Modrall Sperling

Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries Department

New Mexico
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  • Modrall Sperling has substantive knowledge in the areas of mining, oil and gas, water, energy, environmental law, public lands and Indian law.
  • Long-standing (often decades) representation of clients in multiple areas including the most significant resources development clients in New Mexico.  Examples are BHP Billiton (San Juan Coal Company and BHP Navajo Coal), Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (Chino, Tyrone and Cobre Mines), Rio Grande Resources (Mt. Taylor uranium mine), Peabody Energy (Lee Ranch and El Segundo coal mines).
  • National practice of advising clients in business development projects in Indian country.
  • High-profile water resources representation in the West, including long-term involvement in stream adjudications, interstate disputes and Indian water rights litigation and settlements.
  • Environmental litigation and regulatory practice covering all media (air, water, soils, etc.), all categories of sources of waste (solid, liquid, hazardous and radiological), and the interface between federal and state regimes applicable to private and public lands including representation of states municipalities and energy interests.
  • Traditional and renewable energy resources supply, transmission and utilities clientele and expertise.  


Butzier, Stuart R. (Head of Department)

Bennett, Deana M.

Bisong, Susan

Cooney, John R

DeBrine, Earl E.

Drake, Joan E.

Edelman, Spencer L.

Fields, Timothy L.

Harris, Stan N.

Hough, Lance D.

James, Robin E.

Killion, Christopher H.

Lewis Meister, Margaret

Lisberger, Carl W.

Nichols, Brian K.

Nieman, Nathan T.

O'Brien, Maria

Russell, Nicole T.

Sheehan, Christina

Slade, Lynn H.

Stern III, Walter E.

Stevenson, Sarah M.


Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Arizona Public Service

BHP Billiton and its subsidiaries

Clean Line

El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1

El Paso Natural Gas/ KinderMorgan

Enterprise Products Partners, LP

EOG Resources, Inc.

Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold


New Mexico Copper Corporation

Rio Grande Resources Corporation

State of Oklahoma

SunZia Transmission, LLC

Tri-State Generation and Transmission


Air Quality


Environmental Law

Mining & Metals

Natural Resources

Oil and Gas

Pipelines and Transmission

Private Clients / Individuals

Private Lands


Utilities and Infrastructure

Wastes/ Contaminated Properties

Water Rights and Water Quality