Richard Virtue
t: (505) 983-6101 x57 f: (505) 983-8304 email: rvirtue@vnlklaw.com
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Richard Virtue


Administrative and Regulatory, Energy and Environment, Public Finance, Public Utilities, State and Local Government

Mr. Virtue’s practice emphasizes public finance, environmental regulation and public utilities.  Mr. Virtue is a nationally recognized bond counsel and has been listed in the Bond Buyer’s Red Book for over 35 years.  He was the first New Mexico attorney to be nominated and admitted as a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, a national professional group that recognizes bond counsel who have made substantial contributions to the practice of municipal bond law.  His public finance practice includes acting as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with municipal bond financings throughout New Mexico.

He represents national, regional and local clients in connection with environmental permitting, rulemaking and compliance matters.  His environmental practice experience includes being lead counsel in connection with major rulemaking hearings, negotiated rule makings and public hearings related to the issuance of permits.

Mr. Virtue’s public utilities practice focuses on representation of public utilities in negotiation of participation agreements in generating facilities, power sales agreements, wholesale distribution agreements and related regulatory matters.

He also engages in a general administrative/regulatory practice before state and local government agencies.

Mr. Virtue has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for the last 15 years and has served on the Board of Directors of the Public Law Section and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar Association.  He is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

He has served on the Santa Fe Urban Policy Board, the Hyde Neighborhood Association Board and the Board of Directors of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity.

He and his wife, Belinda Jentzen, enjoy hiking, travel and country western dancing at venues throughout northern New Mexico.