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Overview

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

Miguel’s experience has placed him at the nexus of business and energy, land-use, environmental 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 (PUCT), State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) and the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED). Miguel has led complicated regulatory filings from inception to completion, including retail electric provider licensing, ERCOT Market Participant registrations and compliance, 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 wind and solar, and backup generation projects.

Alongside his regulatory work, Miguel also assists with real estate transactions, often weighing in on environmental and regulatory issues involved in the sale of real property. He is particularly knowledgeable about water law, and he frequently assists clients in the acquisition of water rights alongside broader real estate transactions.

Parallel to his renewable energy, environmental and real estate practices, Miguel has worked with colleagues to develop a full Husch Blackwell cryptocurrency and blockchain practice group team to serve the various legal needs of blockchain clients. He 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, and he has assisted bitcoin operators in acquiring power, connecting to the ERCOT grid, and with various regulatory compliance issues. With a strong interest in bitcoin’s potential to make existing energy grids more efficient and resilient, Miguel has also done extensive writing on the intersection of bitcoin and energy regulatory law.

Miguel’s knowledge and experience have facilitated an active role with ERCOT’s Large Flexible Load Task Force (LFLTF), where he helps develop the recommendations that will formalize regulations applying primarily to the cryptocurrency miners who have large but flexible energy needs. Miguel is also a member of the bitcoin mining subcommittee of the Texas Blockchain Council.


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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, Mining Subcommittee Member

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent


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

Energy Regulatory

  • Managed filings with both Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
  • Represented Fortune 500 Corporation in PUCT hearing on merits after Winter Storm Uri.
  • Represented university through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proceedings.
  • Served as lead counsel to Entergy Texas before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

  • Successfully assisted major bitcoin miner in acquiring 250 MW of power and connecting to the ERCOT grid.
  • Successfully negotiated $1 million plus real estate transaction, with proceeds paid in cryptocurrency.
  • Serves as part of Large Flexible Load Task Force assembled by ERCOT.

Water Rights

  • Assisted real estate team in closing a $19 million water rights transaction.
  • Advised on water rights acquisitions throughout the country.

Outside General Counsel

  • 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 Texas and New Mexico.
Alerts | November 12, 2021
Stablecoin Market Could Gain from Self-Regulatory Efforts

With federal legislation unlikely, mainstream adoption of digital assets could depend on the industry's own standard-bearing.

Outside the Office

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

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