Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak

Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak



More than a decade of litigation and transactional experience in natural resources law. Handles multifaceted water rights cases throughout the states of Colorado and New Mexico.

Dulcinea practices natural resources law, with a particular focus on water and environmental litigation and transactions. She represents municipal, corporate, nonprofit and individual clients in administrative proceedings, litigation, and appeals in both state and federal court and in water contract negotiations. She has provided legal representation in water, public land and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cases.  Dulcinea practices Colorado water law regularly on both the Front Range and Western Slope.

Dulcinea is licensed in both Colorado and New Mexico. Prior to joining Brownstein, she was in private practice in water and environmental law in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her work included federal and state litigation, as well as litigating complex groundwater claims before the administrative hearing examiners of the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer.

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  • J.D., 2009, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.A., 2004, Duke University


  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women's Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Boulder Bar Association

State Bar of New Mexico

Community Involvement


Board of Trustees, Water Education Colorado



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