D. Brent Rose

Secretary, Director and Shareholder


(801) 322-2516


Mr. Rose brings more than four decades of experience in water law and local government advisement. He represents local and special districts, including municipalities, special water districts, municipal water companies, irrigation companies, private developers, and individuals. Mr. Rose assists clients in a variety of areas including public finance, acting primarily as issuers’ counsel for various issuers of municipal bonds; various matters of local governmental advisement to cities and various special service districts, improvement districts, and water conservancy districts, including the creation of special and local districts of various kinds as authorized under Utah law; and counsels developers on various real estate matters, including water rights advisement, and the preparation and negotiation of annexation and development agreements with various municipalities and special districts having jurisdiction.


  • Juris Doctor, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (1979)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Utah (1976)

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers® (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Water Law (2013-2022)
  • 2017 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers® (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Energy & Natural Resources (2021-2022)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Irrigation Company Bylaws & State Law,” 2018 Utah Water Users Workshop (St. George, Utah – 2018)
  • “Special District Board Governance Issues,” Rural Water Association (Layton, Utah – 2016)
  • “Utah Local and Special Districts, Creation, Powers, etc.,” Utah Water Users Association (St. George, Utah – 2012)
  • “Civility and the Legal Profession,” Rural Water Association (North Salt Lake, Utah – 2010)
  • “Civility,” Water Law and Policy Seminar (St. George, Utah – 2010)
  • “Water Rights and Irrigation,” Rural Water Association of Utah (North Salt Lake, Utah – 2009)
  • “Base Reuse,” OSD Conference (Boston, Massachusetts – 1996)
  • “Ramification of Legislation to the Utah Water Right Forfeiture Statute,” Utah State Bar Water Law and Policy Seminar (Salt Lake City, Utah – 1996)
  • “Water Rights – Determining Ownership, Avoiding Problems, and Perfecting Security Interests,” CLE International – Utah Water Law Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah – 1995)
  • “Title Problems with Water,” CLE International – Utah Water Law Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah – 1994)
  • “Bear Lake Storage – Challenges and Solutions,” Utah Water Summit (Salt Lake City, Utah – 1994)
  • “Municipal Impact Fees,” League of Cities and Towns Convention, Engineer’s Section (Salt Lake City, Utah – 1990)

Representative Clients

Local/Special District and Interlocal-Agency Clients:

  • Central Utah Water Conservancy District, under Steven E. Clyde, general counsel (dealing primarily with contracts and municipal bond financings)
  • Granger-Hunter Improvement District
  • Roy Water Conservancy District
  • Stansbury Park Improvement District
  • South Weber Improvement District
  • Uintah Highlands Improvement District
  • Alpine Water Special Service District
  • Thompson Special Service District
  • North Tooele City Special Service District
  • Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency (agency created by interlocal agreement among the Grand County Water Conservancy District, Grand Water Special Service District, and Spanish Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District)
  • Stansbury Service Agency (agency created by interlocal agreement among the Stansbury Recreation Service Area and the Stansbury Greenbelt Service Area)

Irrigation Companies:

  • Bear River Canal Company
  • Cache Highline Water Association
  • Haights Creek Irrigation Company
  • Wasatch Irrigation Company
  • North Logan Pipeline Company
  • Logan North West Field Irrigation Company
  • Logan North Field Irrigation Company
  • Wilson Irrigation Company

Association Clients:

  • Utah Water Users Association
  • Rural Water Association of Utah
  • Utah Association of Irrigation and Canal Companies
  • Bear River Water Users’ Association

Other Experience

  • Vice President, Prudential Bache Securities, Municipal Finance Division
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Stansbury Recreation Service Area, 16 years
  • President, Texas Lubbock Mission, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2005-2008)


  • Born in Salt Lake City, Utah and currently residing in Stansbury Park, Utah

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