Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P.

Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P.

For over sixty years, the Santa Fe law firm of Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P. has been representing individual, commercial, and corporate clients throughout the state of New Mexico and beyond.

Firm Overview

In order to meet the diverse needs of our clients, we provide a general legal practice covering a broad range of areas. Our experienced transactional attorneys and litigators have appeared in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the state and throughout the nation. We have helped small and large companies alike with virtually all of their legal needs, including commercial law and litigation, employment law, environmental and natural resources law, utility and telecommunications law, legislative matters, and all facets of real estate transactions and litigation. Our attorneys also represent individual clients in probate proceedings, real property disputes and transactions, and in personal injury actions.

Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P. maintains long-standing relationships with numerous clients in the energy, mining, telecommunications, transportation, financial, and insurance industries. We are a member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, an invitation-only worldwide alliance of law firms performing under a comprehensive Quality Assurance Program to ensure that clients receive high-quality legal service. Our Meritas membership gives our clients access to critical legal specialities in all 50 states and most foreign countries. As testament to our standing in the legal community, the firm has received Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV-Preeminent rating, indicating that our peers rank us at the highest level of professional excellence.

Whether you are a local business or a multi-national corporation needing legal representation in New Mexico, we have the skills and expertise to help you achieve your goals. To speak with a member of our legal team, contact Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P. today.
Main Office
Main Office
141 East Palace Ave., Ste. 200
P. O. Box 669
Santa Fe  NM  87504-0669
Phone
  • 505-982-4611
Fax
  • 505-988-2987
Websites
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Personal Injury

Michael R. Comeau

A partner in the firm since 1978, Michael R. Comeau practices in the areas of commercial litigation, business transactions, banking and finance law, real estate, natural resources, environmental law, and appellate law throughout New Mexico and nationwide.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Comeau served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Donnan Stephenson of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1973-74. He then became General Counsel to the New Mexico Public Service Commission, serving the state from 1974-75. Mr. Comeau joined the firm in 1975 and became a partner in 1978.

He has extensive experience representing banks and other lenders in financing transactions, and he routinely advises corporations, other business entities, and individuals in the acquisition and sale of both businesses and real estate. Mr. Comeau also advises corporate boards, LLCs, and partnerships on governance and regulatory matters. He has been retained by the Governor of New Mexico and the U.S. Government on investigative and litigation matters.

Mr. Comeau has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 1991, reflective of the highest degree of legal ability, ethics, and professionalism. He has served on the State Bar's Judicial Selection Committee and is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation, a distinction reserved for one-third of one percent of lawyers who have demonstrated outstanding dedication in their public and private careers to the welfare of their communities.

Education:
J.D., University of Kansas (1973)
B.S. University of Kansas (1971)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Claims Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Education
  • University of Kansas
    Juris Doctorate , 1973

Larry D. Maldegen

Attorney Larry D. Maldegen has practiced with the firm since 1975, focusing primarily on the areas of commercial law and litigation, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, and real estate.

Mr. Maldegen began his commercial litigation experience by participating in the Firm's representation of the plaintiff in the seminal New Mexico case of United Nuclear v. General Atomic. Since then he has represented individual and corporate clients in litigation involving contracts, employment, real estate, antitrust, will contracts, unfair practices, fraud, construction, and franchise termination. He is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Commercial Litigation.

For more than fifteen years, Mr. Maldegen has been extensively involved with alternative dispute resolution as the party or court-appointed arbitrator or mediator. He has mediated scores of cases involving contract, construction, employment, estate, fraud, unfair practice, and real estate development. He has also been appointed by courts and parties as an arbitrator in numerous similar cases.

For many years, Mr. Maldegen has devoted a significant portion of his practice to healthcare law. His representation of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and one of its members, SVH SupportCo, has involved a number of matters including regulatory compliance, governance, employment, contracting, and environmental issues.

Education:
J.D., with honors, George Washington University (1975)
B.S., University of Kansas (1972)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Education
  • George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1975

William P. Templeman

William P. Templeman practices in the firm's core areas of commercial law and litigation, employment law, and administrative law. Mr. Templeman is especially proficient in the areas of utilities and telecommunications law.

Mr. Templeman has represented telecommunications and electric utilities before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in a variety of complex matters, including certification, ratemaking, rulemaking, complaints, and financing. He currently represents the New Mexico Exchange Carrier Group, an association of rural telecommunications companies, before the Public Regulation Commission and the New Mexico Legislature. He handles the regulatory, litigation, and general corporate legal work for many of the association's member companies. He also represents clients before other state agencies in various administrative matters.

