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"I have had notable successes."


In the Words of Lindsay A. Lovejoy, Jr. -

"I bring to each case the commitment to understand the underlying problem, which may be highly technical or call for in-depth investigation of the history of a law or regulation. The purpose is always to develop a solid, understandable statement of the client’s position, one that can be argued with confidence and vigor.

I have had some notable successes:

Years ago, I wrote a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court that was granted and, based on my briefing, led to a decision supporting federal court certification of state-law legal issues to state courts.

Later, I came to New Mexico and had a significant role in a major antitrust case, United Nuclear Corp. v. General Atomic Company, which successfully resulted in serious sanctions for refusal to make disclosure.

I had a large part in another antitrust case, Texas Utilities Co. v. Santa Fe Industries, Inc., which was settled advantageously.

As an Assistant Attorney General under Tom Udall, I led the lawsuit to prevent the opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 1991-92, successfully obtaining an injunction in federal district court and upholding it on appeal.

Thereafter, I lobbied for effective protections in congressional legislation concerning WIPP and successfully pressed the U.S. Department of Energy to abandon its plans to bring radioactive waste to WIPP for a supposed “test phase.”

I conducted further litigation under the Hazardous Waste Act seeking to ban the introduction of radioactive waste, which was ultimately allowed.

Also as an Assistant Attorney General, I researched the DOE’s responsibility to clean up and close the major waste disposal sites at Los Alamos National Laboratory, an obligation that the state Environment Department has enforced based largely on my investigations.

I became an independent lawyer in 2004 and represented Nuclear Information and Resource Service and Public Citizen in their opposition to the licensing of the National Enrichment Facility in Hobbs. Although we showed that the waste from that plant could not be disposed of as the applicant planned, the federal appeals court chose to allow the license to be issued.

Currently I am working on WIPP and Los Alamos permitting matters for the state Environment Department and on matters involving individual electromagnetic sensitivity.

I hope to assist individuals or citizen groups in contesting action by federal, state, or local authorities or private companies that threaten to harm individuals, groups or environmental values. I have also assisted committed government agencies in enforcing environmental laws against such threats."