David Johnson

David Johnson

Of Counsel

Practice Areas: Water Law

 

David Johnson is Of Counsel to Rose Law Group and advises the firm on water resources and environmental matters.

Previously, David worked for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District which is the elected board that operates the Central Arizona Project.  The Central Arizona Project is Arizona’s largest renewable water supply and one of the largest water providers in the United States.  In that role, David advised CAWCD on all matters involving the Colorado River including water deliveries and allocations, environmental and natural resources laws such as the ESA, NEPA, and CERCLA, and on tribal water settlements.

David also worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the state agency tasked with managing Arizona various water supplies.  During that time, David advised the State on certain matters related to the Gila River water rights adjudication, on dam safety, groundwater permitting, AMA planning, and on the water rights claims of Indian communities.  David was also responsible for managing the Department’s various regulatory initiatives during his time with ADWR.

Prior to government employment, David worked in private practice where he generally practiced environmental and natural resources law with a diverse range of clients including mining companies, tribal entities, and water and wastewater treatment facilities.

David received his Master of Laws in Environmental Law from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2006 and his Juris Doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2004 where he served as Articles Editor for the SMU Law Review.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 2001. 

David has worked extensively with the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and has served as a member its Executive Council and chair of multiple committees.  David also recently concluded his term as chair of the Arizona State Bar’s Environmental, Energy and Resources Chair.  David spends much of his free time with his wife and in raising his four children.

In The News

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By Aaron Dorman | Pinal Central Maybe it’s a crisis, maybe it’s just an opportunity. But however it’s characterized, issues around water management have taken the forefront in planning future growth for the county and its cities. As major projects come into the county such as Lucid and Nikola auto plants, and housing construction has come roaring back to life in Pinal County,

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By Rose Law Group Staff Reporter Minutes ago the Arizona Department of Water Resources announced to a Pinal County water stakeholders group that Pinal County landowners who do not have assured water supply certificates from ADWR can no longer rely on Groundwater to show the water necessary to allow them to develop their property. ADWR has been working with the

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Pinal Partnership: Rep. Cook, Sen. Shope discuss efforts to find ‘new water’; interviewed by Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group founder and president

By Aaron Dorman | Pinal Central FLORENCE — Building bridges is important for both local infrastructure and political relationships. Such was the takeaway from the first in-person Pinal Partnership breakfast in over a year, featuring Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, and Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge. During a question-and-answer session Friday at the Windmill Winery, the two legislators discussed how the strength

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