Fred Abramowitz is a graduate of Columbia University
(B.A., 1973, M.A., 1975), and the University of New Mexico (J.D., 1982).
He began his legal career working for the New Mexico State Engineer,
where he was employed from 1983 to 1987.
In 1988, Mr. Abramowitz became general
counsel for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, and in 1989
he left the public sector and went into solo practice. In 1991, he became
the first recognized water law specialist in the state of New Mexico.
Abramowitz & Franks was formed in 2002.
Mr. Abramowitz is the managing partner of the firm.
Mr. Abramowitz has litigation experience covering a broad range of areas,
including water law, natural resources law, civil rights, and employment
law, as well as experience in structuring complex litigation. He has
represented numerous state and governmental agencies, including the
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, the Interstate Stream Commission,
the State Land Office, the City of Albuquerque, the County of Bernalillo,
and the Attorney General’s Office, as well as numerous acequias,
domestic water users associations, and individuals throughout the west.
Fred Abramowitz has served as lead
counsel and principal negotiator in matters involving interstate water
compacts and water apportionments, the Endangered Species Act, and numerous
other natural resource and water matters, including extensive experience
in acquiring, evaluating, and transferring water rights in administrative
and judicial forums.
Mr. Abramowitz is an experienced
trial attorney. He has been an adjunct professor of water law at the
University of New Mexico, School of Law. He is a former independent
counsel for the City of Albuquerque, where he served as the city’s
civilian police oversight officer. He is licensed in all state and federal
courts in New Mexico and Colorado, in the Tenth Circuit, and in the
United States Supreme Court. For a list of Mr. Abramowitz’ principal
cases, visit our Publications and Principal Cases section.
In 2004, Mr. Abramowitz and his wife Dr. Amy Susan Hayes moved to Fort
Collins, Colorado. He is an avid fly-fisherman and ultra marathon runner,
and has traveled extensively throughout the world.