Natural Resources & Environmental Law


Mattson Ricketts has established itself as a leading law firm for work on issues relating to natural resources, water, and environmental law. Our attorneys have been involved in many of the significant water rights cases in Nebraska and are well versed in the legal aspects of solid and hazardous waste. In addition, our attorneys have held leadership positions within various regional and national organizations relating to natural resources and environmental law. Our dedication to the field has resulted in a wide base of knowledge and experience, as well as an extensive network of relationships with environmental regulators and engineering professionals.

Water Rights

Water is quickly becoming the world’s most precious resource and can inspire many different kinds of conflicts. Our attorneys have taken a leading role in some of the most significant water-related disputes in Nebraska, arguing in front of the Department of Natural Resources, Nebraska Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. We also handle local water conflicts involving drainage, water flow easements, irrigation issues, and regulation by Nebraska’s natural resource districts.

Environmental Permitting, Regulation & Litigation

Our attorneys regularly assist clients with environmental regulation, permitting, and related proceedings. We help clients evaluate regulatory requirements, obtain required permits, and assist with any compliance issues that may arise. Our relationships with the environmental permitting agencies and local engineering professionals allow us to guide clients through these areas with unmatched efficiency.


From renewable energy such as hydropower to oil and gas leases, and ethanol plants, our background and experience make us uniquely qualified to handle any issues that may arise in the course of energy production.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Disposal

There are many unique issues surrounding both the business and regulatory aspects of solid and hazardous waste disposal. Mattson Ricketts has extensive experience in handling all of these issues, from zoning and land use regulation to contract negotiation and disputes to environmental permitting and compliance.