Holland & Hart attorney takes cabinet position

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Anne Castle, a Denver partner at law firm Holland & Hart LLP, has been confirmed as assistant secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.

Castle will oversee water and science policy for the sprawling land-use agency, and will be responsible for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Anne Castle has more than 25 years of experience in water rights, water quality, and natural resources law,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator and attorney general, said in a statement. “I welcome Anne to our leadership team and look forward to working with her on the major water and science challenges we face, from climate impacts, to drought and regional water issues.”

The U,S, Senate voted Friday to confirm Castle.

She has served on a number of Colorado panels concerned with water and land use, including the South Platte River Basin Task Force, the Colorado Ground Water Commission, and the Genesee Water and Sanitation District.

At Denver-based Holland & Hart, the largest locally based firm, Castle has focused on water rights issues. She is a former chairwoman of Holland & Hart’s management committee and of its natural resources department.

In 2005 she was a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women in Business” in the professional services category.

Click here for a 2004 DBJ profile of Castle.