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Meredith Baker
Law Office of Meredith Baker LLC

112 Edith Blvd. NE
Albuquerque NM, 87102
Office: 505.697.1900
Fax 505.933.6363

Meredith Baker is an experienced trial lawyer and member of the board of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She works closely with her clients to represent them aggressively and ensure a beneficial resolution. Meredith graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2007. While attending the first tier school, Meredith gained valuable experience clerking at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Baker served as associate counsel to the Inspector General for Amtrak between 2009-2011, where she gained valuable experience as a specially appointed prosecutor in New Mexico, California, Washington D.C. and New York. From 2011-2012, Ms. Baker served as the Securities Attorney for the State of New Mexico, Regulation and Licensing Department. In 2012, Meredith entered private practice, concentrating in family law, children’s law and felony sex assault cases.

Brock Benjamin
Benjamin Law Firm

1600 Kansas,
El Paso, TX 79901
Office: 915.201.1826

Brock Benjamin is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Speciliazation. That means he is one of very few attorneys who  can say “I specialize in criminal law.” His practice is primarily federal criminal law and appeals. The Benjamin Law Firm has two attorneys that can assist in State and Federal matters, and takes pride in their work and strive for the best result for their clients. Brock grew up in the small southern Arizona border city of Douglas, Arizona and joined the U.S. Army and served as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington and then with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After the military, he went to law school and started out doing plaintiff’s legal malpractice, suing other attorneys/lawyers who had committed some form of fraud or breached a fiduciary duty to their clients. While with that firm, he second chaired two million dollar plus cases, one of which took over 5 weeks to try.

Thomas Matthew Clark
Clark, Jones & Pennington, LLC

432 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 820-1825 Office
(505) 986-0475 Fax

Thomas Matthew Clark graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1989, with a B.A. in Political Science.  Tom attended the University of Arkansas School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 1993. He opened his law practice in Santa Fe in 1995 and is a partner with the law firm of Clark, Jones & Pennington, LLC.  His practice consists primarily of criminal defense. In addition, Tom represents people who have been injured or killed in all types of accidents, as well as those who are victims of civil rights violations. Tom has worked as an attorney for over 24 years. His peers have recognized his legal excellence with a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV, the highest possible rating for a lawyer to achieve.  He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Arkansas, as well as the United States District Court.  He is also a member of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oliver Seth American Inn of Court.

Parrish Collins
Collins & Collins, P.C.

407 7th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-242-5958
F: 505-242-5968

 Albuquerque attorney Parrish Collins has been practicing law since 1989 following graduation from Duke University School of Law. Parrish focuses primarily on cases involving medical malpractice.  Although he is a long-time member of the NMCDLA, he has not practiced criminal law in years.  However, he is committed to the mission of the NMCDLA.  In that spirit, his hobby, passion and avocation is suing prisons and private prison medical providers for medical malpractice.  Parrish is passionate about the rights of prisoners to adequate medical care.  He is also committed to criminal justice reform including the end of the private prison industrial complex which has led to mass incarceration and with it all manners of atrocities including medical malpractice on an industrial sized scale.

Matthew Coyte
Coyte Law, P.C.

201 3rd Street NW, Suite 1920
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-244-3030
F: 505-242-4339

Matthew Coyte was born in the United Kingdom and received a bachelor’s degree in GeoPhysics from the University of Bath. In the early 1990s Matt moved to New Mexico where he obtained his J.D. from UNM. Since graduation Matt has practiced almost exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights law. In 2013 Matt was recognized nationally as Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2014 the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime invited Matt to be part of an expert panel on tackling corruption in prisons and jails throughout the world. The meeting was held in Vienna, Austria and a handbook on anti-corruption measures is in the process of being developed as a result. Matt was the previous President of the Board of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

B.J. Crow
Crow Law Firm

Roswell: 400 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 1150
Roswell, NM 88201
Albuquerque: 201 12th Street N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 888-319-7115
T: 575-291-0200

B.J. Crow practices extensively in state and federal courts throughout New Mexico and Texas in both criminal and civil matters. He completed his law school clinical work in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. Prior to returning to New Mexico to practice law, he worked in Washington, D.C. on a corporate multi-million-dollar anti-trust litigation against the Federal Trade Commission. Since returning to New Mexico, Mr. Crow has overseen trial proceedings in a multitude of criminal and civil cases. He has obtained settlements or verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars for his clients. In his private office, he has devoted 100% of his practice to litigation. Mr. Crow also handles criminal law matters in New Mexico and Texas.

Christopher A. Dodd
Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A.