In the employment area, Mr. Templeman has extensive experience advising both employers and employees in connection with matters involving personnel policies, investigations, separation agreements, and confidentiality and non-compete agreements. He also has represented clients in employment and civil rights litigation, including cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, ADA compliance, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Over his career, Mr. Templeman has participated extensively in the alternative dispute resolution process, serving as an arbitrator, mediator, and litigator in a wide variety of disputes. He is listed in the 2009-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Administrative/Regulatory Law. He was also named by Best Lawyers as the 2013 "Best Lawyer" in Santa Fe in the Administrative/Regulatory Law category. He has been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, for more than 10 years.

Education:
J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California (1976)
A.B., Stanford University (1973)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:
State Bar of New Mexico
Arizona-New Mexico Telephone Association
Education
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Jon J. Indall

Jon J. Indall concentrates his practice with the firm in the areas of natural resources, environmental law, and administrative law. With over 30 years experience in these areas, Mr. Indall's practice includes transactions, title work permitting, and mining property acquisitions. He has also represented numerous clients in site remediation activities, including superfund sites.

Mr. Indall has represented mining companies before various governing boards and regulatory agencies, including the New Mexico Environment Department, Water Quality Control Commission, and the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Department. He has been involved in a wide variety of trials and appellate actions including condemnations, takings, toxic tort defense, water rights, environmental claims, commercial disputes, and tribal sovereignty issues.

Mr. Indall has been active in representing the uranium mining industry for several decades and has utilized his expertise in both representation and lobbying activities. He has represented the Uranium Producers of America since the organization's inception in 1985, and has been instrumental in the passage of various energy laws and policies at the federal level. In addition to the uranium industry, Mr. Indall also represents a broad range of natural resource clients including hardrock mining companies, natural gas pipeline companies, and oil and gas supply and water disposal companies.

Mr. Indall is a frequent speaker to statewide, regional, and national industry associations on mining issues, and has authored and presented a paper to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. In 2011, Mr. Indall spoke on regulatory issues at the Hobbs, New Mexico Uranium Fuel Cycle Conference and participated in the Nuclear Infrastructure Summit sponsored by the Nuclear Infrastructure Council.

Mr. Indall has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Mining Law and Energy Law. Selection to the Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey by the top attorneys in the country. He was also named the best mining lawyer in Santa Fe for 2012. He has been AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 10 years and is ranked in Chambers USA 2014.

Education:
J.D., University of Kansas (1974)
B.A., University of Kansas (1971)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Claims Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
First Judicial District Bar Association
Oliver Seth American Inn of Court
New Mexico Mining Association
Northwest Mining Association
Education
  • University of Kansas
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

Stephen J. Lauer

Stephen J. Lauer practices with Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P. in the areas of insurance, natural resources, environmental law, and litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lauer worked as a Law Clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and as a Staff Attorney for Legislative Council Service, the drafting, legal, and research agency of the New Mexico Legislature.

Mr. Lauer currently devotes his primary attention to all aspects of insurance coverage, handling litigation and claims assistance in building and construction, fire loss, bank liability, and other areas. A former licensed title insurance agent in Colorado, Mr. Lauer has represented numerous S&P 500 companies on insurance/related issues and has lectured on the duty to defend under liability policies.

Mr. Lauer has also served on the Board of Directors and as Chairperson of the Commercial Litigation Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. In addition to his insurance law practice, Mr. Lauer maintains a commercial litigation practice including cases involving fiduciary duty, corporate governance, franchise litigation, anti-trust and trade regulation, lender liability, partnership dissolution, and building and construction contract suits.

Mr. Lauer also has been active in the firm's environmental and administrative law practice on behalf of the mining industry, performing services in permitting, licensing, planning and zoning litigation, taxation, and natural resources damage claims. He is listed in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Mining Law.

Education:
J.D., University of Minnesota (1972)
B.A., Macalester College (1969)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Education
  • University of Minnesota
    Juris Doctorate , 1972

Paula A. Cook

Attorney and partner Paula A. Cook has been with Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P. since she began practicing law in 1984. Ms. Cook practices in the areas of real property and real estate, commercial law, wills, trusts, and probate, with an emphasis on real property law.

Ms. Cook came to the firm with eight years of experience in commercial property management including nursing homes, apartment complexes, retail strip malls, and shopping centers. She practices primarily in the areas of real property law and real estate transactions spanning purchases, sales and leases of both residential and commercial properties, financing for those transactions, subdivision, zoning and other land use matters, and water rights. Ms. Cook handles complex covenant, easement, and encroachment enforcement issues and disputes and regularly represents homeowners and condominium associations with administrative issues and disputes. She also represents individuals in disputes with those associations.

