John Donald Robb Jr. Passes Away at the Age of 90
It is with great sadness that the lawyers and staff of the Rodey Law Firm bid goodbye to John D. Robb, our friend, colleague and distinguished member of our firm for over 63 years, who passed away on July 13, 2014. His memory will comfort us and give us strength and his legacy as a person and as a great lawyer will continue to inspire us.
Rodey Lawyer Achieves Recertification in Trial Law
Scott D. Gordon, a Director in the Rodey Law Firm, has successfully achieved recertification by The National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate. Board Certification is the highest most stringent and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. The elaborate screening of credentials that all board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing.
Mr. Gordon is a member of Rodey’s Litigation Department. Since 1986, he has been the first chair trial attorney in numerous jury trials and bench trials including trials of discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract and personal injury claims.
Rodey Lawyer Named to 2014 Top List
Denise M. Chanez, an associate at the Rodey Law Firm, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession. Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s Hot List 2014 Issue in July. Honorees were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar association publications and legal blogs in order to identify promising candidates. Nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues were accepted. The selection committee also made editorial picks of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments, especially those active in legal pipeline initiatives.
Ms. Chanez practices in Rodey’s Litigation Department with an emphasis on health law and medical malpractice defense. She also has experience in the areas of employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, and media law. She is the president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.
Rodey Law Firm Achieves Top Ranking
The Rodey Law Firm has achieved top rankings in Chambers USA–America’s Leading Lawyers for Business-2014. Rodey received Chambers’ highest ranking in the following areas of law:
Corporate/Commercial Litigation: General Commercial
Labor and Employment Real Estate
Rodey received Chambers’ second highest ranking in Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries.
Chambers honored these Rodey lawyers with its highest designation of “Leaders in Their Field” based on their experience and expertise:
Mark K. Adams - Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries; Water Law
Rick Beitler - Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance Defense
Perry E. Bendicksen III – Corporate/Commercial
Henry M. Bohnhoff - Litigation: General Commercial
David Buchholtz – Corporate/Commercial
Nelson Franse - Litigation: General Commercial; Medical Malpractice & Insurance Defense
Catherine T. Goldberg - Real Estate
Scott D. Gordon - Labor & Employment
Alan Hall - Corporate/Commercial
Bruce Hall - Litigation: General Commercial
Justin A. Horwitz - Corporate/Commercial
Robert L. Lucero – Real Estate
Donald B. Monnheimer - Corporate/Commercial
Julie P. Neerken - Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
Sunny J. Nixon - Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries: Water Law
Lisa C. Ortega – Litigation: General Commercial
Theresa W. Parrish - Labor & Employment
John N. Patterson – Real Estate
John P. Salazar - Real Estate
Andrew G. Schultz - Litigation: General Commercial
Tracy Sprouls - Corporate/Commercial: Tax
Thomas L. Stahl - Labor & Employment
Aaron C. Viets – Labor & Employment
Charles J. Vigil – Labor & Employment
Chambers bases its rankings on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
David P. Buchholtz Joins Rodey Law Firm
David P. Buchholtz has joined the Rodey Law Firm. Mr. Buchholtz is a member of the firm’s Business Department. He practices in the areas of government finance law, economic development and state tax incentive law, financial institutions law, government relations, securities law and corporate matters. Additionally, Mr. Buchholtz represents issuers and underwriters in connection with the issuance of government securities. He counsels private businesses and governments in a variety of matters pertaining to growth, corporate governance affairs and government relations.
Mr. Buchholtz currently serves on the boards of Think New Mexico, the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and the Jewish Community Center of Albuquerque, where he is President. In 2014 Mr. Buchholtz was named Albuquerque Banking & Finance Law and Municipal Finance Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mr Buchholtz has a Tier 1 ranking in Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and he is also listed in Southwest Super Lawyers.
Mr. Buchholtz received his law degree from Georgetown University.
Rodey Lawyers Included in Top 25 List
Rodey Lawyers Nelson Franse, Scott Gordon, Bruce Hall, Ed Ricco and Andy Schultz have been selected for inclusion in the list of the Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico by Southwest Super Lawyers-2014. The Top 25 list includes the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New Mexico nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.
Mr. Franse is a Director in Rodey’s Albuquerque office. He practices in the Litigation Department with a particular interest in professional malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, product liability, personal injury defense, entertainment and sports law. He is the group leader of the Professional Liability section.
Mr. Gordon is a Director in the Albuquerque office. He is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trials and in Employment and Labor Law. Since 1986, Mr. Gordon has been the first chair trial attorney in numerous jury trials and bench trials including the trials of discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract and personal injury claims. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Gordon is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he teaches Pretrial Practice. He also serves on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Hall is a Director in the Albuquerque office. His professional experience includes complex litigation and appeals in many areas (products liability, commercial, employment, environmental and professional liability). He has tried jury and non-jury cases at all levels of state and federal courts in New Mexico. He has been lead appellate counsel in a number of cases which established the parameters of medical malpractice and products liability law in New Mexico and has presented oral argument in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Hall has a substantial practice in alternative dispute resolution, both mediation and arbitration.
