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Overview

Miguel integrates energy law, public policy, and regulatory compliance to solve complex legal and business challenges for sophisticated energy and natural resources clients.

Miguel’s experience has placed him at the nexus of business and energy, land-use, and natural resources law. He represents a variety of clients involved in the development of renewable energy projects, providing regulatory counsel, and big picture thinking that helps get projects across the finish line.

Drawing from a dual background in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 300 energy company, Miguel is deeply conversant with industry trends and approaches each project with fresh eyes and an appetite for innovation. He has routinely served as lead counsel before various administrative bodies in Texas and New Mexico, including the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Miguel has led complicated regulatory filings from inception to completion, including fixed fuel factors, fuel reconciliations and refunds, distribution cost recovery factors, transmission cost recovery factors, generation cost recovery factors, smart meter deployment, and certificates of convenience and necessity for transmission projects, distribution projects, utility-scale solar projects, and backup generation projects.

Miguel is also capable of collaborating closely with business-unit teams that require lawyers who can apply cutting-edge legal counsel to highly technical subject matter. Additionally, he is a trusted adviser who can evaluate strategic planning initiatives from corporate executives and provide legal guidance and strategy to accomplish business objectives.

Parallel to his renewable energy practice, Miguel has counseled public officials and private companies in connection with cryptocurrency and energy use, including how mining operations can utilize flared natural gas produced by shale fracking to power bitcoin mining facilities.


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Education

  • J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law
    • Clinical Law Program
    • Business Law Society
    • Mexican American Law Student Association
    • Chair of UNM Constitution and Elections Committee
    • Internship, New Mexico Supreme Court, Chambers of Chief Justice Edward L. Chávez
  • B.A., Georgetown University
    • Government and History, minor in Spanish
    • Studied abroad at La Universidad de Las Americas, Quito, Ecuador
  • A.A., New Mexico Military Institute
    • Cadet Captain and Troop Commander

Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas, Public Utility Law Section, Council Member
  • Texas Blockchain Council, Member

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent


*Contact Miguel to set up an in-person consultation by appointment in the Austin office.
Experience

As In-House Counsel:

  • Served as lead counsel to Entergy Texas before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Developed and led complicated regulatory filings from inception to completion, including fixed fuel factors, fuel reconciliations and refunds, distribution cost recovery factors, transmission cost recovery factors, generation cost recovery factors, smart meter deployment, and certificates of convenience and necessity for transmission projects, distribution projects, utility-scale solar projects, and backup generation projects.
  • Led and collaborated with diverse teams of subject-matter experts such as regulatory accountants and engineers to achieve company objectives.
  • Evaluated strategic planning initiatives from corporate executives and provide legal guidance and strategy to accomplish those initiatives.
  • Efficiently managed and directed outside legal counsel to ensure budgetary objectives are achieved.

In Private Practice:

  • Served as managing attorney of a five-person energy and natural resources boutique law firm.
  • Advised clients on due diligence, state and federal regulations, water law, oil and gas law, renewable energy, land use, and myriad business transactions, commercial real estate contracts and transactions, outside general counsel services, employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements.
  • Served as outside counsel to several nonprofits and for-profit corporations in TX and NM.
  • Client work demanded extensive experience in energy project finance, due diligence of tangible and intangible assets, insurance law, mineral ownership issues, administrative law, employment law, water rights and usage, business purchases, strategic planning and communications, nonprofit formation and compliance, business mergers and acquisitions.
  • Practiced in oil and gas title examination, regulatory compliance, operations on state and federal lands, oil and gas leases and acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Provided clients legal advice on complying with regulatory agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, New Mexico State Land Office, Texas General Land office, & Texas Railroad Commission.
Outside the Office

Miguel is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys spending time with his family.

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