Nann M. Winter

Ms. Winter is a Certified Local Government Law Specialist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Representative clients include Raton Natural Gas, Angel Fire Public Improvement District, Dona Ana County, Los Alamos County, City of Santa Fe, City of Las Cruces, City of Las Vegas (Natural Gas), City of Trinidad, Colorado, City of Scottsdale, Arizona, and City of Sheridan, Wyoming.

She currently serves as general counsel to the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, the largest water and waste water utility in New Mexico.  She served as the Water Authority’s first executive director in 2003 before becoming its general counsel in 2004. She served as lead counsel in the Water Authority’s acquisition of a contiguous water and waste water system.

Ms. Winter also advises the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Angel Fire Public Improvement District and other local government on all matters utility related.

In July 2012, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez appointed Ms. Winter Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority immediately after that agency disclosed the posting of a fraudulent audit.  In March 2013, Moody’s’ reinstated the Authority’s high bond rating, citing strong governance and “positive organizational changes.”

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Since 1991, Ms. Winter has advised and represented local governments before Federal and State administrative agencies and courts and has entered her appearance in hundreds of regulatory proceedings and is credited with dozens of published appellate opinions.

Ms. Winter also lobbies on behalf of local government interests.  She has drafted numerous contracts and legislation and otherwise assisted in analyzing and negotiating franchise agreements, system procurements, and statutory and constitutional powers of local governments.  Ms. Winter’s work requires appearances before city councils in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, New Mexico State Courts, the New Mexico Supreme Court, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Courts.

Publications

  • MIS Report – Electric Industry Restructuring (June 1997)
  • Municipal Lawyer:  Tightening the Screws:  Identifying and Collecting Telecommunications Franchise Fees (May/June 1997)
  • Preparing for that Hostile Takeover, IMLA’s – International Municipal Lawyer’s Association, 61st Annual Conference (October 1996)
  • Municipal Lawyer:  Tales from the Dark Side:  Lessons Learned Negotiating for Fiber Optic Facilities (March/April 1996)
  • Additional presentations supplied on request.