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In the area of water law, Mr. Wechsler has litigated cases, worked on projects, and negotiated agreements involving surface and groundwater throughout the West. He regularly represents private and public clients in litigation before state and federal courts, in stream adjudication suits, and before the New Mexico State Engineer. Mr. Wechsler has continuously represented states before the United States Supreme Court in interstate water litigation since 2002. He successfully represented the State of Kansas in Kansas v. Colorado, No. 105 Original, and Kansas v. Nebraska, No. 126 Original, and the State of Montana in Montana v. Wyoming, No. 137 Original. He currently represents the State of New Mexico in a dispute before the River Master in Texas v. New Mexico, No. 65 Original, and advises the New Mexico State Engineer in Texas v. New Mexico, No. 141 Original. Mr. Wechsler has worked extensively with experts in the areas of groundwater and surface water hydrology, and regularly advises clients on the sale, lease, transfer, and permitting of water rights. Representative water clients include states, municipalities, ranchers, energy companies, developers, utilities, private industry, and farmers.
In the area of environmental law, Mr. Wechsler assists clients with litigation, permit applications, and agency negotiations, and advises them on the impact of applicable laws. Mr. Wechsler has represented clients in the litigation and resolution of environmental matters in the areas of water quality, air quality, solid waste, hazardous waste, toxic torts, and NEPA. He also has experience with the Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, and the defense of environmental contamination claims. Mr. Wechsler has represented clients before the New Mexico Environment Department, the Environmental Improvement Board, the Water Quality Control Commission and state and federal courts. He has also represented clients in matters involving federal agencies, including the United States Bureau of Land Management, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Corps of Engineers, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the United States Forest Service. Representative environmental clients include many of the leading energy companies operating in New Mexico, water and electric utilities, national laboratories, state agencies, and municipalities.
In the area of public utility regulation, Mr. Wechsler represents public utilities before the Public Regulation Commission. His experience includes multiple general rate cases, certificate proceedings for new carriers and facilities, and disputes between neighboring utilities.
Mr. Wechsler has significant experience in complex civil litigation. He has served as lead counsel on a wide spectrum of trial court and appellate matters, including high-stakes lawsuits involving toxic torts, groundwater and contaminated sites, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, royalties, class actions, multi-district litigation, natural resources, eminent domain, land use, education, and civil rights. Mr. Wechsler works closely with clients to produce the best results in a cost effective manner.
Mr. Wechsler currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.
Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce D. Black, United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico
United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines (1996-1998)
Listed in Best Lawyers in America
Listed in Chambers USA: According to Chambers, clients “applaud his ‘outstanding ability to absorb new material’ while also highlighting his excellent trial skills and approach to client service.”
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
State of Montana
State of Kansas
State of New Mexico
EPCOR Water New Mexico
Sandia National Laboratory
Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority
New Mexico Oil & Gas Association
Interstate Water Disputes
Rio Grande Compact Litigation
Jurisdictional Authority Over Development and Operation of Brackish Groundwater Desalination
Water Rights in New Mexico: Current Issues, Legal Challenges, and Recent Trends
Importing Water to the Middle Rio Grande
New Mexico Administrative Law Institute: Declaratory Judgment Actions
Water Legislative & Litigation Update
Supreme Court Update: Yellowstone River Compact Litigation
Rights of Way on Tribal Lands, Tribal Water Rights Issues, and Environmental Regulation in Indian Country, in Best Practices for Protecting Natural Resources on Tribal Lands - Leading Lawyers Provide Background and Legal Framework for Protecting Rights Over Tribal Natural Resources (Thomson Reuters / Aspatore 2016)
Gunboats on the Colorado: Interstate Water Controversies, Past and Present, 55 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 18-1 (2009).
Understanding New Mexico’s Copper Rules, Vista - Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Laws Section 7 (Summer 2013)
This Land is Our Land: Ranchers Seek Private Rights in the Public Rangelands, 21 J. Land Resources & Envtl. L. 461 (2001).
Professional Memberships and Activities
American Bar Association, Section of Natural Resources Energy and Environmental Law
New Mexico Bar Association, Section of Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Environmental Law Institute
Environmental Law Network
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