Claire E. Sollars

Claire E. Sollars

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Claire, a Colorado native, began her career in Colorado water law in the 1980’s while studying mined land reclamation and working for the Department of Agronomy at Colorado State University.  Before starting law school at the University of Wyoming in 1990, she continued that career path and gained a real-world education in water matters related to coal mining while employed as an environmental specialist in northwest Colorado.  Since 1993, Claire’s legal practice has been focused on Colorado water law and related real estate concerns, where she has had the honor of working with Routt County individuals, business entities and municipalities.

Claire’s interest in Routt County water and real property matters extends to the community.   In 1996, she was appointed to serve on the Citizens’ Advisory Board for the newly-created Routt County Purchase of Development Rights Program, where she currently serves as the Board’s chair.  Claire and representatives from land conservation organizations authored the criteria and scoring system for the program; as of July 2015, the PDR Program has been instrumental in helping to conserve over 40,597 acres of agricultural property, open space, natural areas, and wildlife habitat in Routt County.  She also has spoken at the local Water Forum and Land Stewardship Course about Colorado water law and land conservation.

Claire joined the firm of Cantafio Hammond in 2015 after taking a part-time leave in 2010 from the practice of water law to spend more time with her children.  She and her family enjoy outdoor activities, particularly river rafting, skiing, hiking, and bicycling, and spending time at their Routt County property with their dog, horse and chickens.

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1993
  • Wyoming, 1994


  • University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Law Review: Land and Water Law Review, Comment Editor, 1992 - 1993
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
    • B.S. - 1981
    • Major: Mined Land Reclamation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Water Congress
  • Colorado Foundation for Water Education
  • Northwest Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors Representative (2000-2010); Recipient of Professionalism Award (2000); President (1999-2000); Recipient of various Pro Bono Service Awards, 1993 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Section Member of Water Law Section, Natural Resources & Energy Law Section, Agricultural & Rural Law Section; Executive Council Member (2003-2004); Fellow, Colorado Bar Foundation (2002); Recipient of 100 Hour Club for Pro Bono Service (2000 and 2001), 1993 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC, Started as Law Clerk in 1992 and earned Member Status in 1996, 1992 - 2010
  • Claire E. Sollars, Attorney at Law, 2010 - 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Routt County Purchase of Development Rights: Citizens' Advisory Board, 1996 - Present
  • Community Agricultural Alliance, Inc., guest lecturer for Land Stewardship Course regarding water law and land conservation (2010, 2013, 2015)
  • Colorado Bar Association - Northwest Colorado Bar Association