Walter brings over thirty years of experience providing representation, advice and counsel to businesses and individuals in their dealings with Indian tribes and public land management agencies, like the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico State Land Office. Walter's practice is focused on natural resources, energy and environmental law.
Clients throughout the west and across the country seek Walter's advice in matters involving transactions, disputes and consultations with Indian tribes and other Native American groups. In addition, clients look to Walter when pursuing federal lands leasing, development, and related permitting and environmental compliance efforts under the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA"), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and related federal statutes.
Walter also is actively involved in community and professional non-profit organizations. He has served as President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, a world-class continuing education provider for professionals working in the areas of natural resources development and environmental law. In addition, Walter is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Albuquerque Academy, an independent day school.
Walter's work is highlighted by clients for his keen "focus on the details and his excellent case strategy," as reported by in the most recent edition of Chambers USA , where he has been recognized continuously in Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries and Native American Law since 2004. Walter was named "Lawyer of the Year in Oil & Gas – Albuquerque" in 2012 and "Lawyer of the Year in Native American Law – Albuquerque" in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America®, where he has been listed since 1995. In addition, Walter has achieved the AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell , has been selected as one of the "Top 25 Super Lawyers in New Mexico" by Southwest Super Lawyers® and was chosen as "Best of the Bar in Native American Law" in 2010 by the New Mexico Business Weekly .
Walter serves as President of Modrall Sperling and Chair of the Executive Committee. He has previously served as the firm's Client Service Partner, Co-Chair of the Native American Law practice group and Chair of the Public Lands Group.
Walter enjoys hiking, skiing, and mountain bike riding that does not involve crashing on boulders.
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1982, cum laude
- University of California at Berkeley, B.S. in Forestry, 1978, with honors
- 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
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims