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Ms. Santos joined the law firm of O’Brien & Padilla, P.C., in 2005 while obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree and clerked with the firm while in law school. Upon obtaining her Juris Doctorate in 2010, Ms. Santos became an associate at O’Brien & Padilla, P.C., and began practicing in the areas of personal injury defense, insurance bad faith, construction defect, commercial liability, and product liability. Ms. Santos’ litigation practice puts her on the forefront of the legal issues that are shaping the insurance landscape in New Mexico. Ms. Santos also maintains an active trial practice and has successfully defended many cases through trial. Ms. Santos currently serves on the Editorial Board of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and sits on the Executive Board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.

In 2014, Ms. Santos was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. Ms. Santos has also been recognized by The Latino American Who’s Who for her achievements as a Latina in the legal profession. When Ms. Santos is not vigorously advocating for her clients, she gives back to the community by volunteering her time to causes such as the Veterans Civil Justice Clinic.

Bar Admissions

  • State of New Mexico


  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM J.D., Dean’s List
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM B.A. Political Science, Cum Laude


  • Untangling the Web: Differentiating Between Raskob and Hovet Claims to Determine the Proper Scope of Discovery, Defense News, Fall 2013
  • Year-Round Opportunities to Help Those in Need Through Volunteer Legal Services, Defense News, Fall 2013
  • Sunnyland Farms, Inc. v. Central Electric Cooperation, Inc.: The Dark Side of Settlement, Defense News, Winter 2013/2014
Ms. Santos' Awards
  • Young Lawyer of the Year: 2014 (New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association)
  • The Latino American Who's Who: 2014
  •  Super Lawyers: 2018 Southwest Rising Star
Ms. Santos' Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Auto and Commercial Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Construction Defect
  • Products Liability
Ms. Santos' Memberships
  • New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association — Executive Board member, 2013-present.
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association — Editorial Board Member, 2012-present.
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Young Lawyers Division of the New Mexico State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Albuquerque Bar Association