Dan McAuliffe

Dan is a shareholder at WSM Law and a director on our board.

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Dan McAuliffe is an attorney and decorated combat veteran. He has more than 25-years of government, contracting, legal, military and  project management experience. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado and the District of Columbia.

A former legislative director to a U.S. Representative and Senator, he has written legislation, secured appropriations and affected the outcome of government regulations. He is an expert in the areas of natural resources, water, real estate, permitting, finance, federal regulations, governmental affairs and public policy.

He was the Deputy Director and General Counsel for the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Assistant Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.  In his role at the CWCB, he practiced water law, obtaining and protecting water rights for the state, reviewing substitute supply and augmentation plans, reviewing flood plain designations and overseeing the financing and construction of water projects throughout the state. He helped established two endangered species recovery programs. He served on the state Supreme Court Committee that wrote the current water court rules. He is also an expert in the areas of Interstate Compacts and International Treaties. As Assistant Director, he oversaw every Colorado Department of Natural Resources agencies including the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety.

As a military lawyer, he has helped thousands of Soldiers with estate, consumer protection, medical and military administrative procedural problems.  He has also advised commanders in the areas of civil law, cyber law, fiscal and contract law, intelligence law, the conduct of investigations and criminal law.

As a private practitioner, Dan has represented businesses and helped them comply with federal regulations, obtain contractis, file claims and protest procurement decisions. He has  advised them regarding corporate law, commercial litigation, employment law, environmental and regulatory compliance, natural resources and intellectual property.

Dan earned his Juris Doctor degree at the American University’s Washington College of Law. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.  He is admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dan holds a Federal Top Secret-SCI Security Clearance; he is an Accredited Attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; he is certified as a US government comptroller and a Graduate of the Naval Justice Institute’s Cyber Law and Operations Course.