Partner   •   David B. Hartvigsen

David B. Hartvigsen, Partner


David B. Hartvigsen, a founding member of the firm, has focused his career on water law, local governmental law, and water company governance. He has shaped Utah water law through prominent court cases and key legislation. He represents individual and corporate water right holders, irrigation and canal companies, water districts, and municipalities on all water matters and on related administrative matters such as corporate governance, master planning, impact fee enactments, eminent domain actions, contract bidding and administration, rules adoption and revision. He has also written articles and lectured on many of these topics.

Practice Areas

  • Water Law & Litigation
  • Local Government Law
  • Water Company Governance

Professional Memberships

Admitted to the following:

  • American Bar Assoc.
    • Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
    • Law Practice Management Section
    • State and Local Government Section
  • American Water Resources Assoc.
    • Past President of the Utah Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Assoc.
  • Farm Bureau
    • Idaho
    • Utah
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Rural Water Association of Utah
  • Utah Bar Association
    • Energy, Natural Resources, & Environmental Law Section (Past Chair)
    • Water Law Committee (Past Chair)
    • Government Law Section
    • Utah Bar Journal Committee (Past Online Editor)
  • Utah Association of Special Districts
  • Utah Water Users Association

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2015 - Included in list of “Best Lawyers" in the field of Water Law by The Best Lawyers in America publication.
  • 2014-2015 - Included in list of “Super Lawyers” in Energy and Natural Resource Law by Mountain State Super Lawyers Magazine.
  • 2007-2010 - Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Energy and Natural Resources
  • 2006 - American Water Resources Association, Utah Section, Water Professional of the Year, Private Sector
  • 1986 - American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section, Special Recognition for Paper on Western Fencing Law


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah, 1987
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Utah, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Brigham Young University, 1983 - Graduated with University Honors