Stuart R. Butzier

Stuart Butzier has assisted mining, energy and ranching clients throughout his twenty-plus year legal career with Modrall Sperling.  His advice and counsel has included helping clients strategically navigate the maze of environmental and mining regulatory and permitting regimes, the morass of litigation, and the unique challenges of complex deals and real property transactions. 

Stuart is considered a "tenacious litigator who gains excellent results," recently reported Chambers USA, where he has been recognized in Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries.  Stuart was named Lawyer of the Year in Mining Law-Albuquerque in 2012 and Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law-Albuquerque in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America® where he has been consistently listed in Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental, Mining Law and Natural Resources Law.  He has achieved the AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected among those included inSouthwest Super Lawyers®.  In addition, the New Mexico Business Weekly chose Stuart as Best of the Bar in Natural Resources in 2011.  He is also listed in the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, 2003 to present. 

As the current chair of the firm's Natural Resources Department and recent four-year member of the firm's Executive Committee, Stuart has devoted himself to ensuring that the firm's attorneys and staff are primed to provide excellent, cost-effective service to clients.  He is a team player who is adept at helping clients and colleagues pursue their business and professional goals.  He also helped to recruit many of the firm's bright young attorneys. 

Stuart is actively involved in community and professional non-profit organizations.  As a long-time Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and past member and Chair of the Section of Natural Resources of the State Bar of New Mexico, he has contributed countless hours as program chair, author and speaker in connection with legal education programs in New Mexico and throughout the West.   He is past President of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association.  His professional practice and interests extend beyond New Mexico to other parts of the West and, to a limited extent so far, other countries. 

Stuart enjoys playing guitar and bass in bands and supporting the music scene in New Mexico.  His other interests include basketball (as player and coach), natural landscaping, amateur photography and art.  One of three sons, he now has three sons with his wife, Robin, a teacher in the Albuquerque Public Schools.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1989, member, New Mexico Law Review; Frederick M. Hart Prize for Excellence in Commercial Law
  • Grinnell College, B.A. in English Literature, 1981, basketball team captain

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Practice Areas

Contact Stuart R. Butzier

Modrall Sperling
500 Fourth Street NW
Suite 1000
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87102
Phone: 505.848.1832
Fax: 505.848.9710


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • New Mexico

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