Lynn Slade serves clients' needs addressing Federal Indian law and Native American law, energy, natural resources, environmental law, project development, complex litigation and transactions for over 30 years. In his Indian law practice, Lynn advises and counsels natural resource and energy developers, financial institutions, utilities, and other businesses in transactions and project development, including extensive involvement with renewable energy projects. He also leads litigation teams in disputes concerning resource development, environmental regulation and business activities on Indian lands. In addition, Lynn represents oil and gas exploration and production and mid-stream companies and associated financing and equity investing parties in the purchase, sale, financing and operation of oil and gas producing and transportation assets, and he has represented participants in gas and electric markets before federal and state agencies.
Lynn Slade's experience in energy markets includes both renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, biomass, and wind energy projects, and fossil fuel or conventional energy resources, including oil and gas exploration and production, royalty accounting, and taxation, and negotiation and drafting of leases, joint venture agreements, and pipeline or transmission rights-of-way agreements. On the litigation side, he has been involved in federal, state, and tribal trial and appellate courts in numerous states, providing counsel in complex mediations and arbitrations. Lynn's clients include Enterprise Product Partners, Peabody Energy, Sempra Energy, and the State of Oklahoma, including Tax Commission and Water Resources Board.
Lynn received national recognition from Chambers USA, which notes that he is widely considered to be "one of the best Native American law attorneys" in New Mexico and on a nationwide basis. He is described by one commentator as "an outstanding lawyer with superb expertise in Native American law. He has very good negotiation skills and knows the law very well." He couples his leading practice in Native American law with a strong offering in the energy and natural resources space, where he is involved in both litigation and transactions. Sources observe that "he's hard-working and understands energy very well" and is "a very, very good lawyer who's involved in a lot of regulatory work." For more than twenty-five years, he has been listed by Best Lawyers in America®, and named Lawyer of the Year – Albuquerque in multiple areas: Oil and Gas Law, 2014; Native American Law, 2012; Natural Resources Law, 2012; Energy Law, 2011. In addition, he has received recognition from Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as one of the Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers; from Benchmark Litigation as a local Litigation Star; and New Mexico Business Weekly, Best of the Bar in Native American Law, 2009. Lynn has an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, based on a peer review.
Lynn serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Native American/Federal Indian Law Practice and is a member of the Natural Resources and Environment; Oil, Gas & Midstream; and Renewable Energy Practice Groups.
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1976, Editor, New Mexico Law Review, 1975-1976
- University of New Mexico, B.A. in Economics, 1973
- New Mexico
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit