Erika Gibson – Associate

Erika’s practice involves most civil matters including water law, real estate, corporate governance, business transactions, and estate planning. She serves a broad range of clients with care and competency, from negotiating complex business agreements, to securing and protecting legal water supplies for ranchers, homeowners, and special districts, to helping families think through estate-planning goals.

Born and raised in Colorado, Erika has maintained a professional and personal interest in western resources and politics. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the River Commissioner for the City of Glenwood Springs and volunteers for the Middle Colorado Watershed Council. Erika enjoys life on the Western Slope trail running, river running, and running a paintbrush across canvas.

Practice Specialties

  • Water Law
  • Real Estate, Real Property, and Land Use
  • Estate Planning
  • Business and Contract Law
  • Transactions and Negotiations

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 9th Judicial District Bar Association, Vice President
  • City of Glenwood Springs, River Commissioner, Vice Chair, 2016–present
  • Middle Colorado Watershed Council, Public Outreach Committee
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Roaring Fork Leadership Academy (2019-2020)

Experience

  • Beattie, Houpt & Jarvis, LLP, Associate, 2021–present
  • Balcomb & Green, P.C., Associate, 2016–2021
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law Clerk, 2014
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Law Clerk, 2013
  • State of Colorado, Governor’s Energy Office, 2009–2012

Bar Admissions

Colorado, 2015

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, 2015, J.D.
  • Columbia University, 2005, B.A., Political Science

Publications

  • Author, Your Watershed Column: Unpacking Snowpack in the Upper Colorado Basin. Link
  • Author, Solid Ground for Tribal Groundwater: A Look at Implied Rights to Groundwater Quality and Property Rights in the Subsurface, 31 JENVLL 269