20 First Plaza, Suite 700
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-842-9960

Christopher A. Dodd is a criminal defense attorney in Albuquerque, N.M.  He is skilled at representing clients in complex criminal matters involving digital evidence.  He has presented dozens of lectures and training seminars throughout the county on issues relating to criminal defense, pretrial litigation, digital evidence, and the defense of computer sex crimes.  He believes that all individuals accused of a crime deserve the highest level of representation and is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Theresa Duncan
Duncan Earnest LLC

515 Granite NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-842-5196

Teri began her legal practice as an appellate attorney, first clerking for Judge Lynn Pickard of the New Mexico Court of Appeals and then working for the Public Defender Department’s Appellate Division. She was lured into trial practice by her friend and mentor, Barbara Bergman, who recruited Teri to join the defense team for State of Oklahoma v. Terry Lynn Nichols in 2003.  After spending the longest year-and-a-half of her life in Oklahoma, Teri returned to New Mexico and joined the law firm of Freedman, Boyd, Hollander et al. In 2012, Teri left FBH to start a new practice with her partner (and fellow Public Defender alum), Mark Earnest. Teri practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights, both at trial and on appeal.  With Professor Bergman, she is co-author of Wharton’s Criminal Evidence (15th edition) and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure (14th edition). Teri is co-chair of NMCDLA’s amicus and CLE committees, and is a frequent presenter at NMCDLA continuing education programs. Teri is a member of the NMCDLA Board of Directors.

Deirdre Ewing

District Defender-Fifth Judicial District
Law Offices of the Public Defender
500 N. Main St., Ste. 105
Roswell, NM 88201
575-887-0224 x10409 (Carlsbad)
575-208-1655 x10704 (Roswell)

Deirdre Ewing has been an attorney with the Law Offices of the Public Defender since 2013 and has been the district defender in Roswell and Carlsbad since 2017.  She has presented to the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Women in Criminal Justice Task Force and has taught CLEs for LOPD and NMCDLA on subjects from appealing 5-409 detention orders, working with LGBTQI clients, and the importance of self-care for criminal defense professionals.  She has also provided Constitution Day presentations to schools in Carlsbad and Albuquerque over the past few years.  Ms. Ewing is proud to serve as a member of NMCDLA’s board of directors.

Jack Fortner
Fortner Law Office

2021 E. 20th St.
Farmington, NM 87401
T: 505-326-1817
F: 505-326-1905

Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A.

20 First Plaza, Suite 700
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-842-9960

The lawyers of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. share a belief in the law as a means to protect individuals, improve their lives and to resolve disputes justly. The power of the law is harnessed through zealous, skilled and careful advocacy and this is what we provide to our clients in civil litigation and criminal defense. We are known for our willingness to take on the powerful on behalf of the weak and to defend individuals and businesses from government overreaching. We are a civil litigation and criminal defense firm practicing in federal, military and state trial and appellate courts throughout New Mexico, the United States and internationally, from municipal courts to the Supreme Court of the United States and foreign courts and tribunals. We also have a strong emphasis on providing criminal defense and have successfully defended individuals and organizations in the US and internationally. Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. lawyers were successful in obtaining Presidential clemency for their client, Chelsea Manning, which reduced her sentence from 35 years to 7 years and resulted in her release and continue to represent Ms. Manning in the underlying appeal of her conviction in the military courts. Additionally, Christopher Dodd serves on our board, and Shammara Henderson is a teacher for our NMCDLA seminars.

Michael T. Garrett
Garrett Law Firm

920 North Main Street
Clovis, NM 88101
T: 575-762-4545
F: 575-762-7663

Michael Garrett is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on general litigation and appeals arising from wrongful death, medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, farm and ranch disputes, estate disputes, business conflicts and oil and gas operations. After completing a graduate LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School and having acquired membership in both the New Mexico and Texas bar associations, he established the Garrett Law Firm in Clovis, NM practicing primarily in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. With his clients’ best interests at the forefront, Michael has taken cases to jury verdict and mediated settlement consistently with mostly positive results in both federal and state courts. Over 30 years of trial experience has gained Michael peer recognition as a premier trial lawyer, receiving an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel and a listing in the Martindale-Hubbel Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, NM Bar Association, and Texas Bar Association.

E. Michael Gomez, Esq.
Gomez Law Offices

P.O. Box 2931
Roswell, NM 88202
T: 575-623-9448
F: 575-625-9749

After completing his undergraduate studies from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management in the spring of 2001 Michael then worked for and with the Honorable Richard J. Knowles of the 2nd Judicial District Court – Bernalillo County. In doing so Michael’s desire to become a “courtroom” lawyer was reaffirmed as he then went on to graduate from UNM’s School of Law in 2006. Upon completion of his law school studies Michael then clerked for the 5th Judicial District Court Judges: Charles C. Currier, Ralph D. Shamas, Freddie J. Romero and Steven L. Bell before accepting a job with the 5th Judicial District’s Office of the Public Defender. Since October of 2007 Michael has worked with his father E.C. “Mike” Gomez, Esq. He has and continues to fight for citizens handling litigated matters addressing medical malpractice, auto injury claims, insurance disputes, 1st degree murder, federal and state criminal defense and contested business disputes. Michael is licensed in both Federal and State courts of New Mexico.  

