​Derek is an experienced oil and gas attorney who has represented producers, royalty owners, and individuals in a broad range of commercial and transactional matters involving the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. 

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Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1997
  • Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Courts
    • New Mexico: District of New Mexico
    • Texas: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 10th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Airport Advisory Board, City of Albuquerque
  • Board of Directors, Cavalcade of Wings


  • Certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Oil and Gas Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Currents, International Trade Law Journal
    • Business Editor, 1992-1993

Education & Honors

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, B.B.A., Business, 1988


  • Mr. Larson has represented royalty owners and individuals in class action litigation, and has represented the States of New Mexico and Wyoming as special assistant attorney generals with regard to underpaid severance taxes and royalties due on oil and gas production. He also represents producers in oil and gas matters as well as other entities and individuals in a broad range of business matters.
  • Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Larson was an auditor in Arthur Andersen & Co.'s litigation support division. He is also a fixed- and rotor-wing pilot and experimental aircraft builder, breeds Doberman Pinschers, and served on the City of Albuquerque's Airport Advisory Board from 2006, and as its Chairman from 2009, through 2011. 
  • Representative Cases 
    • Edwin Smith, LLC v. Clark, 2011-NMCA-003, 149 N.M. 249, 247 P.3d 1134, cert. granted (Dec 20, 2010).
    • Ideal v. Burlington, 2010-NMSC-022, ¶ 19, 148 N.M. 228, 233 P.3d 362.
    • Davis v. Devon, Ideal v. BP Am. Prod. Co.; Smith Family, LLC v. ConocoPhillips., 2009-NMSC-048, 145 N.M. 157, 218 P.2d 75.
    • Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. State of New Mexico ex rel. Dept. of Taxation and Revenue, 2006 NMCA 50.
    • EOG Resources, Inc. v. The State of Wyoming, 2003 WY 34; 64 P.3d 757; 2003 Wyo. LEXIS 42.
    • Bank of Santa Fe v. Marcy Plaza Assocs., 131 N.M. 537, 2002 NMCA 14, 40 P.3d 442, (N.M. App. 2001).

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "2015 Survey on Oil & Gas," New Mexico; Texas A & M University Law Review, Vol. 2 Special.
  • Author, "2014 Survey on Oil & Gas," New Mexico; Texas A & M University Law Review, Vol. 1 Special.
  • Author, "2013 Survey on Oil & Gas," New Mexico; Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring 2013.
  • Author, "2012 Survey on Oil & Gas," New Mexico; Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 18, Spring 2012.
  • Speaker, "Evolution of the Marketable Condition Rule in New Mexico," Texas Wesleyan University Energy Law Symposium, Fort Worth, Texas, Spring 2012.
  • Author, "International Airliner Manufacturing, The Airbus Industry Subsidy Controversy," American Bar Association, Air and Space Lawyer, Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall 1993.
  • Business Editor, Currents International Trade Law Journal, 1992-1993.