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Mikaela Rivera

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Denver, CO

Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP
1350 17th St, Suite 450
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-650-3142
Fax: 720-351-4745
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, General Litigation, Land Use/Zoning
Attorney Profile

Attorney Mikaela Rivera is a partner with the Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP law firm, which has law offices in Denver and Aspen, Colorado. A top-rated, award-winning attorney with more than 17 years of experience, Ms. Rivera represents a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Denver metro area and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Eminent domain

·       Easement disputes

·       Landlord/tenant disputes

·       Property tax appeals

·       Land use and zoning

·       Special district litigation

·       Real estate litigation

·       Homeowner association litigation

·       Quiet title and adverse possession actions

Over the course of her career, Ms. Rivera has successfully handled highly complex cases involving a host of issues for landowners, developers and other stakeholders. Regarded as a leader in her field for eminent domain issues, she helped secure a jury award of more than $50 million on behalf of the owner of the Telluride Valley Floor, which represents the full amount sought by her client for the property. She also routinely conducts lectures and seminars across her region on topics related to eminent domain.

No matter the issues her clients are facing or how complex their needs are, Ms. Rivera delivers highly personalized counsel and customized solutions aimed at helping her clients to resolve their disputes and to reach agreements as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Recognized for her professionalism and service, she holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she received the Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain Award from Best Lawyers in 2017. Moreover, she has earned designation from Law Week Colorado as being among the state's Top Women Lawyers in 2018.

A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ms. Rivera obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2002, where she served as a member of the Moot Court Board. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and she is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar association and the Denver Bar Association.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Eminent Domain
  • 40%General Litigation
  • 10%Land Use/Zoning
Focus Areas



5 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016

About Mikaela Rivera

First Admitted: 2002, Colorado

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Associate Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Board of Directors for the New America School
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Denver Class of 2007


  • Super Lawyers 2016-2019
  • Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain for 2017 by Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Colorado Rising Star 2008-2015
  • Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain, Lawyers.Com, 2017
  • One of 5 Top Women Attorneys, Law Week Colorado, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar association
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • American Bar Association
  • State of Colorado

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado at Boulder, magna cum laude, political science and economics

Other Outstanding Achievements


  • Successuflly precluded City of Lafayette from acquiriting property from Town of Erie by emient domain, 2017

Industry Groups

  • Condemnation And Land Use
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Office Location for Mikaela Rivera

1350 17th St
Suite 450
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 720-650-3142

Fax: 720-351-4745

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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