Greg Nibert was born in Roswell, New Mexico on January 3, 1958. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons, Gregory, age 23, and Jeff, age 21. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1980 and received a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University in 1983. He was Editor in Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review for 1982-83. He is a partner in Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P. and is a New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization recognized specialist in Oil and Gas Law. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1993, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2005, and Southwest Super Lawyers since 2007.
Commissioner Nibert is a frequent speaker and author of papers on oil and gas law topics and teaches at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Short Course. An article jointly prepared by Mr. Nibert, George Snell, Tim Dowd, Tom Daily, John McDavid and Richard Revels: “A Comparative Review of Oil and Gas Law in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Louisiana” published in Landman, November/December 2002, by the AAPL, was selected as the Best AAPL Published Article at the AAPL annual meeting in June 2003. Mr. Nibert is active in the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. He is a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and a Research Fellow of The Center for American and International Law. He served on the Board of Directors of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the State Bar of New Mexico and was Chair of the Section for the year 1990-91. He is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, Chaves County Bar Association, New Mexico Landmen's Association, and American Association of Professional Landmen. He has worked with the United States Congress on several federal issues and testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee regarding the Valles Caldera Preservation Act and the Amendments thereto and has worked to recently secure the passage of the Pecos National Historical Park Land Exchange Bill that will allow a land exchange to preserve the Glorieta Battlefield in Santa Fe County.
Commissioner Nibert was elected to serve as a Chaves County Commissioner in 2006 and recently graduated for Leadership New Mexico local government leadership program. He has served our community as President of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce 2007-08, the Executive Board of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation for 2007-09, the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education 1996-97, Lt. Governor of the Southwest District of Kiwanis International, a Distinguished Past President of the Roswell Kiwanis Club, current member of the Roswell Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Rio Hondo District of the Conquistador Council, Boy Scouts of America 1997-2003 and is Assistant Scout Master of Troop 2, sponsored by First United Methodist Church. He is a deacon and frequent bible teacher at Country Club Road Church of Christ.
Politically, Commissioner Nibert has served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Chaves County 2001-03, was the Chaves County grassroots chair for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign which secured the margin of victory for President Bush in the State of New Mexico, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Republican Party of New Mexico.