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Rosalind B. Bienvenu is an associate in the firm’s Santa Fe, New Mexico office. She focuses her practice on civil appeals and strategic trial support at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining the firm, Rosalind worked as a trial attorney specializing in complex litigation including catastrophic injury, toxic tort, product defect, and pharmaceutical cases.
Rosalind earned her law degree from New York University School of Law, cum laude, where she was a Florence Allen Scholar and Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review. During law school, she interned at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking. She began her legal career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison LLP in New York, practicing complex commercial litigation with a focus on securities, class action, intellectual property, insurance, and white collar criminal matters. Committed to offering pro bono legal assistance, she also successfully represented clients seeking political asylum and refugee status in the United States. From 2014 to 2015, she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Rosalind earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude, where she studied English literature and documentary filmmaking. Before attending law school, she lived in Eastern Europe as a Henry Russell Shaw Fellow, taught English in rural Japan, and worked for Google in its Cambridge, Massachusetts office.
Rosalind is licensed to practice in New Mexico, Texas, and New York.
Successfully defeating Rule 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, re-affirming that a foreign corporation’s registration to do business in the state constitutes consent to New Mexico personal jurisdiction.
The Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico applied the “conservation” element of the state’s ground water permit statute, NMSA 72-12-3, to uphold the Office of the State Engineer’s denial of a major developer’s (Aquifer Science) application to withdraw ground water in the East Mountains near Albuquerque. In reviewing the application de novo, Judge Shannon Bacon not only agreed with the local landowners who protested the permit that withdrawing the proposed amount of water would significantly impair existing water rights with no feasible mitigation plan, but also concluded that the developer’s application was “contrary to conservation of water within the state,” in violation of NMSA 72-12-3’s requirements. In denying the application, the court rejected Aquifer Science’s claim that that its plan achieved “conservation” by building golf courses as a place to reuse wastewater and determined that Aquifer Science’s other plans to conserve water through efficient appliances, fixtures, and landscaping were “speculative.” The court also concluded that the developer’s failure to consider the impact of climate change on the supply of surface water—and, thus, ground water—when calculating water demand “suggests a lack of long-term planning regarding conservation.”