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I represent oil and gas producers, mineral owners, landowners and mortgage lenders in oil and gas, real estate and probate matters, with an emphasis in litigation. I practiced law in Houston, Texas for eight years before relocating to New Mexico in 1994. I have tried more than 45 cases before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. I litigate in numerous aspects of oil and gas law, including multiple mineral development and priority, royalty accounting, pooling, lease forfeiture, joint operating agreements and surface owner disputes. 


Practice areas


  1. Oil & Gas: 75%
    26 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    29 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

40 First Plaza Ctr NW Ste 610
Albuquerque, NM, 87102-5801


NMAuthorized to practice law199406/14/2013
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer, Energy and Natural ResourcesSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Certified Specialist in Natural Resources Law (Oil and Gas)New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCavin & Ingram, P.A.2002 - Present
AssociateLaw Office of John H. Polk, P.C.1994 - 1994
AssociateStratton & Cavin, P.A.1994 - 2002
AssociateBro & Ploch1986 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law FoundationN/A2014 - Present
State Bar of New MexicoN/A1994 - Present
State Bar of TexasN/A1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Barton and Grant v. Oxy and BP AmericaSettlement
Woody and Pipkin v. Sovereign Eagle and Dawson Geophysical CompanyObtained jury verdict for defense
Life Care Centers of America v. KerrObtained judgment for plaintiff at trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation JournalComplying With and Litigating Under the New Mexico Surface Owners Protection Act2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Southwestern UniversityHistoryBachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Oil and GasNew Mexico Surface Owners Protection Act: An Overview2014