Supreme Court of New Mexico, 1987
Professional Memberships and Activities
State Bar of New Mexico
North American Securities Administrators
Business Week, 5-20-88, “Can This Man Contain The Gold Fraud Epidemic?”
Private practice with emphasis on advice to government entities. Clients include subcontract work on behalf of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department as counsel to County Property Tax Protest Boards; Santa Fe County on matters involving annexation and county structure as it relates to land use, building permits and inspections; private owner of historic property on matters of historic renovation, land use, zoning and other related issues.
Supervise and manage 55 employees including engineers, planners, inspectors and
support staff to provide development, administration and enforcement of the City
General Plan, Land Development Code and Building/Environment Codes. Development
and presentation of budgets, strategic plans, work plans and projects.
Provide legal representation to the County Commission, other elected officials, boards and commissions and employees in the course of their work. General duties include review and approval of contracts, leases, insurance and ordinances; drafting Memoranda of Understanding, correspondence, press releases and other documents. More specifically, providing review of Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Orders related to land use committees.
Provide legal representation to the County Commission, other elected officials, boards and commissions and employees in the course of their work. General duties include review and approval of contracts, leases, insurance and ordinances; drafting of Memoranda of Understanding, correspondence, press releases and other documents. Specific assignments included drafting, filing and prosecution of action involving the County’s major insurance carrier with Temporary Restraining Order; creation and development of 16 member water planning group to acquire 18,000 acre feet of water; development of projects to remove abandoned automobiles; review of all tort claims and participation in settlement negotiations.
Supervise staff of 27 including attorneys, paralegals, tax protest specialists, bankruptcy specialists and other support staff. General duties included review and approval of agency litigation strategy; review and assignment of legislation analysis; participation in settlement negotiations; review of contested personnel matters and acting as hearing officer. Specific assignments included reconfiguration of a Department hearing process that was unconstitutional (improper notice) and acting as hearing officer throughout the state in MVD matters of license revocation to provide timely hearings while understaffed.
Supervise a newly created agency of 250 including hearing examiners, attorneys, paralegals, engineers, auditors, accountants, insurance specialists and other professionals. The PRC was created by constitutional amendment that combined the former State Corporation Commission and the Public Utility Commission. General duties included the direct management of the PRC budget, legislation, personnel and oversight of six divisions. The PRC is the second largest jurisdictional agency in the United States and includes oversight of state regulation of electricity, gas, telecommunications, water, wastewater, transportation, pipeline safety, insurance, fire marshal, corporations and consumer relations regarding each of the regulated industries. Specific responsibilities included the human resource management of the combination of two agencies; development of legislation and lobbying on particular matters; representation of the agency in all executive and administrative matters with other agencies; direct supervision of agency coordination of Emergency Operations related to Y2K and the Cerro Grande fire.
Supervise a staff of 25 including attorneys, paralegals, consumer advocates, investigators and other professionals. General duties included preparation and administration of division budgets; staff performance evaluations; review and approval of litigation; direct participation in settlement negotiations; development of consumer education programs including written and video presentation; public education programs utilizing radio and television; preparation of legislation and lobbying. Specific assignments included the development of automobile self-regulatory organizations for the settlement of consumer claims and advertising disputes; increased enforcement of Native American jewelry fraud laws; increased enforcement of subdivision statutes.
Supervised a staff of 18 including attorneys, securities examiners, broker dealer specialists, criminal investigators and other support staff. General duties included preparation and administration of division budget; staff performance evaluations, review and approval of litigation, direct participation in settlement negotiations; development of securities education programs including written and video presentation; public education programs utilizing radio and television; preparation of legislation and lobbying. Specific assignments included the organization and development of Project Goldbrick, a task force of federal, state and local prosecutors and criminal investigators to combat nationwide gold mine frauds resulting in 65 criminal, civil and administrative prosecutions; new laws to streamline the registration process for mutual funds and development of a securities education fund (currently $1.2 million).
Provided in house counsel to real estate securities firms regarding regulatory compliance. General duties included review and approval of firm’s due diligence policies and procedures; on site inspection of broker facilities; training for firm staff in regulatory matters; correspondence and interaction with state and federal regulatory authorities. Specific assignments included licensing in securities (Series 7, 63 and 24 permitting sales and supervisory activities); development of efficient due diligence reviews and approval of securities offerings and blue-sky registration; interact with outside counsel to defend major due diligence case.
Supervised a staff of 18 attorneys, securities examiners, auditors, criminal investigators and other support staff. General duties included development and administration of division budget; staff performance evaluations; review and approval of litigation; development of legislation and lobbying; interaction with state and federal prosecutors to develop criminal prosecutions of securities fraud. Specific responsibilities included the creation and administration of the Utah Securities Fraud Task Force to combat the Utah reputation as the ‘stock fraud capitol of the world’ resulting in numerous changes to Utah law and enforcement as featured in BUSINESS WEEK magazine.
Partner in a three-person law firm specializing in criminal defense, business litigation and personal injury. Specific responsibility for firm billing, collection and administration in the absence of the senior partner while on medical leave.
Criminal prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors. Developed first child abuse prosecution team utilizing Battered Child Syndrome evidence. Developed warrant review program to reduce outstanding wants/warrants exposure and liability to Salt Lake County. Developed and implemented the Prosecutor Management and Information System (PROMIS).
Supervised a Congressional staff of 18 for
Rep. Wayne Owens (D-UT). Administered budget, managed staff assignments for a
Utah Congressman during House Judiciary Committee proceedings regarding the
impeachment of President Richard Nixon.