Rodey Lawyers Named “Leaders in Their Field”
Twenty-three lawyers with the Rodey Law Firm have been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA–America’s Leading Lawyers for Business-2015. 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.
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 Law Firm Elects New Directors
Robert L. Lucero, Denise M. Chanez, Richard E. Hatch and Perry E. Bendicksen, III were elected to the Board of Directors of the Rodey Law Firm on January 21, 2015.
Mr. Lucero practices in the Business Department with an emphasis on real estate, land use and finance law. He assists clients throughout all phases of real estate development - from acquisition and financing, to securing entitlements, to leasing and disposition. He also represents business clients before administrative bodies and the courts and is admitted to practice before all New Mexico state and federal courts, as well as before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Chanez practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on health law and medical malpractice. She also has experience in the areas of media law, employment, civil rights, education, personal injury, and general insurance defense.
Mr. Hatch practices in the Litigation Department with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense litigation. He also practices in the areas of health law, wrongful death, product liability and general insurance defense.
Mr. Bendicksen is a member of the firm’s Business Department. He has extensive experience in securities and finance transactions. He regularly represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, technology companies and their investors, and securities issuers and underwriters. He represents private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other collective investment vehicles in their formation and in their investments in portfolio companies. He also structures project finance transactions and public-private partnerships. He has represented numerous companies in private placements of their debt and equity securities, including preparation of disclosure documents and qualification for state and local registration exemptions.
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 Lawyer Receives Highest Rating
After an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar and the Judiciary, Jennifer L. Stone has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating.
Ms. Stone is a Director in the Albuquerque office of the Rodey Law Firm. She is the leader of the Healthcare Transactions and Regulation practice group. Ms. Stone has represented and advised health care facilities, physicians and other health professionals regarding all aspects of their operations, including business planning, compliance, contracting, credentialing, licensing, regulatory matters, and litigation since 1991. Her practice concentrates on the representation of hospitals, insurers, medical groups, healthcare professionals and other healthcare entities.
Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating is given to lawyers whose legal ability and professional ethical standards are of the highest quality.
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 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.