Gunnar J. Paulsen (Associate)

Colorado Attorney Registration #52433

Professional Employment
• Bushong & Holleman PC (Associate Attorney: 2021 – present)
• Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP (Associate Attorney: 2018 – 2021)
• Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP (Law Clerk: 2017 – 2018)
• Colorado Office of the Attorney General, Natural Resources Section (Law Clerk: 2017)
• Acequia Assistance Project at Colorado Law (Director: 2016 – 2017)
• Native American Rights Fund (Law Clerk: 2017)
• Colorado Law Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources (Research Assistant: 2016)
• AmeriCorps VISTA, Guidestone Colorado (VISTA: 2013 – 2015)

Gunnar’s law practice at Bushong & Holleman PC focuses on every aspect of water rights and a wide range of related water quality, environmental, land use, and real property issues. Gunnar represents municipalities, special districts, ski resorts, farms and ranches, industrial entities, and real estate developers. He successfully represents clients in all seven of Colorado’s water courts, district courts, appellate courts, administrative courts, and before multiple state agencies. Gunnar’s practice includes assisting clients with all forms of Water Court and Ground Water Commission adjudications, including new surface and ground water rights, changes of water rights, plans for augmentation and exchange, findings of reasonable diligence, and overall development of water supply plans. Gunnar represents clients in all stages of real estate and water rights transactions, from due diligence investigations, contract drafting, complex agreements, and closings of transactions involving tens of millions of dollars. Gunnar is from Sandpoint, Idaho, which is where his love for exploring the American West by foot, ski, bike, and fly rod was first kindled.

Education and Bar Admissions
• Juris Doctor, University of Colorado, 2018
• Bachelor of Arts (English and Politics Majors), Willamette University, 2012
• Admitted to practice before the bar, State of Colorado, 2018
• Admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of Colorado, 2022

Public Service and Presentations
• Colorado Law Acequia Assistance Project Supervising Attorney (2018 – present)
• Many guest lectures at Colorado Law regarding Colorado water law

Memberships and Honors
• Colorado Bar Association (2018 – present)
• Boulder County Bar Association (2018 – present)
• Colorado Bar Association – Water Law Section (2018 – present)
• Colorado Law Award for Distinguished Environmental Public Service (2018)
• Colorado Law Dean’s List (2017, 2018)
• Willamette University Most Outstanding English Major (2012)
• Mellon Foundation grant recipient (2011)