New Attorney Joins Rodey Law Firm
Abigail M. Yates has joined the Rodey Law Firm. Ms. Yates is an associate in the Albuquerque office. She practices in the Litigation Department, primarily with the Complex and Commercial Litigation and the Products and General Liability practice groups.
During law school, Ms. Yates served as Manuscript Editor for the New Mexico Law Review. Upon graduation, Ms. Yates received a Dean’s Award for Significant Contribution to the Law School Community.
Ms. Yates received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2015, graduating magna cum laude.
Rodey Lawyers Selected Best Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers has named several Rodey lawyers Best Lawyers of the Year for 2016.
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 2016:
- Jack Burton – Santa Fe Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”
- Jeff Croasdell – Albuquerque Transportation Law “Lawyer of the Year”
- Nelson Franse – Albuquerque Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
- Scott Gordon – Albuquerque Labor Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year”
- Alan Hall – Albuquerque Mergers and Acquisitions Law “Lawyer of the Year”
- Bruce Hall – Albuquerque Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”
- Justin Horwitz – Albuquerque Securities/Capital Markets Law “Lawyer of the Year”
- Mike Morgan – Albuquerque Litigation-Patent “Lawyer of the Year”
- Theresa Parrish – Albuquerque Litigation-Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”
- Charles (Kip) Purcell – Albuquerque Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year”
- Tracy Sprouls – Albuquerque Litigation-Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”
Rodey Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America
Forty-one attorneys with the Rodey Law Firm are listed in The Best Lawyers in America-2016. Those attorneys are: Mark Adams, Leslie McCarthy Apodaca, Sandra Beerle, Rick Beitler, Perry Bendicksen III, Henry Bohnhoff, Brian Brack, Michael Brescia, 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, Jeffrey Lowry, Dick Minzner, Donald Monnheimer, Michael Morgan, W. Mark Mowery, Sunny Nixon, Lisa Ortega, 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 2016 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 Becomes President of the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni/ae Association
Robert L. Lucero, Jr. became President of the Board of Directors of the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni/ae Association on July 1, 2015. Mr. Lucero has served on the Board since October 2011. Mr. Lucero is a Director at the Rodey Law Firm where he practices in the Business Department with an emphasis on real estate, land use and finance law. Mr. Lucero received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2008, graduating magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.
Rodey Lawyer Elected to Board of Opera Southwest
Matthew M. Beck has been elected to the Board of Directors of Opera Southwest. Mr. Beck is an associate with the Rodey Law Firm. His practice focuses primarily on business law and commercial litigation.
Founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre, Opera Southwest produces operas from the fall through the spring, complementing the Santa Fe Opera’s summer season, thereby making New Mexico one of few states with year-round professional opera.
Rodey Lawyer Receives Highest Rating
After an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar and the Judiciary, Valerie R. Denton has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating.
Ms. Denton is a Director in the Albuquerque office of the Rodey Law Firm. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, personal injury, wrongful death and insurance defense litigation.
Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating is given to lawyers whose legal ability and professional ethical standards are of the highest quality.
Rodey Attorney Receives New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award
John P. Salazar, an attorney with the Rodey Law Firm, was honored on May 21st with the prestigious New Mexico Spirit of Achievement Award.
For thirty-three years, National Jewish Health has presented the Spirit of Achievement Award to citizens in and around Albuquerque who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources in all areas of life – personal, business and civic. The Honorable Mayor Richard J. and First Lady Maria Berry and Doctors Peter and Kathie Winograd were also honored with the award.
Mr. Salazar’s professional experience and current practice are in real estate, land use and development law, as well as municipal and administrative law. Mr. Salazar has substantial litigation experience, particularly in the area of eminent domain.
National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders.
Rodey Law Firm Achieves Top Ranking
The Rodey Law Firm has achieved top ranking in Chambers USA–America’s Leading Lawyers for Business-2015. Rodey received Chambers’ highest ranking in the following areas of law: Corporate/Commercial; Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial; Real Estate.
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. 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
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
Rodey Lawyers Included in Top 25 List
Rodey Lawyers Nelson Franse, Scott Gordon, Ed Ricco and Tom Stahl have been selected for inclusion in the list of the Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico by Southwest Super Lawyers-2015. The Top 25 list includes the lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New Mexico nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.
Nelson 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.
Scott Gordon is a Director in Rodey’s 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.
Ed Ricco is a Director in Rodey’s 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.
