Patrick T. Ortiz

Santa Fe - Partner

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Patrick (“Pat”) Ortiz joined Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP, January 1, 2010, focusing his practice primarily in the areas of public utility and appellate law. Pat holds an “AV” Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible based on a peer review.

Pat joined the firm upon his retirement as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of PNM Resources, Inc., an energy holding company which owns Public Service Company of New Mexico (New Mexico’s largest electric utility) and Texas-New Mexico Power Company (a Texas electric transmission and distribution utility). He has also represented PNM as outside counsel. As PNM’s General Counsel Pat was responsible for the provision of all legal services to the PNM Resources corporate system, corporate governance and ethics and compliance, gaining experience in a wide variety of legal issues affecting business and the energy industry. At various points during his career with PNM he also had responsibility for Regulatory Policy, Governmental Affairs, Public Affairs, Document Control Center, Claims and Audit Services. He became PNM’s first in-house General Counsel in October 1991. During his tenure at PNM, PNM’s Law Department was awarded the Employer of Choice Award in 2003 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. PNM consistently received high grades for its corporate governance from two major governance rating agencies, including a 10 point global rating on a 10 point scale from Governance Metrics, Inc. for every review period since June 2006. He was named to the Hispanic Business 100 Influential Hispanics in 2003 and was awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by MALDEF in 2006. He was profiled in Latino Leaders magazine and Diversity & the Bar magazine in 2008.

Prior to joining PNM, Pat was employed by U S WEST Communications as Chief Counsel-New Mexico. He has also served as a Commissioner on the former New Mexico Public Service Commission, Chief Commission Counsel and Staff Counsel to the NMPSC, General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to the former New Mexico State Corporation Commission (including the Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal, Patients Compensation Fund, Workers Compensation Fund, Pipeline Safety Bureau, Telecommunications, Transportation and Corporations departments), and Assistant Attorney General in the Energy & Utilities Unit of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. In those positions he represented utilities, telecommunications companies, commissions and their staffs, and residential and governmental customers in regulatory proceedings and appeals to the New Mexico Supreme Court. In addition to utility matters, during his career he has been involved in merger and acquisition activities, complex commercial transactions and litigation, employment litigation and other human resources matters and legislative activities.

Pat graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1976. He graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1972. Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pat is a 1968 graduate of St. Michael’s High School.

Pat is a member of the New Mexico State Bar.  He is a member of the New Mexico Judicial Compensation Commission, having been appointed by the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  He has served on the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee, the American Gas Association Legal Committee, and has been a member of the General Counsel Roundtable of the Corporate Executive Board. He is on the Board of the Karen Ortiz Snowball Cotillion, a non-profit agency he formed to provide special programs and activities for the disabled and special needs community in northern New Mexico. He has previously served on the boards of the PNM Resources Foundation, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Foundation, United Way of Santa Fe County (president), the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Partners in Education (president), the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, State Bar Business Law Section, State Bar Public Law Section (president), and the State Bar Task Force on Minorities in the Profession. He also served as Executive Sponsor of LLAVE, a Hispanic employees association promoting diversity.


  •  New Energy Economy v. NM Public Regulation Commission, 2018-NMSC-024 (presented oral argument for and represented PNM)
  • Re Application for Expedited Approval, 2016 WL 4478873 (NMPRC) (Facebook service; represented PNM)
  • Re TECO Energy, Inc., 316 PUR 4th 13 (NMPRC 2014) (acquisition of New Mexico Gas Company; represented TECO)
  • New Mexico Attorney General v. NMPRC, 2013-NMSC-042 (presented oral argument for and represented PNM)
  • Re Public Service Co. of New Mexico, 300 PUR 4th 73 (2012) (established rate rider for renewable energy costs; represented PNM)
  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority v. NMPRC, 2010-NMSC-013, (presented oral argument for and represented PNM)
  • Re Public Service Co. of New Mexico, 265 PUR 4th 204 (NMPRC 2008) (reinstatement of fuel clause, represented PNM)
  • State ex rel. Sandel v. NMPUC, 1999-NMSC-019 (represented PNM)
  • Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co. v. NMSCC, 1985-NMSC-024 (filed amicus brief for NMPSC)
  • Re Southern Union Co./Public Service Co. of N.M., 64 PUR 4th 17 (NMPSC 1984) (NMPSC Commissioner)
  • Attorney General v. NMPSC, 1984-NMSC-081 (presented oral argument for and represented NMPSC)
  • Gas Company of New Mexico v. NMPSC, 1984-NMSC-002 (represented NMPSC)
  • General Telephone Co. of the SW v. NMSCC, 1982-NMSC-106 (presented oral argument for and represented NMSCC)
  • Re El Paso Electric Co., 29 PUR 4th 427 (NMPSC 1979) (EPE rate case; represented NMPSC Staff)
  • Re Rules Governing Discontinuance of Utility Service, 28 PUR 4th 376 (NMPSC 1979) (represented NMPSC Staff)
  • Re Southwestern Public Service Co., 27 PUR 4th 302 (NMPSC 1978) (SPS rate case; represented NMPSC Staff)

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