Dalva L. Moellenberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Santa Fe, NM

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.
1239 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 602-806-0004
Fax: 505-983-8160
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Environmental (50%), Energy & Natural Resources (20%), Administrative Law (10%), Government Contracts (10%), Government Relations (10%)
Attorney Profile

Dalva L. Moellenberg is shareholder with Gallagher & Kennedy and represents clients in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with legal issues related to energy and natural resources, environmental law, government affairs and administrative law. Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in environmental law and litigation, he was also named one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers in 2011 and for his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

At the University of Colorado Boulder, Mr. Moellenberg graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in 1982. He then attended Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985 with his Juris Doctor. During law school, he served as an editor on the Law Journal and was included in the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Moellenberg is admitted to practice in New Mexico and Arizona. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. A member of the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of California, he is chairman of the Environment Committee in the New Mexico Mining Association and a member of the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.

With over three decades of experience, Mr. Moellenberg is a reputable attorney with extensive knowledge in his practice areas. He has been asked to speak for organizations such as the National Business Institute, the Center for Environmental Studies at Arizona State University and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Environmental
  • 20%Energy & Natural Resources
  • 10%Administrative Law
  • 10%Government Contracts
  • 10%Government Relations


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

About Dalva L. Moellenberg

Admitted: 1985, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://gknet.com/attorneys/dalva-l-moellenberg/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Environmental Law Concerns for Developers, National Business Institute
  • Mineral Resource Management Issues, National Business Institute
  • Endangered Species and Wildlife Protection, National Business Institute
  • Preservation of Cultural Resources on Federal Public Lands in Arizona, National Business Institute
  • Arizona State University, Editor, Law Journal
  • Water Quality and Toxic Substances, Continuing Legal Education, Arizona State University, Center for Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Regulation of Mining, Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of New Mexico
  • WQARF Reform, Continuing Legal Education, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
  • WQARF Reform, Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Arizona
  • New Mexico Water Law Conference, CLE International (Multiple Topics)
  • Turning Gold into Solid Waste: RCRA Regulation of Industrial Processes, Arizona State Law Journal, 1991
  • RCRA Regulation of Mining and State and Federal Mined Land Reclamation Programs, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, 1990 and 1994


  • ALM Media Legal Leaders, Arizona’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2018
  • Chambers USA, 2004-2008, 2013-2020
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2011
  • Doc Weiler/Marvin Watts Award for Professionalism, New Mexico Mining Association, 2012
  • Arizona State University, Order of the Coif
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Environmental Law, 2007-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Santa Fe, Environmental Law, 2016, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental, 1999-2021; Natural Resources Law, 2016-2021
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law Section, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991
  • New Mexico Mining Association, Environment Committee, Chairman
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1985
  • New Mexico, 1993
  • Arizona, 1985

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A., 1982

Industry Groups

  • Agriculture
  • Chemicals
  • Communications
  • Electric Power Generation & Transmission
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
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Office Location for Dalva L. Moellenberg

1239 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: 602-806-0004

Fax: 505-983-8160

Last Updated: 7/5/2021

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