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Mikaela Rivera Named Top Woman Lawyer by Law Week Colorado

Posted by ADMIN | PUBLISHED: May 10, 2018 at 18:16 PM | UPDATED: 19:05 PM

Founding Partner at Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez Recognized as One of State’s Most Successful Female Attorneys

DENVER (May 10, 2018) – Mikaela Rivera, a founding partner at Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP, has been recognized by Law Week Colorado in its 2018 Top Women Lawyers honors. The publication awards new recognition annually to leading female attorneys in Colorado and honored just six in 2018.

Rivera has extensive experience litigating a variety of commercial disputes arising from complex commercial transactions. Her primary areas of expertise are eminent domain, land use, special district, and real estate related litigation. In eminent domain, Rivera has represented landowners in urban, rural and mountain resort areas in a variety of contexts including urban renewal, open space, highway and other public facility acquisitions. She has particular expertise in industrial and special purpose properties. Rivera has experience not only in defending condemnation actions, but in pre-litigation counseling and negotiations. She represented the owner of the Valley Floor in Telluride in which the jury awarded her client $50,000,000, the full amount sought for the property. Mikaela also has been a frequent speaker on eminent domain issues.

Other areas in which Mikaela has considerable experience include special district litigation, homeowner association litigation, quiet title and adverse possession actions, easement disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, property tax appeals, representing landowners and developers in disputes regarding development rights, and employment litigation.

Mikaela is a graduate of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Denver Class of 2007. She served on the Associate Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Denver and has served as a mentor in the community program. Mikaela also served on the Board of Directors for the New America School, an English as a Second Language charter school with four campuses in Colorado. Mikaela has served on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association as well as that of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Mikaela also was named one of Law Week Colorado’s 2008 Up and Coming Lawyers and a Super Lawyers Colorado Rising Star 2008-2015.

Mikaela received her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, where she served on the Moot Court Board and interned for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez. She received her undergraduate degree in political science and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating magna cum laude.


With offices in Denver and Aspen, Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP (WCRJV) practices law with the single purpose of serving its clients’ best interest. The firm’s partners specialize in all aspects of commercial litigation, real estate and land use law. The attorneys believe the key to both successful dispute resolution and real estate transactions is the early identification of strategic goals and constant attention to the changing contours of the matter as it progresses and moves toward resolution or closing. Learn more at