New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association 

Welcome to NMDLA!



Dear DLA Members:

We are excited to report some important news.  First, the Defense Lawyers Association (DLA) congratulates recent NMDLA President Nancy Franchini and Ned Fuller on their appointments by Governor Susana Martinez to the Second Judicial District Court.

Second, the NMDLA has been actively involved with Justice Chavez’s initiative to discuss a summary civil jury trial system in New Mexico.  The NMDLA, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers and ABOTA members have worked together to organize an October 10, 2014 CLE conference to inform and educate their members about how these systems have been organized in other states and to discuss the pros and cons of creating such a system in New Mexico.   Justice Chavez has asked the NMDLA to survey its members about the concept of summary jury trials.  The expectation is that from this poll the organizers of this seminar will learn about any apprehensions or benefits of the program.  The information learned from the poll will be used to determine how best to discuss some of the apprehensions and how to design a program to overcome legitimate apprehensions.   The NMDLA will send out this poll in the near future.  It would be beneficial to hear from as many of our members as possible so as to fully explore the NMDLA’s concerns.  The agenda for this seminar will be provided to NMDLA members in the next couple of weeks. We look forward to your attendance at this seminar.

Third, the NMDLA congratulates Board Member Carolyn Ramos for organizing and conducting a very successful, Women in the Courtroom CLE.  The feedback received thus far has been extremely positive.  The NMDLA thanks all the presenters and other participants who made this seminar a success.  Please support upcoming NMDLA CLE seminars, including the October 3, 2014 NMDLA Luncheon and Annual Meeting where the NMDLA Defense Lawyer and Young Lawyer of the Year awardees will be celebrated.  

Also, NMDLA members recently participated in a joint conference with the West Texas Association of Defense Counsel at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  This was the second year that the NMDLA has participated in the event.  The conference provided substantive information about recent developments in New Mexico and Texas law.  Given the Supreme Court’s decision to allow reciprocity, the NMDLA and West Texas defense lawyers will be working with each other more often in the upcoming years.  This joint conference allows attorneys from both states to meet, create contacts and network.  We are grateful to NMDLA Board Members Bryan Garcia and Bill Anderson for presenting at this conference.

Finally, several successful jury verdicts have been reported in the last quarter.  Congratulations to all defense law firms that have tried cases this year.  We look forward to receiving information about any new trial verdicts, which will benefit other NMDLA members in their own evaluations.  

I hope that all of our members have great success in the upcoming months.

Richard M. Padilla
O’Brien & Padilla, PC
2014 NMDLA President

 News & Issues

Recipients of the 2014 Attorney of the Year Awards
Join us October 3 in celebration of Stephen G. French, Esq., Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year, and Alicia Santos, Esq.Young Lawyer of the Year. To read more about this year's award winners Click Here. To make a reservation to the awards luncheon please Click Here.


Defense News is NMDLA's quarterly newsletter containing important articles on the latest developments in the law that is circulated to all members of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association as well as all the New Mexico judges, major newspapers and libraries. If you would like to contribute your ideas for future articles, please click here to submit your suggestion! To see advertising rates Click Here.


Recent Trial Decisions of Interest to Civil Defense Lawyers
To view the most recent trial decision submitted by Daniel J. O'Brien of O'Brien & Padilla, P.C.please Click Here. For other verdicts submitted in July see Jeff Ray, Esq. and Mark Mowery, Esq. of Ray, McCristrian & Jeans, P.C. / Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. by Clicking Here. Remember, you are welcome to take advantage of NMDLA's member network by sharing your trial verdicts.


NMDLA's New Linkedin Discussion Group 
Our members have asked for it and NMDLA has responded! You may now apply to join the new discussion group for NMDLA member defense lawyers on Linkedin. Membership will be restricted to full NMDLA members. The discussion group will be open for candid discussion of topics of interest to the group's members. To become a group member, sign in to your Linkedin account, click Groups and search for NMDLA. You will be notified by e-mail when your membership in the group is accepted. Click here to visit Linkedin and sign up today!

Upcoming Events

03 Oct 2014 11:30 AM • Hotel Andaluz, Downtown Albuquerque - 125 South Second St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102



Jean Gibson, Executive Director
PO Box 94116
Albuquerque, NM 87199-4116
nmdefense@nmdla.org
505.797.6021 Phone
877.245.5021 Fax

Firm Sponsors:  Vendor Sponsors:


Butt Thornton & Baehr, PC

Civerolo, Gralow, Hill &
Curtis, P.A.

Gallagher, Casados & Mann, P.C.

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A.

Guardian Settlements

Keenan & Associates

Robson Forensic



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