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Trial and Appellate Work

O’Brien & Padilla, P.C., is a law firm of trial attorneys. Our emphasis is civil trial and appellate work. Simply put, we try civil lawsuits. Each lawyer in our firm handles civil litigation and appeals, and participates in a variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques. We have tried cases in almost every judicial district in New Mexico, including in such cities as Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Lovington, Roswell, and Santa Fe. We are committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective legal services, for Plaintiffs and Defendants.

We have substantial courtroom experience and are able to advocate our clients’ positions on a wide variety of substantive legal issues and are at home in courts, agencies and informal settings.

As litigators, we are grounded in evidence and procedure and have become highly experienced in trial tactics and the presentation of evidence. We handle many trial cases and are known for our skill, aggressiveness, hard work and ingenuity.

We cultivate experience in developing effective fact witnesses and experts who can communicate with juries in a variety of courtroom settings. This, in turn, enhances the likelihood that our clients will obtain not only favorable litigation results but also succeed in Alternative Dispute Resolution settings.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the process of resolving legal conflicts without going to trial. Our attorneys represent clients in mediations and arbitrations on an ongoing basis. We have extensive expertise in determining when a form of ADR is in the best interest of clients and meets their needs better than traditional litigation, and we routinely advise our clients on the legal consequences flowing from particular terms and conditions of ADR options.


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  • Albuquerque Location
    6000 Indian School Road N.E.
    Suite 200
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
    Phone: 505-883-8181
    Fax: 505-883-3232
  • Las Cruces Location
    256 W Las Cruces Avenue
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005