Modrall Sperling Announces New Slate of Officers

Modrall Sperling is pleased to announce the firm’s recently elected officers.

Tim Fields has been elected President. A member of the firm since 1986, he most recently served as Vice President. He has also headed the firm’s Litigation Department, where his focus is on complex civil litigation. He has been retained to represent a variety of businesses and individuals, health care providers, and insurance carriers in significant lawsuits and litigation-related matters. Super Lawyers® has recognized him since 2013, three times as a Top 25 Super Lawyer in New Mexico. Best Lawyers® has named him Albuquerque Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law three times in the past eight years. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering, with honors, from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Stuart Butzier, who joined the firm in 1989, has been elected Vice President. A past member of Modrall Sperling’s Executive Committee, Stuart is the Managing Director of the firm’s Santa Fe office, Head of its Natural Resources Department, and Chair of its Mining Practice Group. He has served as a Trustee and Secretary of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Rated Band 1 by Chambers USA, Stuart has been named Lawyer of the Year seven times in four practice areas by Best Lawyers®. On two occasions, Super Lawyers® named him one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers in New Mexico. Stuart received his B.A. in English Literature from Grinnell College and his J.D. from University of New Mexico School of Law.

Earl DeBrine continues to serve as Modrall Sperling’s Secretary-Treasurer, a position he has held since 2016. He joined the firm in 1987, and is a former Head of the firm’s Natural Resources Department and the current Chair of its Oil and Gas Practice Group. Best Lawyers® selected him Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year in Albuquerque in 2016 and 2018. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law. He received his B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from University of New Mexico, where he graduated with distinction. Earl received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude.