Lynn H. Slade - Modrall Sperling

Lynn H. Slade

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

Carlos is Director of KPMG Abogados’ Tax department. He has an extensive experience in tax planning and structuring of merger & acquisitions, internal reorganizations, consolidation tax regime and in recurrent tax advisory services to corporations.

He also holds over 18 years of extensive experience in tax controversy and litigation, starting before the filing of the return, continuing through the tax administrative procedures and Appeals administrative stages, and up to the litigation stages.

He holds degrees in Law and Economics. He is Member of the Barcelona Bar Association and Catalunya Economics Association.

University of New Mexico School of LawJ.D. 1976University of New MexicoBA 1973
American College of Environmental LawyersThe American Law Institute U.S. Supreme Court Historical SocietyAmerican Bar AssociationState Bar of New MexicoUtton Center for Transboundary ResourcesRocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Case History

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality v. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Represented the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in its successful petition before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review a portion of an EPA regulation (the "Indian country NSR Rule") arguing, among other grounds, that EPA was without statutory authority to displace state implementation plans with respect to non-reservation areas of States because EPA failed to make required jurisdictional determinations that such areas were within a tribe's jurisdiction. The Court of Appeals set aside the rule with respect to the Oklahoma portions challenged. See Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality v. Environmental Protection Agency, 740 F.3d 185 (D.C. Cir. 2014).
Osage Nation v. Irby
  • Led a Modrall Sperling team defending the authority of the Oklahoma Tax Commission to tax incomes of Osage Nation tribal members residing on certain lands the Osage contend are a continuing reservation.  Based on evidence addressing legislative intent and over 100 years of history, the federal district court ruled the reservation was terminated in 1906 and entered judgment in favor of the Commissioners.  The court of appeals affirmed.  See, Osage Nation v. Irby, 597 F.3d 1117 (10th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1553 (2011).
Solar Energy Development
  • Served as Native American/Federal Indian Law counsel to K Road Energy with respect to leases of tribal lands for large scale photovoltaic developments on lands of the Maopa Reservation, Nevada; Chemehuevi Reservation, California; and others.

Client Comments

"Lynn Slade has deep experience in advising clients across a wide range of energy and natural resource matters for projects in which Indian tribes have interests on or are near Indian reservations."

"Lynn is the dean of New Mexico Energy and Natural Resources Law, with strong understanding of the unique intersection of those areas with Native American law. He is tough, practical and very effective. There is no one better in New Mexico."

"Lynn Slade is QEPFS's "go- to" outside counsel concerning Native American issues."

-Cristopher J. Castillo
QEP Field Services Company

"Lynn Slade is a superb lawyer. His expertise in Native American Law is unparalleled and he is a pleasure to work with."

-Paul Darmitzel
Assistant General Counsel
Enterprise Products Partners, LP

"Lynn Slade is the ultimate professional."

-Larry Patton
Senior Assistant General Counsel
Oklahoma Tax Commission

Office Location

500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000
P.O. Box 2168
Albuquerque, NM 87103
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Oil and Gas Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Native American Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area
Lynn H. Slade has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Lynn H. Slade has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Lynn H. Slade has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Lynn H. Slade has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Energy Law (Litigation, Native American Lands, Project Development)
Environmental Law
Native American Law
Natural Resources Law (Energy, Native American Affairs, Oil & Gas)
Oil and Gas Law (Contract, Litigation, Native American, Pipeline)