Rodey Law Firm Receives Designation As a Top New Mexico Litigation Firm
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 “State Litigation Stars” for their expertise and experience in litigation:
Cristina Adams, Jeff Lowry and Tom Outler have been named “Future Litigation Stars”.
identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. 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 is included and recognized in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list for professional excellence and 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 the highest (first tier) metropolitan rankings in 48 areas of practice.
Rodey received first tier rankings in Albuquerque in these areas:
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Appellate Practice
- Banking and Finance Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Law
- Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
- Employment Law - Management
- Government Relations Practice
- Health Care Law
- Insurance Law
- Labor Law - Management
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
- Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
- Litigation - Banking & Finance
- Litigation - Construction
- 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
- Public Finance Law
- Real Estate Law
- Securities/Capital Markets Law
- Tax Law
- Transportation Law
- Trusts & Estates Law
Rodey received first tier rankings in Santa Fe in these areas:
- Administrative/Regulatory Law
- Banking and Finance Law
- Corporate Law
- Energy Law
- Financial Services Regulation Law
- Mining Law
- Natural Resources Law
- Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
- Real Estate Law
Rodey Attorney Receives UNM Law School Distinguished Achievement Award
Edward Ricco, an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, was presented the University of New Mexico School of Law Distinguished Achievement Award on Friday, October 24th at UNM Law School’s Distinguished Achievement Awards Dinner. Award recipients were selected for their substantial contributions to the UNM School of Law, their distinguished careers and their service to the legal community and the state of New Mexico.
Mr. Ricco is a director in the Rodey Law Firm and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he has taught and coached students in the area of appellate advocacy. He has handled 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. He is a Board certified specialist in appellate practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Rodey Attorney To Be Named Business Lawyer of the Year
John P. Salazar, an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, has been voted Business Lawyer of the Year by the Executive Board of the State Bar of New Mexico’s Business Law Section. The Business Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes an attorney who has made significant contributions to the practice of business law in New Mexico and is “the model of a New Mexico business lawyer”. The recipient of this award must demonstrate the utmost professionalism, integrity and superior legal service, as well as service to the public. The award ceremony will take place on Friday, November 7th at the State Bar.
Mr. Salazar’s professional experience and current practice are in real estate, land use and development law, as well as municipal and administrative law. He has substantial litigation experience, particularly in eminent domain, in which his litigation practice is currently focused.
Rodey Lawyers Selected Best Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers has named several Rodey lawyers Best Lawyers of the Year for 2015.
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 2015:
Rick Beitler – Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
Nelson Franse – Albuquerque Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
Scott D. Gordon – Albuquerque Employment Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year”
Richard C. Minzner – Albuquerque Litigation and Controversy-Tax “Lawyer of the Year”
Mike Morgan – Albuquerque Litigation-Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year”
W. Mark Mowery – Santa Fe Mediation “Lawyer of the Year”
Thomas A. Outler – Albuquerque Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
Charles (Kip) Purcell – Albuquerque Litigation-First Amendment “Lawyer of the Year”
Charles J. Vigil – Albuquerque Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year
Rodey Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America
Forty attorneys with the Rodey Law Firm are listed in The Best Lawyers in America-2015. Those attorneys are: Mark Adams, Leslie McCarthy Apodaca, Sandra Beerle, Rick Beitler, Perry Bendicksen III, Henry Bohnhoff, David Buchholtz, 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, W. Mark Mowery, Julie Neerken, Sunny Nixon, Lisa Ortega, Thomas Outler, Theresa Parrish, John Patterson, Charles (Kip) Purcell, Edward Ricco, 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 2015 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 Re-Elected President
of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
Denise M. Chanez has been re-elected President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Chanez has been serving in that capacity since July of 2013.
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.
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.
Rodey Attorney To Be Honored by New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
Charles (Kip) Purcell, an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, has been selected to receive an award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG). The Dixon First Amendment Award was created in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon. Mr. Dixon, formerly an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, was a leading defender of the First Amendment and the state’s access laws. The award will be presented to Mr. Purcell on October 1st at FOG’s annual “Your Right To Know Luncheon”. Mr. Purcell, a former president and longtime board member of FOG, has written or assisted in the drafting of numerous FOG amicus briefs that have shaped open government law in New Mexico.
Mr. Purcell is a director in the Rodey Law Firm where his practice focuses on tort, insurance, civil rights, appellate and general litigation as well as media law, personal injury, products liability and medical and legal malpractice. Mr. Purcell received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1984 graduating magna cum laude.
Rodey Attorney Honored by the State Bar
Catherine T. Goldberg, an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, was honored at a special reception on July 19th during the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of New Mexico.
The State Bar presented Ms. Goldberg with the Justice Pamela B. Minzner Professionalism Award. The award, named for the late Pamela B. Minzner, New Mexico Supreme Court Justice, is the highest award given by the State Bar. Ms. Goldberg received the award in recognition of her outstanding professional conduct over many years of practice and for her involvement in the Albuquerque community through her service on the boards of many community organizations.
Ms. Goldberg is a director in the Rodey Law Firm and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She practices in the areas of real estate, financings, banking, foreclosures, commercial law, leases, contracts and corporate law. She received her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1975 graduating magna cum laude.
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.
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.