W. B. Schroeder Law Office
W. B. Schroeder Law Office

Welcome to the W. B. Schroeder Law Office


About Wayne B. Schroeder


Having practiced over fifty years in eminent domain/condemnation, water law, and land use law and litigation, I now offer legal services in those practice areas from my home office in Boulder. My clients have included landowners, mutual ditch companies and metropolitan districts, and I have offered appellate argument over sixty times in various courts. Since 2008, I have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.


     In addition to Colorado's courts, I am admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Specialty Practice Areas

Eminent Domain/Condemnation


I have tried or settled dozens of cases involving Denver International Airport (DIA) and E-470, the Public Highway Authority's toll road around Denver, the Colorado Department of Transportation's project to expand Interstate 25 (T-REX), various FasTracks projects and various urban renewal projects.  I've acquired property for open space, recreation, drainage improvement projects, water pipelines, city halls, roadways, schools and one county jail.


Water Law


My water law clients have included water and metropolitan districts, water and wastewater authorities, school districts, real estate developers, farmers, ranchers, irrigators, reservoir companies, irrigation companies and golf course developers.  I've secured dozens of complex decrees for the water supply plans of metropolitan districts throughout Colorado, for water districts serving the Town of Vail, for the City of Grand Junction, for Colorado's largest irrigation company, for numerous real estate developers, for new and established ski resorts and golf courses, and for individual property owners.  I've also secured decrees for complicated augmentation plans for the Denver Technological Center and other Southeast Denver Metropolitan Area special districts.


Land Use Law and Litigation


For many years, I have represented both public and private clients in litigation specific to land use and zoning, regulatory takings, governmental authority, constitutional rights of private property owners (42 U.S.C. § 1983), downzoning, vested property rights and tax assessment appeals.

Curriculum Vitae

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1968

  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1968

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1977

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Legal Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado  (J.D. 1968)


  • Water Law, 2A Colorado Methods of Practice 256, C. Krendl Rev. 3rd ed., 1991

  • Colorado Water Law, 6 R. Clark, Waters and Water Rights 61 (R. Beck ed. 1991)

Representative Reported Cases

  • LoPresti v. Brandenburg, 267 P.3d 1211 (Colo. 2011) (water law)

  • Cherokee Metropolitan Dist. v. Meridian Service Metropolitan Dist., 266 P.3d 401 (Colo. 2011) (water law)

  • Jordan-Arapahoe, LLP v. Board of County Comm’rs, 633 F.3d 1022 (10th Cir. 2011) (42 U.S.C. § 1983)

  • Moreland Properties, LLC v. City of Thornton, 559 F.Supp.2d 1133 (D. Colo. 2008)  (42 U.S.C. § 1983)

  • School District No. 12 v. Security Life of Denver Ins. Co., 185 P.3d 781 (Colo. 2008) (eminent domain law)

  • Droste v. Board of County Comm'rs, 159 P.3d 601 (Colo. 2007) (land use law)

  • School District No. 12 v. Security Life of Denver Ins. Co., 179 P.3d 1 (Colo. App. 2007) (eminent domain law)

  • Cherokee Metropolitan District v. Simpson, 148 P.3d 142 (Colo. 2006) (water law)

  • Gold v. Duncan Ostrander & Dingess, P.C., 143 P.3d 1192 (Colo. App. 2006) (eminent domain law)

  • Department of Transportation v. First Place, LLC, 148 P.3d 261 (Colo. App. 2006) (eminent domain law)

  • E-470 Public Highway Authority v. Revenig, 140 P.3d 227 (Colo. App. 2006) (eminent domain law)

  • Droste v. Board of County Comm'rs, 141 P.3d 852 (Colo. App. 2005) (land use law)

  • E-470 Public Highway Authority v. Revenig, 91 P.3d 1038 (Colo. 2004) (eminent domain law)

  • Droste v. Board of County Comm'rs, 85 P.3d 585 (Colo. App. 2003) (land use law)

  • Silver Dollar Metropolitan District v. Goltra, 66 P.3d 170 (Colo. App. 2002) (eminent domain law)

  • Board of County Comm'rs v. Park County Sportsmen’s Ranch, LLP, 45 P.3d 629 (Colo. 2002) (water law)

