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Haltom Law Firm, LLC
570 Black Bear Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122
Bond Issuer Counsel
Areas of Practice
Oil and Gas
Bill Haltom is our President. He is an attorney licensed to practice in NM and has served as the General Counsel of several Indian Nations. Bill is a graduate of UNM and Texas Tech School of Law. He was a founder of the Nordhaus Haltom and Taylor Law Firm which was responsible for litigating major Indian law cases involving oil and gas accounting, NEPA compliance and taxatiion. The most important case was Merrion v. Jicarilla Apache Tribe where the US Supreme Court upheld the right of tribes to tax non-Indian producers. He has served as Issuer's Counsel on bonds and helped tribes develop casinos, hotels, gas stations and golf courses.
Information, News & Publications
While golf course development is a normal amenity to most resort developments, for Indian County it serves the dual purpose of putting tribal water rights to beneficial use. This is especially important for water rights that have not yet been adjudicated. Tribes should be keenly aware of situations where neighboring non-Indian communities have received well permits from the State Engineer and developed water systems. To keep thse wells from depleting the water resourses under Indian lands, offsets may be in order.
Contracts must be carefully written to protect tribes and native corporations. Judicial enforcement actions and court challenges to limited waivers of sovereign immunity contained in contracts are becoming more frequent. In situations where such waivers are appropriate, they need to be express in both the authorization and the contract with the specific limitations clearly expressed. Care must be taken when powers are delegated to officers and subordinate boards.