Stan N. Harris

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Stan Harris practices primarily in the area of public lands, natural resources, and commercial litigation.  For more than 15 years, he has advised clients at the judicial, administrative, and legislative levels on federal, state, and local issues. Stan has extensive experience in the representation of parties in their disputes involving cultural property, public lands, Indian lands, oil and gas industry, environmental infrastructure matters, and mining transactions. He also represents clients in the area of general commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Stan served as Environmental Counsel to United States Senator Pete V. Domenici in Washington, D.C. and as Law Clerk to the Honorable Lynn Pickard, New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Stan is a member of the Natural Resources and Environment practice group, he serves as Chair of the Public Lands group and the firm's Recruiting Committee.  He has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers® in Energy and Natural Resources.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1993, Editor-in-Chief, New Mexico Law Review, 1992-1993; Editor-in-Chief, United States-Mexico Law Journal, 1992-1993
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in History, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Practice Areas



  • Representation of mining company in successful district court challenge to state agency's designation of over 700 square miles of the State of New Mexico as a traditional cultural property. See Rayellen Resources et al. v. Cultural Properties Review Committee , N.M. Ct. App. No. 31,064 (2011).

  • Tribal v. state court jurisdiction, Meyer Engineering v. Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana , 996 So. 2d 445 (La. S. Ct. 2008), cert. denied , 129 S. Ct. 1988 (2009).

  • Indispensability of county in action to declare a public road, Percha Creek Mining, LLC v. Fust , 2008-NMCA-100, 144 N.M. 569, 189 P.3d 702.

  • Represented a special use permit holder on national forest lands in lengthy alternative dispute resolution proceedings that resulted in an Indian land claim settlement ratified by federal legislation.  Pueblo of Sandia land claim, T'uf Shur Bien Preservation Trust Act Legislation (2003).

  • Tribal vs. federal court jurisdiction, Chiwewe v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Ry. Co., 239 F. Supp. 2d 1213 (D.N.M. 2002).


Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Public Land and Resources Committee, Vice-Chair 

Public Service

  • Environmental Counsel to U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici, Washington, D.C.


Books, Articles and Presentations

  • "Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Issues," Tribal Energy in the Southwest, sponsored by Law Seminars International, December 9-10, 2013, Sandia Resort and Casino
  • "State and Federal Traditional Cultural Properties: The Designation Process and Consequences for Resource Development," 57 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 4-1 (2011)
  • "Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Issues," Tribal Energy in the Southwest, Law Seminars International, 2010
  • "Public Land and Resources, 2010 Annual Report," ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Year in Review 296, 2010
  • "Public Land and Resources, 2009 Annual Report," ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Year in Review 308 (with Brad Grenham), 2009
  • "Cultural Resource Protection Laws," Natural Resource Issues in Indian Country, N.M. State Bar Foundation, 2007
  • "Sacred Sites and Cultural Resource Protection: Implications for Mineral Development On – and Off – Indian Lands," Special Institute on Natural Resources Development in Indian Country 7-1, Rocky Mt. Min. L. Fdn., (with Carla Mattix) 2005
  • Federal Court Invalidates Federal and Indian Gas Leasing Rule
  • Cultural Property Law:A Practitioner's Guide to the Management, Protection, and Preservation of Heritage Resources, American Bar Association, 2004 (with Walter E. Stern, Sherry Hutt, and Caroline M. Blanco), 2004


  • Martindale-Hubbell BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey), 2013-present

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