Our Experience. Your Results.

CKBlueShift is the trade name for Culp & Kelly, LLP, a specialized law and policy firm focused on addressing the critical issues surrounding water and natural resource management in the American West. With broad expertise in water law and policy, water quality law and policy, natural resources law and policy, and strategic planning and policy engagement, we serve a diverse client base that includes non-profit foundations and non-governmental organizations, municipalities, industry, agricultural interests, and investors.

While we specialize primarily in water, water quality, and natural resources law and policy, we work as co-counsel with other major U.S. law firms, relying on their expertise to better serve our clients in areas such as traditional environmental law, environmental litigation, facility siting and permitting, and real estate law, as well as corporate and transactional matters, securities law, and tax.

Our Philosophy

The combined effects of climate change, population growth, economic shifts, and the long-term legacy of environmental degradation and ecosystem decline are driving a "new normal" that is creating growing challenges for traditional water and natural resource management approaches. 

In many cases, these challenges are developing at a rate and scale that cannot be easily accommodated within our existing natural resource laws and policies, and are creating untenable risks for cities, agriculture, industry, and the environment that exceed the capacities and financial resources of traditional resource managers to address. 

We specialize in representing clients who, like us, see this as the moment for change.  Whether through individual legal proceedings, infrastructure planning and permitting, policy advocacy, strategic investments, or finding opportunities for philanthropic and private capital to drive improved law and policy, we are focused on supporting the innovation and change that our clients are bringing to Western resource management.