Richard is a retired attorney whose practice emphasized water law and environmental law, especially as the same are relevant to irrigation districts and municipalities. He was a director of the American Agricultural Law Association, and has a lengthy record of teaching in continuing legal education programs. He has been honored by having his biography published in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
Most of Richard’s professional life has focused on the settlement of Native American water rights claims, and the implementation of the same. He worked on the successful settlement of claims asserted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Ft. McDowell Indian Community, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the Gila River Indian Community.
Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, P.L.C. Phoenix, AZ; February 2000 - present
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Phoenix, AZ; 1994 - 2000
Ryley, Carlock, & Applewhite, P.A. Phoenix, AZ; 1983 - 1994
Jones, Teilborg, Sanders, Haga & Parks; Phoenix, AZ; 1979 - 1983
Community Service & Involvement
Maricopa County Pollution Control
Vice-President and Member of the Board
American Bar Association
Member, Section on Environmental Law
and Natural Resources; Special Committee on Management Practices
Arizona Department of Water Resources,
Phoenix Active Management Area
Safe Yield Task Force Subcommittee
American Agricultural Law Association
Board of Directors
Annual Symposium Faculty
Presentations and Publications
Valuing Water Infrastructure, a presentation to the annual symposium of the AZ Water Association, May, 2015
Fundamentals of Water Law In Arizona: Protecting Water Rights, Use and Quality. A seminar presentation sponsored by the National Business Institute in October 2003 and 2002.
Culture and Global Water Crisis. Faculty (Panel Member) on program sponsored by the Jesuit Alumni in Arizona, Phoenix, November, 2008.
Recent Developments in Arizona Water Law, National Business Institute, April 2001.
Negotiating Conflicts Over Indian and Other Federal Reserved Water Rights, a presentation given at the Annual Symposium of the American Agricultural Law Association, October 2001.
The Evolution of Environmental Ethics,University of Denver Water Law Review, Volume 2/Issue 1/Fall 1998.
Environmental Ethics. A presentation to the Arizona Water Law Seminar, August, 1998, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education International, Inc.
Fundamentals of Water Law in Arizona: Protecting Water Rights, Use, and Quality. A seminar presentation sponsored by the National Business Institute, November, 1997.
News and Media
Arizona Town Hall Tackles State's Water Future
Thursday, November 19, 2015
ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy: Who are Arizona's vulnerable populations?
Monday, June 16, 2014
By Richard N. Morrison
The Arizona Republic: Addressing issues hurting vulnerable populations builds better Arizona future...
Friday, June 13, 2014
By Richard Morrison
Drake Law School: State and Federal Law in Conflict Over Indian and Other Federal Reserved Water Rights
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2008
By Richard N. Morrison
University of Denver, Water Law Review: The Evolution of Environmental Ethics