• "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


Arizona State Bar

Wyoming State Bar

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

  • "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



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With more than 20 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.

Speaking engagements

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.