Ms. Cook's commercial practice includes loan documentation for financial institutions including perfection of liens on water rights and acting as borrower's counsel in transactions secured by real property. She has also been appointed to serve as receiver for nursing homes in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Ms. Cook represents clients in a broad range of business disputes including real property litigation, breach of contract, construction issues, and foreclosures. She also focuses on wills and trusts; probate, intestate succession, and trust administration; and guardianships and conservatorships, regularly handling contested matters in each of those areas.

Education:
J.D., University of New Mexico (1984)
B.A., cum laude, University of New Mexico (1975)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Education
  • University of New Mexico
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

Joseph E. Manges

Attorney and partner Joseph E. Manges has been practicing law with Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, LLP since 1983. Mr. Manges concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, natural resources, water rights, real property, corporate law and financial institutions.

Mr. Manges has over 30 years' experience as lead counsel in numerous simple and complex commercial cases, including disputes involving commercial contracts, environmental pollution, accidents involving personal injury and torts, insurance claims, probate, wills and trusts, employment and civil rights matters and intellectual property. He has handled hundreds of bench, jury, and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Manges has deep experience in the natural resource, environmental and water rights fields, including handling federal and state permit proceedings before federal, state and local agencies, including the BLM, Forest Service and the NM State Engineer, NM Environment Department and NM OCC. His clients include mining companies, utilities, telecommunication companies, banks, credit unions, farmers, ranchers, developers, neighborhood associations and groups and many small businesses, families and individuals.

Mr. Manges' real property practice includes representation in residential and commercial transactions and development, water rights, land use planning, subdivisions, condominiums, zoning boards, and related appeals and litigation, including disputes involving real estate agreements, restrictive covenants, construction contracts and foreclosures. He also lectures in those areas.

Mr. Manges has substantial corporate experience, including representation of banks, credit unions and non-profit organizations including schools and arts organizations. He presently serves as General Counsel for Del Norte Credit Union. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Santa Fe Federal Employees Federal Credit Union. His representation includes general corporate legal work, contracts, employment, governance, ethics, audit and assuring regulatory compliance with federal and state regulations and orders.

Mr. Manges has an active state and federal appellate practice, having over 40 reported published opinions in state and federal appellate courts. In 2007, the Supreme Court of New Mexico appointed Mr. Manges to its Appellate Rules Committee, and he is presently serving his second term on that Committee. He also served on the Supreme Court's Joint Rules Committee from 2008 to 2012.

Education:
J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder (1983)
B.A., magna cum laude, Amherst College (1980)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
Colorado State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Appellate Rules Committee of the New Mexico Supreme Court
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association
Education
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Juris Doctorate , 1983

Michael J. Moffett

As a partner with Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman & Indall, L.L.P., Michael J. Moffett practices primarily in the areas of commercial law and litigation, corporate and business law, environmental and natural resources law, insurance law, employment law, and real estate law. Mr. Moffett's commercial law practice focuses on the areas of contracts, business torts, partnership and shareholder disputes, class actions, and construction disputes.

Mr. Moffett attended law school at Pepperdine University, where he was awarded the Barristers Advocacy Award (1994) and was the winner of both the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Award (1994) and the New York National Moot Court Regional Tournament (1993). He also placed third in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (1993) and second in the Negotiation & Settlement Tournament (1994).

Education:
J.D., Pepperdine University (1994)
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Georgia (1990)

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts
Georgia State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Associations/Memberships:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Oliver Seth American Inn of Court
Education
  • Pepperdine University
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Adela M. Duran

Santa Fe native Adela M. Duran handles the majority of the firm's government relations work. Ms. Duran has been lobbying in New Mexico for over 18 years, and her efforts are currently focused on the uranium mining industry. She has also lobbied in the past on behalf of alcohol, tobacco, health, racing, funeral, and telecommunications industries, as well as Native American and non-profit entities. In addition to lobbying, Ms. Duran has practiced in the areas of mining, personal injury, estate planning, and divorce law. She has also represented clients in landlord/tenant and immigration issues.

While in law school, Ms. Duran interned in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office. She participated in the UNM School of Law NAFTA exchange program in Guanajuato, Mexico and was a member of the Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA). Ms. Duran received a Dean's Award and Clinical Honors.

Education:
J.D., University of New Mexico
B.A., with honors, College of Santa Fe

Admissions:
New Mexico State Courts

Professional Associations/Memberships:
State Bar of New Mexico
New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Chamber of the Americas (Board Member)
Education
  • University of New Mexico
    Juris Doctorate
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