Sharon T. Shaheen
Recognized in:Environmental Law
Law School:University of New Mexico
Location:325 Paseo de PeraltaSanta Fe, NM 87501
- University of New Mexico , Juris Doctor, graduated 2005
- University of North Texas, Bachelor of Music, graduated 1979
- New Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit
- New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico
- New Mexico, U.S. District Court
- American Bar Association - Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
- First Judicial District - Access to Justice Committee
- First Judicial District Bar Association - Outgoing President
- New Mexico Supreme Court - Appellate Rules Committee
- New Mexico Women’s Bar Association - Board member
- Oliver Seth American Inn of Court - Barrister
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Mineral Law Foundation
- State Bar of New Mexico - Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Environmental Law
- New Mexico - Court of Appeals
Lawyer Practice Areas
Lawyer Case History
- Representing a land developer before the Office of the State Engineer in a protested application to appropriate water.
- Representing clients in various purchases and sales of water rights and land with appurtenant water rights.
- Representing clients in applications to change the place and purpose of use and point of diversion of water rights before the Office of the State Engineer.
- Evaluating the existence and nature of water rights and advising clients regarding the manner in which such rights can be protected.
- Representing client in negotiating and drafting a contract with a state agency to offset groundwater pumping impacts on the Rio Grande.
- Representing clients in drafting and getting Office of the State Engineer approval of return flow plans.
- Representing clients in obtaining permits from the Office of the State Engineer.
- Representing mutual domestic water association in obtaining relief from developer who constructed sub-standard water system.
- Drafting briefs and other papers in interstate water cases.
Oil and Gas
- Litigating royalty payment class actions.
- Litigating title disputes between operators and between operators and mineral owners.
- Representing mineral owners before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.
- Evaluating status of mineral rights ownership and advised clients regarding leasing of same.
Property and Real Estate
- Representing client regarding title dispute on appeal.
- Drafting purchase and sale agreements for unique land transactions.
- Resolving title issues.
- Litigating easement claim between municipality and developer.
- Counseling home owners regarding right of access over tribal property.
- Drafting easements and easement agreements for conservation and road easements.
- Facilitating settlement of water contamination claims by obtaining restrictive covenants from land owners, inter alia.
- Representing client in reaching settlement with State Land Office after denial of access easement.
- Representing client with radioactive materials license in enforcement action.
- Advising client regarding public water system and compliance with drinking water regulations.
- Defending class actions concerning royalty paymentsDefending oil and gas client in numerous simultaneous collection actions.
- Defending electric cooperative in employee personal injury “Delgado” claim with numerous defendants.
- Representing defendant in asbestos lawsuit with more than 50 defendants.
- Representing defendant in class action for bad faith insurance practices.
Chavez v. N.M. Public Education Department, 621 F.3d 1275 (10th Cir. 2010) (on briefs) (obtained reversal of district court’s ruling that agency had violated the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act)
City of Rio Rancho v. AMREP Southwest, Inc., 2011-NMSC-037, 150 N.M. 428, 60 P.3d 414 (represented municipality in obtaining reversal of district court’s summary judgment)
Gomez v. Chavarria, 2009-NMCA-035, 146 N.M. 46, 206 P.3d 157 (on briefs) (successfully represented insurance company in appeal of district court’s determination that the statute of limitations had run)