities and counties
  • Districts

About Us


Michele Van Quathem


With more than 23 years of experience working with businesses to achieve their goals, Michele Van Quathem understands the importance of focusing legal services to achieve client priorities.  Michele's goal is to find the best business solution for each client, delivering services in a manner that is timely, valuable, and efficient.

Michele practices in the water, energy, mining, natural resources, real estate, and environmental law areas.   Michele regularly assists businesses, property owners, and districts evaluate, buy, sell, permit, protect, treat, discharge, and store water and wastewater, and manage other natural resources.

She has worked on matters in the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Water Quality Appeals Board, the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona State Land Department, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, the Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and various other state and federal agencies.


Additional Information


Arizona State Bar
Wyoming State Bar
Colorado River Water Users Association
Arizona State Bar, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Chair (2008-2009)


Michele has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2011 and recognized in Chambers USA since 2014 in the area of Environment: Water Rights.


  • "Land Subsidence Damage Caused by Groundwater Withdrawals in Arizona: Who Pays?," February 2015
  • "Developing Geothermal Power Generation Facilities in Arizona: 'How Many Permits?'"  January 2013
  • "Bankruptcy for Environmental Attorneys," State Bar of Arizona, ENRLS, January 2005
  • "Recent Developments in Arizona Water Law Affecting Land Development," CLE International, February 2003
  • What is a Rate Case? 2016

Select Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Bar Convention: Utility Law Update, June 2017
  • "Arizona Water Law: Groundwater Law and Ethics," Halfmoon Education, Inc., January 2014
  • "Fundamentals of Arizona Water Law," Maricopa County Bar Association, September 2010
  • "Arizona's Energy Future," State Bar of Arizona, ENRLS, Program Moderator, April 2010
  • "Reuse of Water in Arizona," CLE International, August 2009
  • "Water Exchanges," Lorman Education Services, May 2008
  • "Got Water? Water Supplies for Local Economic Development Projects," Arizona Association for Economic Development, November 6, 2007
  • "Creative Water Supply Solutions: Exchanges, Transfers, Importation and Storage," CLE International, August 11, 2006
  • "Recovery Wells: Withdrawal of Stored Underground Water," Lorman Education Services, February 2006
  • "Underground Storage and Recovery in Arizona," CLE International, September 2005
  • "What's the Dirt on Your Property? Environmental Due Diligence," Maricopa County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section, October 2004
  • "Underground Storage and Recovery in Arizona," CLE International, August 2004


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Law Offices of Michele Van Quathem, PLLC

7600 N. 15th St., Suite 150, Phoenix, Arizona 85020

(602) 357-7586

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