Jeff Lahann
Lahann Law Firm

665 E. University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
T: 575-523-4394
F: 1-888-694-7241

I’ve tried over 300 felony cases as a prosecutor and a defense attorney; I love being a trial lawyer and it shows in court. I’ve represented hundreds of your friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues here in Las Cruces. Everyone from high school and college students, to college professors and retirees. Yes, I’ve even defended those who know the criminal justice system the best: police officers, prosecutors, and judges. I fight for good people whose freedom and reputation are on the line. I’ve been practicing criminal law since 1991; starting as a prosecutor in Socorro and Truth or Consequences, then as a Deputy District Attorney for 9 years here in Las Cruces. I started The Lahann Law Firm in 2007 with the mission of providing the best possible defense for people accused of a serious crime in New Mexico.   

Marc Lowry
Rothstein Donatelli LLP

500 4th Street NW, Suite 400
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-243-1443

Marc graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1999 and clerked for Chief Judge Richard C. Bosson of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, New Mexico and then Chief Judge James A. Parker of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.  Marc joined Rothstein Donatelli LLP in the fall of 2003 where he specialized in criminal defense.  An essential focus within his criminal defense practice is overcoming irrational prosecutions by obtaining and presenting exculpatory evidence to grand juries, using the same to secure post-conviction relief, and expunging criminal records for those improperly arrested. Marc is currently serving as Secretary on the NMCDLA Board of Directors.

Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C.

1801 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87104
T: 505-633-8770 

Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., is a personal injury law firm that has championed those who have fallen victim to reckless conduct, negligent acts of others, and violations of civil rights. Through a combination of hard work, skill, integrity and tenacity we work within the civil justice system to help restore independence and dignity to our clients’ lives.

Jean McCray

Formerly: Investigator, Boston Human Rights Commission; Public Defender, Philadelphia, PA; Public Defender, Criminal Defense Attorney, Albuquerque, New Mexico; LGBTQ activist, Austin, Boston

Presently: Bon Vivant, Musician, Fellow Traveler

Jack Mkhitarian
New Mexico Criminal Law Offices

1008 5th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T. 505-375-4765

Jack Mkhitarian graduated from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management and studied law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is licensed in New Mexico and established a practice in Albuquerque in 2009 to practice exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He is a member of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, and an active member of the United States District Court’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel of Attorneys. Jack Mkhitarian has extensive experience in the New Mexico State Courts and has handled over 1000 cases in New Mexico District Courts, Metropolitan Court, and Magistrate and Municipal Court. He practices State-wide and has appeared in nearly every courthouse in New Mexico.

Richard Pugh
Richard Pugh Law Firm

518 Slate St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-766-9667

Richard Pugh is currently serving as President of the NMCDLA Board of Directors.

Luke Ragsdale
Ragsdale Law Firm

600 North Pennsylvania Ave
Roswell, NM 88201
T: 575-208-5300

Luke was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. After graduating from Goddard High School, he attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. At McMurry, Luke played football for the Indians, participated in Model United Nations, was active in the Servant Leadership program, and received a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Luke then moved north to Lubbock, Texas where he attended Texas Tech School of Law. While going to law school, he worked at Lubbock Legal Aid, representing impoverished women in domestic violence cases. After graduating from Texas Tech School of Law, Luke joined the Sanders, Bruin, Coll, and Worley law firm where he worked as an associate from 2005 until 2008. From 2009 until 2015, Luke was a main partner at Jones Witt and Ragsdale Law Firm. In the summer of 2015 Luke formed Ragsdale Law firm in Roswell, NM. The Firm focuses primarily on Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Family Law.

Ousama Rasheed
Rasheed & Associates, PC

1024 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
T: 505-847-5205

Ousama M. Rasheed received his Juris Doctorate in 1990 from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication at the University of New Mexico. Mr. Rasheed is Past-President of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has served on its board of directors for over a decade. He was appointed by former Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Senate to serve on the New Mexico Department of Transportation Senate Memorial Task Force on Ignition Interlocks. In 2005, Mr. Rasheed was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a Cooperating Attorney of the Year for his work in challenging the City of Albuquerque’s attempt to seize and forfeit the vehicles of first-time DWI offenders.

Margaret Strickland
McGraw & Strickland LLC

165 West Lucero Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
T: 575-523-4321
F: 575-523-4321

Margaret Strickland is a skilled criminal defense attorney who believes in the rights of the accused, and uses her knowledge of the law to defend them. After graduating from New York University School of Law, she began working as a criminal defense attorney.  She has represented the accused in more than 70 criminal jury trials, and in high profile cases. Margaret also represents individuals who have been injured as a result of another’s wrongdoing. Margaret is also the current President of the Board of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.