Zachary McCormick's practice encompasses a wide range of civil litigation and transactional advice, including antitrust, state taxation (gross receipts and property taxes), education law, and appeals (both judicial and administrative.) He has represented private individuals, corporations, school districts, and cities and counties in New Mexico. Mr. McCormick began his career at Modrall Sperling in 1977.
In addition to his legal career, Mr. McCormick has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. He has worked as a petroleum geologist and taught a wide variety of courses in physical and cultural geography at Oklahoma State University, Ohio University, and the University of New Mexico. He also served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee on Shared Use of Transboundary Water Resources, which developed a set of model water-sharing agreements.
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1977, summa cum laude
- Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 1994
University of New Mexico, M.A. in Geography, 1987
University of New Mexico, B.A. in History, 1973
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Tax Court
Zachary McCormick has been involved in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as administrative and public law matters.
- Successfully challenged an approximately $30 million dollars assessment for coal severance surtaxes of a period of years.
- Successful action, by writ of prohibition, to overturn an election result which would have resulted in an amendment to the New Mexico constitution expanding certain school boards to nine members. The case turned on whether or not the proposed amendment amounted to "logrolling" in violation of the New Mexico Constitution.
- Brought an action on behalf of a New Mexico municipality concerning the erroneous application of the property tax yield control mechanism because the municipality was not being permitted to receive all of the property tax revenues it should have been receiving. The case was settled in favor of the municipality.
- Successfully defended an action against a school district in which a contractor sought in excess of one hundred thousand dollars in additional compensation. Instead, the district obtained judgment on a counterclaim for several hundred thousand dollars.
- Successfully litigated the right for facilities governed under the Continuing Care Act to be exempt from property tax.
- Advised clients in various industries on the application of New Mexico's Gross Receipts Tax system and potential deductions and exemptions from gross receipts tax.