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Modrall Sperling is the largest full-service general civil law firm headquartered in New Mexico.
Size of Organization: 80
Year Established: 1937
Web Site: http://www.modrall.com

Telephone: 505-848-1800
Fax: 505-848-1891

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With approximately 80 attorneys, Modrall Sperling is the largest law firm in New Mexico, unmatched for the depth and breadth of its legal services and capabilities. Founded in 1937, it is the second oldest law firm in the state and its members have distinguished, deep and far-reaching roots throughout New Mexico and the West.

With offices conveniently accessible in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Modrall Sperling boasts comprehensive services 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, including complex litigation. From its homegrown roots, the firm has developed significant local and national expertise in natural resources, energy and Indian law. The firm routinely advises clients throughout the country on all aspects of renewable and conventional energy including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, oil and gas, and mining. Firm members routinely address issues related to public lands, environmental law, water rights and quality, NEPA, cultural and historic resources, endangered species including both federal, state, and tribal regulatory issues. The firm has particular expertise in advising those conducting business within Indian Country including real estate permitting and leasing, labor and employment, and conventional and renewable resource development.

Many of the firm's attorneys come to the profession with prior careers already established in their areas of expertise, and, and more than half of the firm's attorneys are litigators. Utilizing a cross-team approach, it is the diverse expertise of the firm's practitioners that provides a basis to effectively address even the most complex multifaceted legal issue. The firm's legal teams work collaboratively to ensure clients receive the best possible legal attention in a manner that is effective and cost efficient. An especially high level of importance is placed on client service throughout the firm, and related training is emphasized for all attorneys. The firm's philosophy is demonstrated through a unique combination of superior legal services, a high-level of responsiveness, and one-on-one regular client visits.

Modrall Sperling lawyers are continuously recognized for excellence in their areas of practice in prestigious independent listings including Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers currently lists 38 of the firm's attorneys. In just recent months, four of the firm's attorneys were chosen "Best of the Bar" by the New Mexico Business Weekly. Eight of the firm's lawyers were named this past year as "Lawyer of the Year" in New Mexico in the areas of Bankruptcy Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Education Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Native American Law, Natural Resources Law and Public Finance Law by Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to serving within the profession, many Modrall Sperling practitioners have held and continue to hold noteworthy key positions in the community and the legal profession. From its talented ranks the firm has produced local and national bar association leaders, judges and prosecutors; members of judicially-appointed committees; policymakers, authors of legal treatises, and professors of the law. Within the firm's current ranks are a former president of the American Bar Association, former members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents, two former U.S. Attorneys for the State of New Mexico, and the in-coming president of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association. Two founders of Modrall Sperling served as Justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions in Agreements with Tribes or Tribal Entities
Deana M. Bennett,Lynn H. Slade, July 16, 2015
Over the past few years, federal courts have seen an influx of cases involving challenges to "payday" lending agreements referencing tribal law or courts, and involving Western Sky Financial, LLC and/or related entities or persons. Some of these agreements include an arbitration provision...

Farm and Ranch Worker Exclusion from the Workers' Compensation Act Declared Unconstitutional
R. E. Thompson, July 6, 2015
On June 22, 2015, the Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico declared the farm and ranch workers exclusion from the Workers' Compensation Act to violate the Equal Protection Clause and therefore is unconstitutional pursuant to the New Mexico Constitution. It is unclear at this time whether the...

Jurisdiction over Suits Against Tribal Entities or Employers
Zoe E. Lees, July 3, 2015
Federal courts must often grapple with the question of jurisdiction over claims brought by a plaintiff against a tribal entity or tribe pursuant to statutes of general applicability, such as the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") or the Employee...


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