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Jones Waldo Attorney Appointed Special Master in Water Rights Case


SALT LAKE CITY – November 3, 2016 –Jones Waldo is pleased to announce that shareholder Rick L. Knuth has been appointed Special Master in the general adjudication of water rights in the Utah Lake and Jordan River drainage.

As Special Master, Mr. Knuth will conduct evidentiary hearings, oversee discovery, rule on procedural and substantive motions, and will submit reports and recommendations to the District Court for final disposition of water right claims in the general adjudication of all water rights in the subject area, which includes all of Salt Lake County and the urbanized parts of Utah County. The boundaries of the general adjudication extend from northern Sanpete County in the south, to central Davis County in the north, and from the Heber Valley in the east, to the crest of the Oquirrh Mountains on the west.

During the last general session, the Utah State Legislature amended the statute to allow for the appointment of a master in general adjudication cases. Those statutory changes and corresponding funding passed during the general session, were aimed at modernizing and streamlining the general adjudication process. Masters are rarely used and then typically only employed in highly specialized cases. With over 65 applicants, Rick Knuth was honored to accept the position.

“This appointment is an honor for me, personally, and I thank the Legislature and the Court for giving me this opportunity to serve my state” said Rick Knuth, Shareholder at Jones Waldo. “Over my 35-year legal career, I have worked on many fascinating cases, but I’m looking forward to the unique complexities and challenges that this appointment will bring.”

“Rick is an extremely talented attorney, and we at Jones Waldo value his extensive background and experience,” said Keven Rowe, president of Jones Waldo. “His recent appointment to Special Master shows that his expertise is recognized state-wide.”

In addition to water law, Mr. Knuth's practice focuses on real estate and real estate finance, banking law, and bankruptcy and insolvency. He is a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and was named Best Lawyers in America’s Salt Lake City 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Litigation.

To learn more about Rick’s background, click here.


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