  • Animas Valley Sand & Gravel Co. v. Board of County Comm'rs, 38 P.3d 59 (Colo. 2001) (eminent domain law)

  • E-470 Public Highway Auth. v. Jagow, 30 P.3d 798 (Colo.  App. 2001) (eminent domain law)

  • Santa Fe Trails Ranches Property Owners Ass'n v. Simpson, 990 P.2d 46 (Colo. 1999) (water law)

  • C-470 Joint Venture v. Trizec Colorado, Inc., 176 F.3d 1289 (10th Cir. 1999) (land use law)

  • City of Grand Junction v. City and County of Denver, 960 P.2d 675 (Colo. 1998) (water law)

  • Farmland Industries, Inc. v. Colorado & Eastern Railroad Co., Inc., 944 F. Supp. 1492 (D. Colo. 1996) (CERCLA law)

  • Farmland Industries, Inc. v. Colorado & Eastern Railroad Co., Inc., 922 F. Supp. 437 (D. Colo. 1996) (CERCLA law)

  • People ex rel. Simpson v. Highland Irrigation Co., 917 P.2d 1242 (Colo. 1996) (water law)

  • City of Grand Junction v. Ute Water Conservancy Dist., 900 P.2d 81 (Colo. 1995) (water law)

  • City of Colorado Springs v. Board of County Comm'rs, 895 P.2d 1105 (Colo. App. 1995), cert. denied, 116 S. Ct. 564 (1995) (land use law)

  • United States v. Colorado & Eastern Ry. Co., 50 F.3d 1530 (10th Cir. 1995) (CERCLA law)

  • American Water Development, Inc. v. City of Alamosa, 874 P.2d 352 (Colo. 1994), cert. denied, 115 S. Ct. 575 (1994) (water law)

  • United States v. Colorado & Eastern Railroad Co., Inc., 832 F. Supp. 304 (D. Colo. 1993) (CERCLA law)

  • Bijou Irrigation Dist. v. Empire Club, 804 P.2d 175 (Colo. 1991), cert. denied, 111 S. Ct. 2017 (1991) (water law)

  • Denver West Metropolitan Dist. v. Guedner, 786 P.2d 434 (Colo. App. 1989) (eminent domain law)

  • Platte River Power Authority v. Nelson, 775 P.2d 82 (Colo. App. 1989) (eminent domain law)

  • Lincoln Sav. and Loan Ass'n v. State of Colorado, 768 P.2d 733 (Colo. App. 1988) (land use law)

  • Fort Lyon Canal Co. v. Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy Dist., 762 P.2d 1375 (Colo. 1988) (water law)

  • City and County of Denver v. Vail Valley Consol. Water Dist., 751 P.2d 68 (Colo. 1988) (water law)

  • Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy Dist. v. Fort Lyon Canal Co., 720 P.2d 133 (Colo. 1986) (water law)

  • Lake Meredith Reservoir Co. v. Amity Mut. Irr. Co., 698 P.2d 1340 (Colo. 1985) (water law)

  • Board of County Comm'rs v. Blecha, 697 P.2d 416 (Colo. App. 1985) (eminent domain law)

  • Broyles v. Fort Lyon Canal Co., 695 P.2d 1136 (Colo. 1985) (water law)

  • City of Thornton v. Farmers Reservoir & Irrig. Co., 194 Colo. 526, 575 P.2d 382 (1978) (eminent domain and water law)

  • Board of County Comm'rs of Weld County v. Loyd Hodge & Sons, Inc., 534 P.2d 638 (Colo. 1975) (eminent domain law)

  • Denver Urban Renewal Authority v. Marshall Mfg. Co., 35 Colo. App. 227, 532 P.2d 746 (1975) (eminent domain law)

  • Board of County Comm'rs v. Wilcox, 35 Colo. App. 215, 533 P.2d 50 (1975) (eminent domain law)

  • Webster v. Colorado Dept. of Revenue, 530 P.2d 988 (Colo. App. 1974) (eminent domain law)

  • Monen v. State Dept. of Highways, 33 Colo. App. 69, 515 P.2d 1246 (1971) (eminent domain law)


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Denver Bar Association