Stuart R. Butzier

Stuart R. Butzier


Modrall Sperling

Recognized since 2008

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Litigation - Environmental

Mining Law

Natural Resources Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mining Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Mining Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Environmental Law
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Stuart Butzier has assisted mining, energy, high-tech, industrial and ranching clients throughout his thirty-plus year legal career with Modrall Sperling. His counsel has included helping clients strategically navigate the maze of environmental and mining regulatory and permitting regimes, the morass of litigation, and the unique challenges of complex deals and real property transactions involving private, Federal, State, Indian and split-estate lands.

Recognized in the area of Natural Resources & Environment by Chambers USA, “Stuart Butzier is a standout name in the mining space, and is held in very high regard by clients and peers alike.” One client describes him as “highly professional and very much a guiding light,” while another notes that “he has a very clear understanding of the law and is a good strategist.” In 2021, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America named Stuart one of the top 500 natural resources and energy lawyers in the country. Stuart was named by the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (NREEL) Section of the State Bar of New Mexico as the 2018 NREEL Lawyer of the Year. The award is given to a single attorney each year for “demonstrating professionalism and integrity, superior legal service, exemplary service to the NREEL Section, and service to the public.” Best Lawyers® has named him as “Lawyer of the Year” ten times in Albuquerque or Santa Fe for Environmental, Mining or Natural Resources Law. He has achieved the AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to Southwest Super Lawyers®, being named a Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyer from 2018 to 2022.

Stuart currently is the firm’s elected Vice President and is serving a fourth term as a member of the Executive Committee. He is a former Managing Director of the firm’s Santa Fe office. Stuart has devoted himself to ensuring that the firm’s attorneys and staff are primed to provide excellent, cost-effective service to clients. Stuart is a team player who is adept at helping clients and colleagues pursue their business and professional goals. He also helped to recruit many of the firm’s bright and diverse young attorneys.

Stuart is actively involved in professional and community non-profit organizations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), the Immediate Past President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a past President of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association, and a past Chair of the Section of Natural Resources of the State Bar of New Mexico. Stuart also serves as Vice-Chair of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL). He has contributed countless hours as program chair, author and speaker in connection with legal education programs and publications in New Mexico, throughout the West and internationally. In 2019 Stuart was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to serve on its Proactive Regulation of Attorneys Committee.

Stuart’s civic involvement has included serving as President of New Mexico KidsMatter, a nonprofit group of volunteers serving as court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children, and as President of the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Foundation. He enjoys playing guitar in an active band and supporting the music scene in New Mexico. His other interests, apart from his family, include basketball (as a former college player and youth coach), gardening and natural landscaping, amateur photography and art.

Locations
  • 123 East Marcy Street, Suite 201
    P.O. Box 9318
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-9318
  • 500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000
    P.O. Box 2168
    Albuquerque, NM 87103
Education
  • University of New Mexico, J.D., graduated 1989
  • Grinnell College, BA, graduated 1981
Bar Admissions
  • 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
Affiliations
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers - Fellow
  • 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

Modrall Sperling
Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico

34 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mining Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Mining Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Environmental Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Environmental, Santa Fe (2022)
  • Environmental Law, Santa Fe (2021)
  • 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 2023 for work in:
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Mining Law
  • Natural Resources Law
Special Focus:
  • Administrative
  • Administrative/Regulatory
  • Appellate
  • Clean Water Act
  • Coal
  • Commercial
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Hard Rock
  • Industrial Minerals
  • Litigation
  • Mental Health
  • Mining
  • Permitting
  • Precious Metals
  • Reclamation
  • Regulatory
  • Superfunds/Environmental Remediation
  • Water
Awards:
  • International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, 2003-present
  • 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
  • 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
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law - Management

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