Water Rights Disputes

The legal right to own, control and use water remains of critical importance to municipalities, developers, farmers and ranches, energy producers, landowners, and public and private companies throughout Oklahoma as the world’s most valuable resource is caught in a constant tug-of-war between increasing demand and limited supply.

As part of our comprehensive water rights law practice, McAfee & Taft frequently represents cities and towns, real estate developers, agricultural producers, landowners and trustees, and major industry organizations in disputes over the acquisition, transfer and protection of ground, riparian and surface water rights as well as drainage issues, the manipulation of waterways, the proper determination of maximum annual yields of groundwater basins, and various permitting issues before governmental agencies and in state and federal courts.

Water Rights Disputes Team

Colby J. Byrd

Associate, Industry Group Leader

(405) 270-6059

Garrett J. Reed


(405) 552-2316

Gatlin C. Squires


(405) 270-6096

Jeff L. Todd

Of Counsel

(405) 552-2269