Earl DeBrine concentrates his practice in oil and gas, railroad, product liability and commercial litigation. For twenty-eight years, he has represented major energy companies, railroads and manufacturers in lawsuits and negotiations ranging from preferential purchase rights and other disputes under joint operating agreements, environmental and title disputes to oilfield wrongful death claims. He also regularly advises oil and gas producers concerning development transactions and appears before the Oil Conservation Division and Commission in a variety of regulatory matters pertaining to oil and gas development. He serves as the firm's Treasurer, and co-chairs its Oil and Gas Practice Group and its Railroad Practice Group. Earl joined Modrall Sperling in 1987 after receiving his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Best Lawyers in America® selected Earl as 2016 Oil and Gas Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Albuquerque, only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected Lawyer of the Year. Earl has achieved the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell based on a peer review, and named among those listed in Southwest Super Lawyers®. He joined Modrall Sperling in 1987 after receiving his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Earl was raised in the middle Rio Grande valley north of Socorro, New Mexico. He maintains an interest in his family's farm in Lemitar and with his wife Joanna, owns The Capitol Bar, a historic saloon on the Socorro plaza built in 1896.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1987, cum laude
- University of New Mexico, B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting, 1984, with distinction
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court