Steven C. Smith

“Steve has devoted the bulk of his practice to helping his water clients protect their rights to develop and use our surface water and groundwater resources here in the Panhandle. Steve firmly believes that our local agricultural, municipal, domestic and industrial water users must cooperate and work together in order to protect our common interests from increasing downstream demands.”


  • Fellow of Nebraska Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Irrigation Association (NSIA)
  • Nebraska Water Resources Association (NWRA)


  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Scholastic Honor Society

Noteworthy Cases

  • Peterson v. Gering Irr. Dist., 219 Neb. 275, 363 N.W. 2d 141 (1985)
  • Evertson v. Cannon, 226 Neb. 370, 411 N.W.2d 612 (1987)
  • Goshen Irrigation District, et al. v. United States, et al., 62 F.Supp.2d 1218 (U.S. D.C. Wyo 1999)
  • CNPPID v. NPNRD, 280 Neb. 533, 788 N.W.2d 252 (2010)