Preston Hartman, Esq.

Kudos to our Henley colleague, Preston Hartman, Esq., who as of December 2011, serves under Attorney General John Suthers as a deputy on natural resources issues.  Questions concerning municipal land use issues and water rights should be directed to Jessica Peck at

Communications and Policy Consultant, Municipal Land Use Policy and Water Rights

Mr. Hartman is a Denver attorney, lobbyist, and public affairs consultant specializing in natural resources issues unique to western states.  He provides strategic communications and regulatory strategy for water projects and water rights acquisitions, as well as public policy and community engagement related to other natural resources.

Mr. Hartman focuses on increasing transparency and constituency outreach as a way to achieve consensus on decisions related to finite nature resources.  He guides clients through contentious negotiations involving private sector entities, municipal governments, environmental advocacy constituencies, and private property owners.

Mr. Hartman previously served as a Congressional press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives and to U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he advocated for clients in environmental rulemaking proceedings, worked in the Appellate Division of the Colorado Attorney General’s office, and helped a county attorney’s office advise the county’s board of supervisors.  After law school, Mr. Hartman served as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Laurie A. Booras at the Colorado Court of Appeals and practiced water law.  He is a member of the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.

Together with his wife, Christine L. Hartman, Mr. Hartman lives in Denver, where he is an avid white water kayaker, backpacker, runner, and brewer.