Jeffrey H. Albright

Jeffrey H. Albright

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505.764.5435 office
505.764.5462 fax
201 Third Street NW
Suite 1950
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Jeff Albright is a partner with the firm whose practice focuses on water rights, water law, water rights sales and transfers and both state and federal environmental compliance. It includes government and regulatory matters involving Land Use and Zoning, Telecommunications, and both Electric and Water Utility work before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and in District Court. Mr. Albright has been involved in more than 250 cases before the PRC, including rate allocation, line extensions, solar and thermal solar technology, renewable energy and electric utility and water utility rate cases, and transportation matters involving ambulance services. He has also assisted other attorneys appearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Jeff has represented all major national wireless telecommunications providers and regional wireless providers in both rulemaking and contested proceedings before the PRC and on behalf of CTIA, an international wireless telecommunications association. This includes appeals of PRC decisions to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2015 and 2016.  

He has been recognized as a "Best Lawyer in America" from 2008 through 2016 in the areas of environmental law and natural resources, and is the only New Mexico attorney recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of telecommunications. Jeff has been listed as a Southwest Super Lawyer every year since 2012. He was selected as Best Lawyer in four areas and as the environmental lawyer of the year in the Albuquerque Metropolitan area. He was awarded the New Mexico State Bar Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Jeff also practices in the area of Intellectual Property. He has trademark litigation experience in both state and federal court and before the Trademark Trials and Appeal Board. He has done IP licensing agreements and agreements for trademark royalties, work for hire, copyrights, trade secrets and right-of-publicity issues. He was the initial chair of the IP Section of the New Mexico State Bar and is the Chair for 2016. 

Water Law and Water Rights. Jeff's water law practice includes research of pre- and post-1907 water rights, hearings, transfers, buying and selling water rights, well-share agreements, water leases, and water rights adjudications before the Office of the State Engineer and in state and federal District Court. He has prepared water conservation plans and has assisted with the development of 40 year water plans for Bernalillo County and several state subdivisions. He has represented water utilities in rate proceedings before the PRC and in condemnation proceedings in State District Court.

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Water utility work has included work for privately held companies, water and sanitation districts, acequias, water cooperatives, water user associations, and government entities. Presently Jeff is involved in several proceedings before the Office of the State Engineer, including representation of Bernalillo County before the OSE and State District Court involving water supplies in the East Mountain area of Albuquerque. He is also counsel for several small water utilities supplying water throughout the region, and is intimately familiar with the water bank and other aspects of water delivery issues of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, although he does not represent the MRGCD. Jeff hosted the first MCLE symposium in New Mexico on ground water infiltration and injection, attended by more than 100 people. He is a regular presenter at the New Mexico Rural Water Users Association annual conferences. Jeff presented a lecture on legislative initiatives involving water law and water rights in April 2015. He has also testified as a water law expert on behalf of another law firm in several New Mexico State District Court cases. Jeff has also been involved in electric utility work. Most recently, he jointly represented Bernalillo County, the City of Santa Fe and the County of Santa Fe in PNM’s closure of the San Juan Generating Station (13-00390-UT) which included Common Interest and Joint Defense Agreements, and he currently represents Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque in PNM’s 2015 Rate Case, PRC Case NO. 15-00261-UT.  During the San Juan plant case, he analyzed the air quality bureau new source review permit issued by NMED for compliance, and he is familiar with utility plant and nuclear power plant decommissioning requirements.  He has also assisted small mutual domestic and water and sanitation districts in ground water quality reporting and compliance to the ground water Bureau of NMED. He also represents Emera in its acquisition of New Mexico Gas Company, which was approved unanimously by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on June 22, 2016.

Jeff is a board member of UNM's School of Law Utton Foundation for water resources. He has experience with the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau under (NM OSHA) including site inspections with OHSB and experience in air and ground water quality matters with NMED. He represents Kirtland Federal Credit Union concerning potential groundwater contamination due to the fuel plume from KAFB underground leakage and has met with state and federal environmental department representatives involved in the site clean-up.

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  • Speaker, "Water Rights Sales and Transfer in New Mexico," State Bar of New Mexico, March 2013; LORMAN March 2014; March 2016
  • Speaker, "Water Rights Sales and Transfer in New Mexico," State Bar of New Mexico, March 2013
  • Speaker, "Legislative Update and Water Law," New Mexico Rural Water Association 34th Annual Conference/Membership Meeting, April 2012
  • Speaker, " Water Rights Sales and Transfer," State Bar of New Mexico, May 2011, April 2015, and will be presenting a national teleconference on water rights sale and transfers in New Mexico in February 2016
  • Speaker, "Legislative Update," New Mexico Rural Water Association 33rd Annual Conference/Membership Meeting, April 2011
  • Speaker, " Water Rights Sales and Transfer," State Bar of New Mexico, May 2011 



  • Author, "List of Water Rights, Terms and Definitions with Associated Case Law," 2006, 2009 -2012

Media Coverage

  • Mentioned, "APPLAUSE," Albuquerque Journal, November 2015



  • University of New Mexico School of Law - Natural Resources Certification
  • The Best Lawyers in America - 2015 Administrative/Regulatory "Lawyer of the Year" for Albuquerque - Administrative/Regulatory, Environmental, Litigation-Environmental, and Communications Law, 2008-2017
  • State Bar of New Mexico - New Mexico Young Lawyer of the Year Award, 1999
  • Southwest Super Lawyers - Environmental Law, 2012-2016
  • State Bar of New Mexico - Distinguished Service Award, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating - Administrative Law and Utility Law, 2016-2017
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service
  • 2014 IP Handbook - Managing Intellectual Property - IP Star, 2014

Military Experience

Jeff received his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Naval Academy. He retired after 20 years of naval service and was the Commanding Officer of the destroyer U.S.S. Arthur W. Radford (DD-968).


J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law, 1997
M.A., Naval War College, 1991
M.A., Salve Regina, 1987
M.S.E.E., Naval Postgraduate School, 1979
B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1971

Bar Admissions

New Mexico, 1997

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, New Mexico, 1999

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Member
  • Intellectual Property Section of the New Mexico State Bar, Board Member, 2012
  • American Bar Association, Current Member
  • Fellows of American Bar Foundation, 2016
  • IP Section of New Mexico State Bar, Chair, 2016
  • Energy Bar Association, Board Member, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2016