Tim Vollmann earned his bachelor's degree in 1968 from California State University Fullerton and his J.D. in 1973 from UCLA School of Law. He began his law career as a legal services attorney and a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
In 1975, he moved to Washington, D.C., to join the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was appointed to serve as associate solicitor for Indian affairs in 1984, a position he held for three years before transferring to Tulsa, OK to serve as the department’s regional solicitor for the Southwest Region. That position was moved to Albuquerque in 1992 where he served until leaving federal service in 2001.
During his tenure at the Interior Department, Vollmann authored important pieces of legislation, including the Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982 and the Jicarilla Apache Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992, supervised litigation of numerous important cases involving Native American natural resources and advised six secretaries of the Interior. He was awarded the Presidential Award for Meritorious Executive Service in 1999.
Now a sole practitioner in Albuquerque, Vollmann is special counsel to several Indian tribes in natural resource matters and has represented individual Indian clients in civil rights matters.
Among his publications are: “The Endangered Species Act and Indian Water Rights”, 11 Natural Resources and Environment 39 (1996) and “Exploration and Development Agreements on Indian Lands”, Paper 12 presented at the 50th Anniversary Rocky Mineral Law Institute in Vail, CO in 2004.
He is a member of the Bars of New Mexico, Arizona and California.