Ms. Varty graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013 with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law.  During law school, Ms. Varty was a member of the Editorial Board of the Water Law Review, publishing numerous scholarly writings related to water and environmental issues.  Since graduating, Ms.Varty practiced oil and gas law for a couple years and then transitioned to a general law firm.  As a result, Ms. Varty has experience in almost every area of civil law from business formation, contracts, and divorce to parenting plans, bankruptcy, and water

In her free time, Ms. Varty thoroughly enjoy many of the activities the Colorado outdoors have to offer. Her favorite hobby is rock climbing, but it would not be surprising to find her participating in triathlons, road cycling, ice climbing, snow shoeing or hiking with her rescue dog, Peter Pickles Fuzzybottom.


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2013)
  • University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., Political Science, 2007)


  • Colorado State Bar, admitted 2013
  • Colorado Bar Association


  • Associate, Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado, April 2018-Present.
    • Areas of concentration: Water, Land Use, and Real Estate Law
  • Senior Associate, Columbine Law Group, P.C., January 2018 – April 2018
    • Areas of concentration: Family Law, General Civil Litigation
  • Associate, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, and Lewis, Denver, Colorado, Aug. 2015 – Jan. 2018
    • Areas of concentration: General Civil Litigation
  • Associate, Hovey Law Firm PC, Denver, Colorado, October 2014 – April 2015
    • Areas of concentration: Oil and Gas Law
  • Associate, Akers & Associates, Denver, Colorado, February 2013 – October 2014
    • Areas of concentration: Oil and Gas Law


  • Preempting the Port of Los Angeles’ Efforts to Improve Air Quality, TRENDS: ABA Section of the Environment, Energy, and Resources Newsletter
  • Pawnee Well Users v. Wolfe: the Natural Successor to Vance v. Wolfe, 15 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 469
  • Hot Water Topic: Water and Shale Gas Development, 13th Annual American Bar Association Water Law Conference, 15 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 514
  • Book Note: The Ripple Effect by Alex Prud’Homme, 15 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 161
  • Court Report: Tarrant Reg’l Water Dist. v. Herrman, 656 F.3d 1222 (10th Cir. 2011)
  • Drafted Water, Oil, and Gas: A Legal and Technical Framework, 16 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 1


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law – Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate, 2013
  • Court Reports Editor, Editorial Board Member, University of Denver Water Law Review, 2013
  • The Bishop’s School Varsity Field Hockey Team’s Most Improved Player, 2002

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