H. John Underwood Law Firm

About Us

H. John Underwood, Ltd. is a small, full service law firm in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small resort and recreational community located in the beautiful Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico. We practice law here because we love the beauty that surrounds us, enjoy the close personal ties that a small community offers and are able to provide a quality law practice in an area that attracts people from all over the United States.

We are proud of being able to help individuals and businesses in our community and are known not only for our integrity but also for our legal and regulatory experience. We are familiar with the personnel and processes of local municipal and county government as well as the New Mexico executive and legislative branches of government.

Because we are located in a relatively small community with a statewide presence, our lawyers enjoy a general practice with an emphasis in municipal law, governmental relations, business transactions and real estate law, including real estate development, zoning and land use, subdivision development and the acquisition and processing of water rights.

We have extensive government relations experience representing clients on matters involving local governments, the executive and legislative branches of state government as well as regulatory matters before such state agencies as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (insurance, water utilities, transportation), the State Engineer, the Department of the Environment and the Alcohol and Gaming Division, the Financial Institutions Division and the Construction Industries Division of the Regulation and Licensing Department.

We have been always been politically active in the state. H. John Underwood was elected to the Ruidoso Village Council and served two terms as a legislator in the New Mexico State House of Representatives. Mr. Underwood has been named one of Americas Best Lawyers for Government Affairs since 2008.

We have represented municipalities since 1979, including the Town of Mesilla, the Village of Ruidoso, Town of Capitan, and the Village of Corona. We currently represent the City of Ruidoso Downs.

We care about our clients and are committed to understanding how our clients are affected in their daily lives and in their businesses as a result of their interactions with legal issues.




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