Mr. Ricco is a Director in the Albuquerque office. He is a New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization certified specialist in appellate practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He concentrates his practice in appellate law. He has handled numerous appeals in the state and federal courts in a wide variety of legal areas, including civil rights, constitutional law, antitrust, commercial law, torts, administrative law, intellectual property, workers' compensation and other subjects. Mr. Ricco's practice also includes complex litigation at the trial court level. In addition, he practices in health law, where his work primarily involves the representation of hospitals and other institutional health care providers.
Mr. Schultz is a Director in the Albuquerque office. He practices in the Litigation Department and serves as head of the firm’s Complex and Commercial Litigation practice group. Mr. Schultz has a special interest in class action and civil rights litigation, along with other complex procedural and appellate work. He has significant litigation and appellate experience in both federal and state courts.
Inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers is based on a very strict, multi-step selection process, which includes, among other things, research on background and experience, as well as stringent peer review. The Top 25 list includes the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New Mexico nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.
Rodey Lawyers Selected as Southwest Super Lawyers
Forty-four Rodey lawyers have been selected as Southwest Super Lawyers-2014 for their expertise and experience in particular areas of law. Only five percent of the total lawyers in New Mexico were selected for this honor.
Southwest Super Lawyers has designated these Rodey lawyers as Rising Stars:
The designation of Rising Star is given to only the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in New Mexico who are either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less.
Inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers
is based on a very strict, multi-step selection process, which includes, among other things, research on background and experience, as well as stringent peer review.
Rodey Law Firm Elects New Directors
Glenn A. Beard, Margot A. Heflick and Krystle A. Thomas were elected to the Board of Directors of the Rodey Law Firm on January 22, 2014.
Mr. Beard practices in the Litigation Department, where he is a member of the professional liability practice group. His practice focuses on the defense of hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in medical malpractice actions. Mr. Beard also has extensive experience representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, and is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Employment and Labor Law.
Ms. Heflick practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on products and general liability litigation. She represents clients in the areas of tort and personal injury claims, medical malpractice and other areas of civil litigation. Ms. Heflick has represented clients in both state and federal courts.
Ms. Thomas practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis in employment law. Ms. Thomas also practices in the area of professional liability. She has defended clients in both jury and non-jury trials in State and Federal Court, in addition to administrative tribunals. Ms. Thomas is a co-author of the New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference – Second Edition, Rodey Law Firm © 2013.
Rodey Lawyer Elected to Board of University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association
Matthew M. Beck has been elected to the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association. Mr. Beck is an associate in Rodey’s Albuquerque office. He practices in the Litigation Department, primarily with the Complex and Commercial Litigation and the Employment and Labor Law practice groups. Before joining Rodey, Mr. Beck served as law clerk to the Honorable James O. Browning, United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Mr. Beck received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012, graduating magna cum laude.
New Attorney Joins Rodey Law Firm
John N. Patterson has joined the Rodey Law Firm. Mr. Patterson joins Rodey as a member of the firm’s Business Department. Mr. Patterson brings over 40 years of experience to Rodey. He practices in the areas of real estate and financing law. He represents financial institutions and has extensive experience in the development, financing, sale and operation of condominium properties. Mr. Patterson is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers and Chambers & Partners--America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Mr. Patterson will practice out of Rodey’s Santa Fe office.
Rodey Law Firm Receives Highest Designation From Benchmark Litigation
Benchmark Litigation-The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys has listed Rodey Law Firm as a “Highly Recommended Litigation Firm”. The “Highly Recommended” distinction is Benchmark’s top honor. These Rodey attorneys have been named “Litigation Stars” for their expertise and experience in litigation:
Cristina Adams, Jeff Lowry and Tom Outler have been named “Future Litigation Stars”.
Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading US trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the US litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.
U.S. News and World Report Names Rodey Law Firm One of the Best Law Firms in New Mexico
U.S. News and World Report and The Best Lawyers in America have named Rodey one of the best law firms in New Mexico. Rodey received 45 metropolitan first-tier rankings. Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Rodey received first tier rankings in Albuquerque in these areas:
Banking and Finance Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Rodey received first tier rankings in Santa Fe in these areas:
Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Native American Law
Natural Resources Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Real Estate Law
Tier One Rankings are based on overall evaluations of law firms which are derived from a combination of clients’ feedback, as well as feedback from other law firms in the same practice areas.
