Sharon T. Shaheen

Sharon T. Shaheen


Santa Fe, NM



Ms. Shaheen focuses her work primarily in the areas of water, oil and gas, environment, property, and complex litigation, including class actions.  In these practice areas, Ms. Shaheen has experience in matters such as water rights permits and transactions, water rights disputes, contracts and contract disputes, royalty payments, environmental regulation and contamination, land use regulation, and water and wastewater utilities.  She represents clients before state agencies, at the district court level, and in the appellate courts.  Ms. Shaheen assists clients in growing and protecting their business interests, by providing support for transactions and development and by providing vigorous advocacy in litigation and resolution of disputes.


University of New Mexico School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2005

University of North Texas
Bachelor of Music, 1979

Natural Resources Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law, citations & processing co-editor

Additional Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable Celia Foy Castillo, New Mexico Court of Appeals


Representative Cases / Transactions

Chavez v. N.M. Public Education Department, 621 F.3d 1275 (10th Cir. 2010) (on briefs) (obtained reversal of district court’s ruling that agency had violated the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act)

City of Rio Rancho v. AMREP Southwest, Inc., 2011-NMSC-037, 150 N.M. 428, 60 P.3d 414 (represented municipality in obtaining reversal of district court’s summary judgment)

Gomez v. Chavarria, 2009-NMCA-035, 146 N.M. 46, 206 P.3d 157 (on briefs) (successfully represented insurance company in appeal of district court’s determination that the statute of limitations had run)

Representative Clients

Chevron Mining, Inc.
City of Rio Rancho
Devon Energy Corp.
Energen Resources Corporation
Highland Meadows Estates Mutual Domestic Water Consumers & Sewage Works Association
Intel Corporation
Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Inc.
Marathon Oil
State of New Mexico

Professional Memberships and Activities

American Bar Association, Environment, Energy, and Resources Section
State Bar of New Mexico, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section
New Mexico Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee
First Judicial District Bar Association, outgoing President
First Judicial District Access to Justice Committee
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Oliver Seth American Inn of Court, Barrister
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions

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


Co-author, with Gary Kilpatric, of  A New Day in New Mexico for Third Party Bad Faith Claims, FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law Regulation, Vol. XV, ed. VII, (Sept. 1, 2004)


Understanding Mineral Rights and Surface Issues, CLE/CE/PDH, Santa Fe, New Mexico (June 18, 2009)


Thesis Honors, University of New Mexico School of Law, Weighing and Balancing Social and Economic Considerations of Siting Landfills to Address Environmental Justice Concerns