PRACTICE HISTORY

Former partner in one of the world’s largest employment law firms.
Over 17,000 hours in over 250 employment disputes.
Over 66% of practice devoted to employment litigation for over 17 years.
Over 60 federal court employment lawsuits in the United State District Court for the District of New Mexico.

AWARDS

Certified Employment and Labor S​pecialist ​by the ​New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization (2005 to 2010 and 2017 to 2021).
Listed in New Mexico’s Top Rated Lawyers for Employment Litigation.
Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Employment and ERISA Litigation.
Listed in Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation.

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE

All Basic Employment/Civil Rights Claims

  • Race discrimination
  • Ethnic discrimination
  • Gender/Sex discrimination
  • Gender-identity discrimination
  • Sexual harassment (sexual assault, quid pro quo, and hostile work environment)
  • Sexual-orientation discrimination and harassment
  • Religious discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Age discrimination
  • Disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Retaliation
  • Employee benefits
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Whistleblower and qui tam
  • Express and implied contract
  • Bad faith breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing
  • Fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation

Employment Trial and Final Merits Advocacy

including lead counsel experience presenting final merits on employment cases before administrative agencies, state courts, and federal trial and appellate courts.

Employee Benefits

including thousands of hours worked in defending 40+ litigations under ERISA, including group life insurance, group health insurance, and group short-term disability (“STD”) and long-term disability (“LTD”)insurance benefits.

Class Discrimination Claims

including lead counsel experience defending one of the world’s ten largest companies against a class discrimination lawsuit by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).

Corporate Defense

including multiple lead counsel roles in other employment litigations for two other of the world’s ten largest companies.

Government Investigations

including lead defense counsel roles representing corporations with government investigators in multiple state and federal workplace investigations.

Teaching Employment Law

including dozens of written and spoken presentations in professional education courses on employment law and in-house trainings for public and private employers.

Federal and State Employment Statutes

Published Writings on Employment and Labor Law