Ms. Stambaugh is a Director in the Litigation Department practicing with the firm’s Complex and Commercial Litigation practice group. Over the past decade she has defended a broad range of civil cases for local, national, and international clients and has served as local counsel for numerous Fortune 500 companies in litigation brought by both the State of New Mexico and private individuals. Ms. Stambaugh also represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases, including First Amendment, equal protection, due process, and foster abuse and neglect cases. She is admitted to practice in New Mexico, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to law school, Ms. Stambaugh interned and worked for several international nonprofit organizations, including the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York, International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles, and South American Explorers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
During law school Ms. Stambaugh served as a Professional Articles Editor for the University of New Mexico Law Review and as the medical-legal liaison for the Community Lawyering section of the New Mexico School of Law Clinical Law Program. Upon graduation, Ms. Stambaugh received a LexisNexis Award for Top Academic Achievement. In 2013-2014, Ms. Stambaugh completed a one-year clerkship with the Honorable Linda M. Vanzi in the New Mexico Court of Appeals. In 2018 she co-authored State Constitutional Litigation in New Mexico: All Shield and No Sword, 48 N.M.L.R. 302 (2018), along with Linda Vanzi and Andrew Schultz.
Ms. Stambaugh currently serves on the firm’s Associates Committee; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; and is the firm’s Associate Mentor Coordinator. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque Bar Association and is an approved mentor for the State Bar of New Mexico’s Bridge the Gap Program.
Ms. Stambaugh is included in Albuquerque Business First’s 40 Under Forty List of New Mexico’s most dynamic, successful and community-minded young business leaders for 2022.
- State Bar of New Mexico
- American Bar Association
- Board of Directors, Albuquerque Bar Association
- University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D. 2011, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
- Occidental College (B.A. Diplomacy and World Affairs, minor Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies, magna cum laude)
Well-Founded Fear of Persecution Among Women Seeking Asylum: Lessons Learned from the Law of Rape, 40 N.M.L.R. 455 (2010)
State Constitutional Litigation in New Mexico: All Shield and No Sword, 48 N.M.L.R. 302 (2018)