What I Do

I have been practicing law for more than 30 years, working mostly as a criminal defense attorney. I have worked in the state public defenders office and the criminal defense division of New York Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. I was appointed as Chief Public Defender for the State of New Mexico in 1985, and served in that position for 6 years. I resigned in 1991 to return to the courtroom, and have been in private practice ever since.

In 2005, I was chosen by the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to receive the Charles Driscoll Award. From 2009 to 2012, I served as a voting member of the Practitioners Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission representing the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I also serve as the president of the board of New Mexico’s Innocence and Justice Project. I have been a member of the board of this organization since October of 2010.

When you retain me to represent you, I meet with you to discuss your case so I can learn the best way to defend you. I conduct an investigation to find out what evidence and witnesses the government has against you and what evidence and witnesses will help you. As we approach the trial date, you and I will discuss your options and decide which course of action works best in your situation. We will make decisions about the motions that can be filed, and what may happen if the case goes to trial.

I would be happy to discuss your case with you during a free initial consultation, and see how I may be able to help you. Contact me for more information.