Chartrand Law’s founder, Laura L. Chartrand, has over a decade of experience representing business owners, agricultural interests, trade associations, elected officials and government agencies in natural resource matters. This makes her uniquely qualified to provide you with legal, regulatory and legislative representation on matters impacting your economic sustainability. Her previous experience includes:
Deputy Attorney General for the Natural Resources and Environment Section at the Colorado Attorney General's Office. She directed the litigation and general counsel advice for the agencies within the Department of Natural Resources and the environmental divisions of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Water and Agriculture Policy Advisor at the Western Governors' Association. She advised the governors of 19 western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands on a variety of critical natural resources issues. She guided the Western Governors’ positions on the U.S. Forest Service Groundwater Directive and Good Samaritan (abandoned mines) proposed legislation.
Water resources policy advisor at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. She represented Tri-State Generation on the Yampa-Green-White Basin Roundtable and assisted in the design of the Basin Implementation Plan for the Colorado Water Plan.
Laura served on the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance, supporting the development of tools for agricultural producers to provide increased yields and sustainable water use practices.
She spent several years in private practice representing clients on a range of natural resources matters, including water resources and quality, public lands, energy development, and endangered species.
Prior to her legal and policy work, Laura spent nearly fifteen years in higher education and corporate management positions.