Tom Stahl is a Director in Rodey’s Albuquerque office and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Employment and Labor Law. Mr. Stahl’s practice focuses on the defense of employers in state and federal court, as well as in forums for alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. He has represented employers large and small in a wide range of employment actions, including claims of age, race, religion, sex and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract and defamation. Mr. Stahl also works with employers to prevent litigation by providing employer counseling and training on the legal aspects of human resource issues.
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 Lawyers Selected as Southwest Super Lawyers
Forty-five Rodey lawyers have been selected as Southwest Super Lawyers-2015 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.
Mark K. Adams–Energy and Natural Resources
Leslie McCarthy Apodaca-Business Litigation
Rick Beitler-Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Perry E. Bendicksen III-Mergers & Acquisition
Henry M. Bohnhoff-Business Litigation
David P. Buchholtz-Securities and Corporate Finance
David W. Bunting-Business Litigation
John P. Burton–Real Estate
Jeffrey M. Croasdell-Personal Injury Defense: Products
Jocelyn C. Drennan-Appellate
Nelson Franse–Professional Liability: Defense
Kurt B. Gilbert-Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Catherine T. Goldberg–Real Estate
Scott D. Gordon–Employment and Labor
Bruce D. Hall–Alternative Dispute Resolution
Paul R. Koller-Personal Injury Defense: General
Jeffrey L. Lowry-Employment and Labor
W. Mark Mowery-Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Lisa C. Ortega-Personal Injury Defense: General
Theresa W. Parrish–Employment and Labor
John N. Patterson-Real Estate
Charles (Kip) Purcell-Appellate
Edward R. Ricco–Appellate
Brenda M. Saiz-Personal Injury Defense: Products
John P. Salazar–Real Estate
Andrew G. Schultz–Business Litigation
Seth L. Sparks-Professional Liability Defense
Robert M. St. John–Business Litigation
Thomas L. Stahl–Employment and Labor
Jennifer L. Stone-Health Law
Aaron C. Viets-Employment and Labor
Charles J. Vigil–Employment and Labor
Southwest Super Lawyers has designated these Rodey lawyers as Rising Stars:
Kevin J. Banville; Denise M. Chanez; Tyler M. Cuff; Valerie R. Denton; Richard E. Hatch; Margot A. Heflick; Justin A. Horwitz; Charles R. Hughson; Robert L. Lucero; Stephen R. Marshall; Todd E. Rinner and Krystle A. Thomas. 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 Lawyer Appointed to ULC Drafting Committee
John P. (Jack) Burton has been appointed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) as a member of the Drafting Committee on Amendments to the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act.
He is also a member of the ULC’s Drafting Committee on the Model Tribal Probate Code and its Committee on Liaison with American Indian Tribes and Nations.
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, 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.
Rodey Lawyer Elected to Board of Albuquerque Economic Development
Justin A. Horwitz has been elected to the Board of Directors of Albuquerque Economic Development (AED). Mr. Horwitz is a Director in the Rodey Law Firm and the Chairman of Rodey’s Business Department. He has substantial experience with a variety of economic development initiatives including industrial revenue bonds, public improvement district bonds and tax increment for development bonds, and transactions involving the local economic development act. Mr. Horwitz also serves as counsel on public finance matters and has experience in the issuance of a variety of governmental obligations.
AED is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit business and industry and help local companies grow and generate quality job opportunities in the Albuquerque metro area. AED provides confidential assistance to businesses considering the area for expansion and new investment. Since its creation in 1960, AED has recruited more than 200 companies and 25,000 jobs to the Albuquerque metro area.
Rodey Lawyer Appointed to Probate Court Rules Committee
John (Jack) P. Burton has been appointed as a member of the newly formed Probate Court Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of New Mexico.
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 Probate Court Rules Committee is charged with developing and recommending new procedural rules for use in probate courts and for reviewing and recommending amendments to, the existing probate court forms.
Rodey Lawyer Inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Scott D. Gordon has become a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Gordon is a Director at the Rodey Law Firm and former Chair of the Litigation Department. He is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trials and in Employment and Labor Law. Since 1986, Mr. Gordon has been first chair trial attorney in numerous trials including 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. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and is on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.
Rodey Lawyer Appointed to Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel
Brenda M. Saiz has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel of the United States District Court for New Mexico.
Ms. Saiz is a Director in the Albuquerque office of the Rodey Law Firm. She practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on trucking law and professional liability. Her areas of practice also include product liability, wrongful death, and insurance defense litigation, including bad faith.
In 1988 New Mexico voters approved a constitutional amendment creating a hybrid system of judicial selection that includes merit selection, partisan elections, and retention elections.
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 and Jeff Lowry 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.