Meet Our Attorneys

Sara J.L. Irby

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Ms. Irby began practicing law at Fischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn, P.C. in 2005. As a Colorado native, she appreciates the complex issues that come with water law and real property matters, and has dedicated her practice to these areas of law.

Ms. Irby has vast experience in advising her clients in multifaceted real estate transactions and real property matters, including the acquisition and transfer of water rights, agricultural land, and commercial properties; preparing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, complex easements, and commercial leases; and counseling her clients on land use matters, tax deferred exchanges and title issues. She also assists her clients in all aspects of water law from simple well and water rights ownership issues to representing her clients in Division No. 1 Water Court cases, including change of water rights applications, plans for augmentation, and the adjudication of water rights. Additionally, as the owner of a small family business, Ms. Irby brings a unique perspective when helping her clients on their new business ventures. She enjoys assisting clients with forming limited liability companies, partnerships, and S-corporations, and preparing the necessary ancillary documents, such as licenses and non-disclosure agreements. In all her practice areas, Ms. Irby takes a practical approach to reach solutions for her clients in these ever-changing areas of law. Her clients include individual land and water rights owners, municipalities, ditch and reservoir companies, and small and large businesses.

Ms. Irby earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she served as the Comments Editor for the Denver University Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of her class. Following her first year of law school, Ms. Irby worked with victims of human trafficking for the International Organization for Migration in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovinia. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

For more information, call us at (970) 407-9000, or send Ms. Irby an email at sarairby@fbgpc.com.

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Larimer County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives, 2005
  • B.S., University of Colorado at Boulder, Journalism, with Honors Distinction, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • State of Colorado, 2005

Practice Areas

  • Water Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business Law

Published Works

  • The Cruel and Unusual Reality of California’s Three Strikes Law:Ewing v. California the Narrowing of the Eighth Amendment’s Proportionality Principle, 81 DENVER U. L. REV. 519 (2003).