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Modrall Sperling


500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000
P.O. Box 2168
Albuquerque, NM 87103
United States
(505) 848.1800

Firm Details

Modrall Sperling is headquartered in New Mexico and has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  The firm was founded in 1937 and has a long history of excellence in the state, throughout the Southwest and across the United States. With around 65 lawyers, the firm provides the highest quality of legal services with expertise in most areas of civil law. Our diverse client base includes major financial institutions, state and local governmental bodies, insurance companies, national and international corporations, energy and natural resource companies, educational institutions, private foundations, farmers, ranchers, large and small businesses and private individuals.

The firm provides innovative legal solutions in all major areas of legal practice and is fully prepared to meet both the basic and sophisticated demands of business and individual clients in a challenging economy. While we remain dedicated to serving New Mexico and the business community that built our firm, we have a solid regional and national presence in a number of practice areas.

Many Modrall Sperling practitioners have held and continue to hold key positions in the community and the legal profession. Within the firm’s current ranks are a former president, current chair, and members of the American Law Institute, a former president of the American Bar Association, a former chair of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, a former chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, a former state Senator, a former president and the current secretary of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and a former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

The firm has received top rankings from Chambers USA, recommended as a leading litigation firm by Benchmark Litigation, and ranked in 43 practice areas in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the annual law firm survey. In addition, many of the firm’s lawyers are individually recognized in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America® and Southwest Super Lawyers®.

Modrall Sperling is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. The firm is committed to providing equal opportunity at all times without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, and without regard to age or disability. Our success in achieving diversity in ethnicity and gender is reflected in our staff as well as our lawyers.  


Tim Fields

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in New Mexico in Energy Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in New Mexico in Environmental Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in New Mexico in Native American Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in New Mexico in Natural Resources Law with 6 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Albuquerque in Energy Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Albuquerque in Native American Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Albuquerque in Natural Resources Law with 5 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Albuquerque in Oil and Gas Law with 4 lawyers


  • Keep the Dream Alive 2013
  • Stone Soup Philanthropy Award
  • Gold Award from Family Friendly New Mexico (FFNM) 2018, 2019
  • Volunteer Attorney Program’s Special Award for Pro Bono Service
  • Benchmark Litigation New Mexico Firm of the Year 2018,2019


  • Travelers
  • 7-Eleven
  • Albuquerque Academy
  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Andeavor
  • Arizona Public Service
  • BakkenLink Pipeline, LLC
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • BHP Billiton
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.
  • City of Albuquerque
  • City of Farmington
  • City of Rio Rancho
  • City of Santa Fe
  • City of Roswell
  • Clean Line Energy Partners
  • Continental Resources
  • El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1
  • Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.
  • Enel Green Power North America
  • Enterprise Products Partners, LP
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • Farm Credit of New Mexico
  • Fisher Sand & Gravel Co.
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.
  • Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group
  • Holt-Smithson Foundation
  • Invenergy
  • McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Mountain States Mutual Casualty
  • Nacogdoches Oil & Gas
  • New Mexico Copper Corporation
  • New Mexico Family Business Alliance
  • New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
  • New Mexico State University
  • Oklahoma Attorney General
  • Progressive Insurance Co.
  • Rio Grande Resources Corporation
  • Santa Fe County
  • State of Oklahoma
  • SunZia Transmission, LLC
  • Transwestern Pipeline Company, LLC
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • University of New Mexico
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Whatabrands, LLC


Doug Vadnais
Stuart Butzier
Natural Resources, Energy and Environment
Janet Wulf
Executive Director
Peter Franklin

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Education Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mining Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Native American Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Water Law

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New Mexico

New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000

P.O. Box 2168

Albuquerque, NM 87103

United States

(505) 848.1800

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Santa Fe, NM

123 East Marcy Street, Suite 201

P.O. Box 9318

Santa Fe, NM 87504-9318

United States

(505) 983.2020

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