Greg Nibert was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two adult sons, Greg, Jr. and Jeff. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 1980 and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University in 1983. He was Editor in Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review in 1982-83. He has spent his entire professional career at the Roswell law firm of Hinkle Shanor LLP (formerly Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin and Hinkle, Cox, Eaton, Coffield & Hensley) 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 was named lawyer of the year by the Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law in 2015.
Greg has presented numerous papers and given speeches on energy and natural resource topics to a large number of energy organizations and universities, and has been published in professional journals, books, and magazines. He served as Chair of the 57th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute in 2011, Oil and Gas Section Chair for the 56th and 46th Annual Institutes in 2010 and 2000, respectively, and served as the Landmen’s Section Chair for the 38th Annual Institute in 1992.
Active in the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico Greg served as its President 2011-12 and selected as member of the year in 2005 and 2013. He is the immediate past Treasurer and former member of the Board of Directors, and a current Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Greg is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and was Chair of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the State Bar of New Mexico in 1990-91. He is also a member of the Chaves County Bar Association (President in 2010-11), New Mexico Landmen’s Association, and American Association of Professional Landmen.
In 2006 Greg was elected to serve as a Chaves County Commissioner, and reelected in 2010. He was Chair of the Chaves County Republican Party in 2001-03 and has been involved in a number of local, state and national elections, as well as serving as one of the Republican Party lawyers in several recounts and election-day issues. He served on the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education in 1996. He remains active in Kiwanis International and is currently Lt. Governor of Division 4 in the Southwest District and is a Distinguished Past President of the Roswell Kiwanis Club. He served as Chairman of the Rio Hondo District of the Conquistador Council, Boy Scouts of America 1997-2003 and currently is serving as Vice President-Finance of the Conquistador Council and is Assistant Scout Master of Troop 2. He was President of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce 2007-08 and served on the executive committee and board of directors of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation from 2010-14. Greg is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico (Core class of 2011 and Government class of 2009).