- University of New Mexico, J.D., graduated 1989
- Grinnell College, BA, graduated 1981
- New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico
- New Mexico, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- New Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- New Mexico, United States Supreme Court
- Association of Commerce and Industry - Energy and Extractive Industries Committee
- Modrall Sperling's Natural Resources Department - Chair
- New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division - Member, Director's Advisory Committee
- New Mexico Mining Association - Environmental, Legislative Affairs, and Coal committees
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Board Member and Trustee
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for:
- Litigation - Environmental, Santa Fe (2020)
- Environmental Law, Santa Fe (2019)
- Litigation - Environmental, Santa Fe (2018)
- Natural Resources Law, Santa Fe (2016)
- Mining Law, Santa Fe (2015)
- Litigation - Environmental, Albuquerque (2013)
- Mining Law, Albuquerque (2012)
- Environmental Law, Albuquerque (2011)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Environmental Law
- Litigation - Environmental
- Mining Law
- Natural Resources Law
- Best Lawyers of America® in Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, Mining Law and Natural Resources Law, 2008-present
- Chambers USA Directories of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries, 2010-present
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
- New Mexico Business Weekly "Best of the Bar in Natural Resources," 2011
- International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, 2003-present
- Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL) Section of the State Bar of New Mexico Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year, 2018
- Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey), 2008-present; “Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers,” 2018-2019
Areas of Expertise:
- Clean Water Act
- Environmental Cleanup
- Hard Rock
- Industrial Minerals
- Mental Health
- Precious Metals
- Superfunds/Environmental Remediation
Lawyer Case History
Mining Claims, Staking and Notice Requirements
Advised Burrell Resources Group and numerous other clients on mining claims, staking and notice requirements on federal public lands or split estate lands under the General Mining Law of 1872 and the Stock Raising Homestead Act of 1916.
Minera Peñasquito S.A. de C.V. v. Shannon, et al.
- Litigated in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on behalf of Goldcorp and its Mexican mining subsidiary, Minera Peñasquito, in connection with a failed transaction to purchase over four million dollars' worth of large mine equipment tires. The case resulted in judgments being entered in favor of Minera Peñasquito against defendants. See Minera Peñasquito S.A. de C.V. v. Shannon, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. No. CIV 09-1149 BB/WDS (D. NM).
Conway v. Mainline Rock and Ballast, Inc. and EUCON Corp
- Lead litigator for Mainline Rock & Ballast in suit over complex mining transaction involving rights to royalties and related payments associated with development and production from a quarry on split-estate lands. Case resolved through a mediated settlement. See Conway v. Mainline Rock and Ballast, Inc. and EUCON Corp.,Seventh Judicial District Ct. (NM) No. D-0722-CV-2006-00174.
Rayellen Resources, et al., v. NM Cultural Properties Review Committee, et. al.
- Represented a group of substantial mineral interest owners in challenging a New Mexico agency's designation of over 700 square miles of the Grants uranium belt as a "traditional cultural property" at the request of five nominating tribes and pueblos. Initially sustained a due process challenge in State District Court, a decision later overturned by the New Mexico Supreme Court. See Rayellen Resources, et al., v. NM Cultural Properties Review Committee, et. al., NM Supreme Court, No. 33,497 (Feb. 6, 2014).