Joel M. Carson III, Partner

As a former partner of one of New Mexico’s most established energy law firms and General Counsel to one of New Mexico’s largest producers of oil and gas, Mr. Carson brings a broad perspective to the practice of law.  In those roles, he participated in projects or cases covering the spectrum of issues faced by the energy industry and experienced first-hand, the problems and issues faced daily by employers and employees.  Mr. Carson understands, from the client’s perspective, the need for solutions that are both timely and cost-effective.

Mr. Carson obtained his B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University.  He continued his education at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he earned the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Property Law and served as Administrative Editor of the Natural Resources Journal.  Following law school, Mr. Carson served for two years as law clerk to Judge Bobby R. Baldock of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.      

Mr. Carson serves on numerous industry committees, including the legal committees for both the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.  In addition to these committees, Mr. Carson is a member of the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and was selected by Governor Susana Martinez to serve on the energy and environment transition team following her election in November 2010.  Mr. Carson practices in the following areas: 

Commercial and Energy Litigation:  Mr. Carson represents clients before state and federal administrative tribunals, including the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division and the United States Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals.  He also represents clients statewide before New Mexico State and Federal Courts.

Mr. Carson appeared and participated in the following representative matters:

  • Lead counsel for large creditor with respect to businesses that failed during the 2008 financial downturn. 
  • Lead counsel and participating counsel in several disputes involving the payment of oil and gas proceeds and royalties. 
  • Primary briefing responsibility in matter where major oil company prevailed in a complex federal jurisdictional dispute, which ultimately resulted in dismissal of royalty owner class action.
  • Matter where Interior Board of Land Appeals determined Bureau of Land Management’s conditions of approval of Application for Permit to Drill were arbitrary and capricious.

Employment Litigation:  Mr. Carson represents clients before state and federal administrative tribunals, including the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and all New Mexico State and Federal Courts.

Mr. Carson has appeared on behalf of or assisted clients in the following types of matters:

  • Multiple appearances before the New Mexico Human Rights Division with respect to claims involving race, age and gender discrimination.
  • Multiple appearances before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with respect to claims involving allegations of race, age and disability discrimination.
  • Multiple investigations for clients where employees alleged various types of discrimination, retaliation or unethical conduct.
  • Lawsuits filed in state and federal court where employees have alleged violations of the ADA, Title VII and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. 

Appellate Representation:  As a former federal appellate law clerk, Mr. Carson provides comprehensive and effective state and federal appellate representation.  He has represented clients and had primary briefing responsibility in matters pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the New Mexico Supreme Court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Appeals – Eastland Division.  Mr. Carson is available to participate in appeals and to consult with trial counsel on pre-trial strategy to avoid errors or preserve the trial record for appeal.  



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