Congratulations to the 2018 NMDLA Lawyer of the Year Award Winners!

The awards were presented on September 28, 2018 in Downtown Albuquerque at the Hotel Andaluz.  To view photos of our 2018 Annual meeting click here.


Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer 


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S, Carolyn Ramos, Esq.
Butt Thornton & Baehr PC

S. Carolyn Ramos is a shareholder and director with the law firm of Butt Thornton & Baehr PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where her litigation and trial practice focuses on the defense of transportation, product liability, sports venue and other catastrophic personal injury cases. She was born and raised in New York City and earned her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, where she subsequently sat as a trustee and fellow for five years. Carolyn earned her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to law school, Carolyn was a Teach for America Corps Member in Washington, D.C. She is a past-president and board member of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Chair of the Women's Initiative Practice Group of ALFA International and actively involved in ALFA International's Transportation Practice Group. Carolyn is bilingual, AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been included in Best Lawyers in America and named a Southwest Super Lawyer. She is also a passionate Yankee fan and proud baseball Mom! 


Young Lawyer of the Year  




David Gonzales, Esq.
Riley, Shane & Keller, P.A.

David Gonzales is a shareholder at Riley, Shane & Keller, P.A.  He has represented local, national, and multinational clients in a variety of complex lawsuits and disputes including in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, employment discrimination, breach of contract, securities litigation, property actions, personal and catastrophic injury, and professional liability.  David has successfully defended lawsuits in state and federal courts, in various arbitration forums, and has also worked internationally as part of large corporate litigation, including in Macau, China on behalf of a multinational hotel and casino.  David is currently the DRI State Membership Chair for New Mexico and is a former member of the NMDLA Board of Directors.  During his tenure on the NMDLA Board, he helped establish the NMDLA Student Chapter at UNM Law School.  He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and chairs the Foundation's Quality of Life Committee.

Read the complete list of past awards recipients.