Rodey Lawyer Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Nelson Franse has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Franse became a Fellow took place during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California. Mr. Franse is a partner in the Rodey Law Firm. He practices in the Litigation Department with a particular interest in professional malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, product liability, personal injury defense, entertainment and sports law. He is the leader of the Professional Liability Practice Group.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Rodey Releases Second Edition of New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference
New Mexico employers, company CEOs, HR professionals and other interested individuals are in for an informative read as Rodey’s Labor and Employment Group lawyers announce the release of the second edition of the New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference. The book is a valuable tool that provides relevant information about New Mexico-specific employment laws. Covering everything from worker classification to at-will employment and from employment contracts to employment law torts, the second edition of the New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference informs readers about the New Mexico Human Rights Act, New Mexico Wage and Hour, and Child Labor laws. Readers will find information on workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, and the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Act. They will read about laws that may exist in other states, but not in New Mexico; for example, in most situations, New Mexico law does not require mandatory meal or break periods. The book also provides sections on drug and alcohol testing, medical insurance, employee records, personnel files, garnishment of wages and social media. For information on how to obtain a copy, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author:
For employers doing business in New Mexico, Rodey’s Labor and Employment Group is a cohesive team of experienced litigators and negotiators. A full-service employment law practice, it represents local, regional and national employers. The group is composed of lawyers knowledgeable in all federal and state laws affecting the employer-employee relationship with expertise that includes everything from civil rights in employment to wrongful-discharge litigation. Rodey’s Labor and Employment Group uses a comprehensive approach to client service, which involves training, counseling, and problem solving, giving clients the support they need to move more confidently through the complex web of employment law.
Rodey Lawyer Appointed to National Drafting Committee
John (Jack) P. Burton has been appointed to the National Drafting Committee on a Model Tribal Probate Code by Harriet Lansing, the President of the Uniform Law Commission. Mr. Burton is a Director in the Santa Fe office of the Rodey Law Firm. He has a state-wide, multi-disciplined, commercial practice involving transactions, alternative dispute resolution and litigation in federal and state courts, and legislative representation. He handles complex, commercial disputes of most kinds, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and settlement facilitation.
The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), established in 1892, provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. ULC drafting committees consist of a chair, several ULC commissioners from various states, and a reporter.
Rodey Lawyers Selected Best Lawyers of the Year for 2014
Best Lawyers has named several Rodey lawyers as Best Lawyers of the Year for 2014.
Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer, in each specialty and in each community, is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
The lawyers honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
The following Rodey lawyers have been named Best Lawyers of the Year for 2014:
Catherine T. Goldberg - Albuquerque Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Alan Hall - Albuquerque Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Bruce Hall - Albuquerque Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
Richard C. Minzner - Albuquerque Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
W. Mark Mowery - Santa Fe Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
Sunny J. Nixon - Santa Fe Mining Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Edward Ricco - Albuquerque Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
John P. Salazar - Albuquerque Litigation-Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year"
Robert M. St. John - Albuquerque Litigation-Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"
Rodey Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America
Thirty-seven attorneys with the Rodey Law Firm are listed in The Best Lawyers in America-2014. Those attorneys are: Mark Adams, Leslie McCarthy Apodaca, Rick Beitler, Henry Bohnhoff, David Bunting, John (Jack) Burton, Jeffrey Croasdell, Jocelyn Drennan, Nelson Franse, Catherine Goldberg, Scott Gordon, Alan Hall, Bruce Hall, Justin Horwitz, Paul Koller, Dick Minzner, Donald Monnheimer, Michael Morgan (recently retired), W. Mark Mowery, Julie Neerken, Sunny Nixon, Lisa Ortega, Thomas Outler, Theresa Parrish, Charles (Kip) Purcell, Edward Ricco, John Robb, John P. Salazar, Andrew Schultz, Charles Seibert, Ellen Skrak, Seth Sparks, Tracy Sprouls, Robert St. John, Thomas Stahl, Jennifer Stone, and Charles Vigil.
Most Rodey attorneys are listed for their expertise in more than one area of law, and some are listed for their expertise in multiple areas of law.
For over 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. The 2014 Best Lawyers in America list is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
Rodey Lawyer Elected President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
Denise M. Chanez has been elected President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Chanez is an associate at the Rodey Law Firm. She practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on health law and medical malpractice. Ms. Chanez also has experience in the areas of employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, and media law. She has defended government entities and private employers at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals.
Ms. Chanez received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006, graduating magna cum laude.
With approximately 300 members, the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association is the largest minority bar association in New Mexico. The association’s mission is to promote the education and development of Hispanic legal professionals.
Corporate INTL Magazine Selects Rodey Law Firm as New Mexico’s 2013 Labor Law Firm of the Year
Corporate INTL Magazine has named Rodey Law Firm New Mexico’s Labor Law Firm of the Year for 2013. Rodey was selected for its excellence, expertise and client service in the area of labor law.
Rodey's full-service labor and employment law practice represents local, regional and national employers in a wide variety of employment matters in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Mexico Human Rights Division, the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration and other agencies. The team advises clients in non-adversarial aspects of labor relations including employment terminations, early retirement plans, preparation of employee manuals, affirmative action plans, structuring grievance procedures, the Americans with Disabilities Act and preventive counseling. They also counsel clients on employment statutes and human resources factors in business transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and plant closures.
In 2010 Rodey’s labor and employment attorneys wrote and published the New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference. The book was written for New Mexico employers, as a valuable tool for anyone wanting to know about New Mexico-specific employment laws.
Since 2005 Corporate INTL has been firmly established as one of the leading monthly titles for business leaders, professional advisers and providers of finance throughout the world.