Stephen D. Ingram

Top rated Energy & Natural Resources attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cavin & Ingram PA
Stephen D. Ingram
Cavin & Ingram PA

Practice Areas: Energy & Natural Resources, Real Estate

Licensed in New Mexico since: 1994

Education: Baylor Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014, 2020 - 2023

Cavin & Ingram PA

40 First Plaza Ctr NW
Suite 610
Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 505-243-5400 Email: Stephen D. Ingram Visit website


I have over 30 years' experience in oil and gas law, oil and gas litigation, contested mortgage foreclosure litigation, real estate matters and business litigation. I originally practiced in Houston, Texas before moving my practice to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I continue to be licensed to practice in Texas as well as New Mexico.  I have tried over 50 cases in Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico before juries, judges and arbitration tribunals.  I was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General by the State of New Mexico in complex oil and gas severance tax matters.  I hold an AV preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 

First Admitted: 1987, Texas

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Educational Background:
  • B.A., Southwestern University, 1983
  • King v. Estate of Gilbreath - suit to declare lease terminated and recover revenues - settled, 2016
  • Woody and Pipkin v. Sovereign and Dawson - defense of surface owner suit for alleged damages from geophysical survey - obtained jury verdict for defense, 2013
  • Phoenix Funding v. Hutchins - defense of collateral attack on foreclosure judgment involving lender standing and mortgage securitization issues - obtained summary judgment for client, affirmed on appeal, 2014
  • In re Young - defense of appeal from bankruptcy order lifting stay - stay order affirmed, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented lecture on laws concerning operator's access to surface for oil and gas operations and recoverable damages upon surface use, speaker, Surface Access, Surface Damages and the Surface Owners Protection Act, State Bar of New Mexico - Oil and Gas: From the Basics to In-Depth Topics, Oil And Gas Law, 2017
  • Presented paper on surface access for oil and gas operations at December 4, 2019 State Bar of New Mexico-sponsored seminar entitled Oil and Gas Law in New Mexico, Author, Speaker, Surface Access in New Mexico from Operators' and Landowners' Perspectives, State Bar of New Mexico, Oil And Gas, 2019
  • Presented paper entitled What Fiduciaries, Estate Planners and Other Advisors Should Know About Oil and Gas Interests, speaker, Annual Estate Planning Update, Wilcox & Myers, P.C., Estate Planning, Oil & Gas, 2019
  • Paper published in oil and gas law journal on relative rights and obligations of surface owners and oil and gas operators under the New Mexico surface use statute., Author, Complying With and Litigating Under the New Mexico Surface Owners Protection Act, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Journal, Oil And Gas, 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Natural Resources Law (Oil and Gas), 2019
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating, 2020
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of New Mexico, 2001
Representative Clients:
  • Fernandez Company, Ltd., Hometrust Mortgage Company, DJR Energy, LLC, Mewbourne Oil Company, Manzano Energy Partners, LLC, XTO Energy, Inc., 2020
  • $100 million sale of Lea County mineral and surface acreage, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, 2020
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2020

Office location for Stephen D. Ingram

40 First Plaza Ctr NW
Suite 610
Albuquerque, NM 87102


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014, 2020 - 2023

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