Water Law

Water is a scarce resource in New Mexico. Many industries depend on water for their continued vitality, including oil and gas and energy production. 

As a result of the challenges associated with regulating such a limited natural resource, New Mexico has developed a unique body of water law that is far more detailed and complex than in many other states.

A Legacy Of Excellence Spanning A Century

At Hinkle Shanor LLP, we have remained on the leading edge of developments in New Mexico’s water law since our founding more than century ago. As one of the largest and most established law firms in the Permian Basin, our growth and success have been driven by our clients’ legal needs, particularly with regard to water rights. We excel at navigating the intricacies of state water law.

Industry Leaders In Natural Resources And Water Law

Our attorneys are leaders in the water law field. We handle all aspects of water law, from acquisition, appropriations and transfers of water rights to environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including water quality issues.

We are well-equipped with expansive knowledge of the law, the industry and the challenges our clients often face. Our lawyers are experienced in appearing before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including:

  • The New Mexico State Engineer
  • The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The firm’s clients include diverse businesses such as oil and gas companies, public utilities, energy companies, residential and commercial developers, municipalities and agribusinesses. While many of our clients are local, we also represent national companies with a presence in the area.

For more than 125 years, the firm has pioneered proactive legal solutions for clients in natural resources and water law.

Contact Us

For more information about our water law practice, please contact the firm. We maintain four offices throughout New Mexico.