Chris Muirhead concentrates his practice in the areas of public finance and tribal lending. For more than fifteen years, numerous New Mexico municipalities and counties have relied on Chris for advice on their public financing matters such as general obligation bonds, gross receipts tax revenue bonds, utility system revenue bonds and special district financings. He serves as general counsel and issuer’s counsel for the New Mexico Hospital Equipment Loan Council, a state-wide issuer of conduit debt for New Mexico healthcare facilities. In addition, Chris has experience representing lenders in a variety of tribal transactions for economic development projects on tribal lands.
Best Lawyers in America® named Chris 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Albuquerque in two areas of practice: Municipal Law and Public Finance Law. Chambers USA has recognized Chris in the area of Corporate/Commercial, and reported in 2017, he is a trusted and respected figure among clients, who note “he really immerses himself in our business, understanding what we do and why and contextualizing the excellent work that he does. This speaks volumes.” Additionally, Chris has achieved the AV® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as a law clerk to The Honorable James A. Parker, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico. Chris is a Modrall Sperling shareholder, current Chair of the Public Finance Group, and has served as Head of the firm’s Transactions Department.
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude
University of New Mexico, B.A., 1988, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Chris’ experience includes service as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on numerous transactions for municipalities, counties, and school districts throughout New Mexico, including:
- Disclosure counsel for the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
- Bond counsel for the following New Mexico counties: Sandoval, McKinley, Taos, Dona Ana, San Miguel, Guadalupe, Grant and Socorro
- Bond counsel for the following municipalities: Silver City, Gallup, Socorro, Tucumcari, Ruidoso, Lordsburg, Hatch and Clayton
- Traditional public financings including general obligation bonds, gross receipts tax revenue bonds, utility system revenue bonds and special district financings
- General counsel and issuer’s counsel for the New Mexico Hospital Equipment Loan Council, a state-wide issuer of conduit debt for New Mexico healthcare facilities. In this capacity he has worked on financings for Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Rehoboth Hospital and San Juan Medical Center
- Represented Guadalupe County in relation to a new hospital facility in Santa Rosa, New Mexico
- Assisted University of New Mexico in financing for construction of a children’s wing
- Represented lenders in tribal transactions in New Mexico. These include traditional public finance matters related to governmental purposes as well as economic development projects in tribal areas. In addition, he served as underwriter’s counsel on multiple New Mexico public finance projects.
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of New Mexico
- Law Clerk, The Honorable James A. Parker, U. S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico
- Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Municipal Law-Albuquerque
- Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Public Finance Law-Albuquerque
- Best Lawyers 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in Municipal Law-Albuquerque
- Best Lawyers in America® in Municipal Law and Public Finance Law, 2009-present
- Chambers USA Directories of America’s Leading Lawyers in Business in Corporate/Commercial, 2009-present
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated