Michael J. Sawyer


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), (J.D., 2000), Environmental Law Certificate
  • Austrian National University of Natural Resources, Fulbright Scholar, (1996-97)
  • Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, (B.S., Forestry, 1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association (Member: Environmental, Real Estate and Water Law Sections)
  • Ninth Judicial District Bar Association, (Secretary 2005, Vice-President 2006, President 2007)
  • Admitted to the Colorado Bar, 2000
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, District of Colorado, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Shareholder/Partner, Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado from February 2010-Present. Areas of concentration: municipal law, real estate law, water law, environmental law
  • Shareholder/Partner, Leavenworth & Karp, P.C., Glenwood Springs, Colorado from 2007-January 2010. Associate from 2002-2006.
  • Associate, Holland & Hart, LLP, Denver, Colorado, 2000-2002
  • Graduate Research Assistant for Professor Joseph Sax, Berkeley, California, August 1999 – December 1999
  • Summer Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel Natural Resource Division, San Francisco, California, Summer 1998
  • Environmental Affairs Coordinator, Weber County Government, Ogden, Utah, 1993 – 1996

Civic Representation

  • Town Attorney, Town of Silt
  • Town Attorney, Town of Minturn
  • Water Attorney, City of Rifle
  • Water Attorney, Town of New Castle
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