D. Brent Rose

Secretary, Director and Shareholder


(801) 322-2516

D. Brent Rose Utah Attorney

Mr. Rose brings more than four decades of experience in water law and local government advisement. He represents public water suppliers including municipalities, special districts (improvement districts, water conservancy districts, special service districts and service areas) and private water companies.  His clients also include private irrigation companies, real estate developers, and individuals in all matters related to water supply and water rights.  Mr. Rose has considerable experience over many years in the creation of new special districts, as well as annexations and boundary adjustments related to special districts.   He also represents private developers on various real estate matters, including water rights advisement and the preparation and negotiation of various agreements including development agreements, annexation agreements, operating agreements, and many other types of agreements, generally related to water issues.

Mr. Rose also represents governmental clients in matters pertaining to public finance and has considerable experience acting as issuer’s counsel in connection with the issuance of municipal bonds, notes and other municipal financing instruments, as well as experience in the formation and representation of public infrastructure districts newly authorized under Utah law.

  • 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 (2013-2024)
  • 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
Court of Admissions
  • Utah State Courts

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