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ALFA International Friday Feature – Monica R. Garcia

ALFA International – The Global Legal Network
September 24 at 9:22 AM ·
ALFA International (ALFAI) is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Hispanic/Latinx attorneys who are making an impact across our network. Today’s #FridayFeature is Monica Garcia, vice president and shareholder with ALFAI member firm Butt Thornton & Baehr PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is an ALFAI contact partner and currently serves on the steering committee of the Product Liability & Complex Torts and Women’s Initiative Practice Groups. We hope you enjoy Monica’s feature!

What does National Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
I appreciate the opportunity it brings to highlight and recognize Hispanic heritage, history and culture. And not just for the focus on Hispanic heritage, but also for the education and exposure to these aspects. I believe it is important we take advantage of the ability to expand our knowledge of the Hispanic culture, whether it be in attending a lecture, sharing stories about our Hispanic experience, or participating in an event that highlights the culture. Personally, it causes me to reflect on my own family and the experiences my ancestors and family members have had in their journey to, and in, the United States. Most importantly, it reminds me of the need to not just celebrate, but to maintain, the Hispanic culture.
Tell us about someone who inspires you, whether it be a family member or a well-known public figure.
My Grandmother and Mother have always inspired me. My Grandmother, who just recently passed at the age of 99, was a tough, hard-working woman. She was committed to her family and religion while maintaining her own identity without any apologies. She was a force to be reckoned with, especially in the kitchen; she called the shots there. My Mother’s calm but firm guidance has always been an inspiration to me and something I strive to use in my own life, personally and professionally.
What is your favorite ALFA International memory?
There is no way I can identify a favorite ALFA International memory because I have too many wonderful memories of my experiences at ALFAI events. Not just in attending memorable presentations, but also in connecting with fellow ALFAI attorneys and clients at the events; whether it has been over a meal, watching a game at a ballpark or hanging out by a pool.
What was your first concert or best concert you’ve ever attended?
The best concert I have ever attended was the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger did not disappoint.
To learn more about Monica’s practice, click here: bit.ly/3i6Kd1o

Jim Johansen – NMDLA’s 2021 Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year

Awards Ceremony

NMDLA will hold an awards ceremony at the Annual Luncheon to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Defense Lawyer of the Year and the Young Lawyer of 2021.

Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year

James H. Johansen
Butt Thornton & Baehr PC

James H. Johansen is a shareholder with Butt Thornton & Baehr PC and former DRI New Mexico State Representative and past President of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.  Jim was a member of the Board of Directors of the NMDLA from 1994 to 2010. He also served as President of the firm from 2002 through 2006 and was selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2019 and rated AV®Preeminent™, the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell®,   Jim frequently lectures on insurance coverage issues.

 

Charles Kraft and Holly Armstrong Named as Shareholders

Congratulations to Charles B. Kraft and Holly E. Armstrong on their election as shareholders of Butt Thornton & Baehr PC!

Mr. Kraft is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and graduated from University of New Mexico Law School in 2013. Mr. Kraft represents clients in the areas of Medical Negligence, Medical Liability, Trucking and Transportation, Professional Liability and General Litigation.

Ms. Armstrong is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in 2005. Ms. Armstrong represents clients in the areas of Catastrophic Personal Injury Defense, Medical Negligence, Medical Liability, Professional Liability and General Litigation.

Our Commitment to Equality and Social Justice

Recent events in the United States have highlighted the fact change is necessary to address and bring an end to the injustices that exist in our society.  The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, reflect the systemic racial bias and injustice that continue to plague our communities and our country.  These incidents, as well as numerous others, have caused pain, grief, anger, and anxiety for many; many of whom live and work among and with us.

While Butt Thornton & Baehr PC has always embraced diversity, equity and inclusion, it is not enough. BTB must live and promote these important goals in our larger community.  Racism, intolerance and hate have no place in our society, yet are still all too prevalent today.  As a firm, BTB recognizes the value diversity and inclusion bring to our business and community and believes all of us are better as a team when there is a commitment to principles of inclusion, equality, and justice.

As members of the legal community, we are in a unique position to promote equality and social justice. BTB has a heightened responsibility to ensure a more diverse, inclusive and safe community, both in the firm and outside the firm. BTB is committed to using the talents and skills of its team to seek needed change in our society. This includes working collectively and collaboratively to be better and ensuring we pursue ways to make an immediate difference. To do so, each of us must talk to each other, listen to each other, and support each other when it comes to these important issues. As a firm comprised of unique and valuable individuals, we will continue to examine how we can use our collective talents to assist in reaching these goals, seek needed change, and become part of the solution.

BTB remains optimistic that, together, we can create a more just and inclusive society.

Congratulations to the Butt Thornton & Baehr PC 2021 Best Lawyers in America Recipients

Congratulations to Al Green, Jr., Neil Blake, Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla, Monica Garcia, Michael Clemens, James Johansen, Jane Laflin, and Sherrill Filter who have been recognized in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Best Lawyers is a peer-reviewed publication which uses confidential peer-review surveys to recognize outstanding attorneys. Butt Thornton & Baehr attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:

Al Green, since 2017, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Neil R. Blake, since 2017,  Medical Malpractice Litigation-Defendants

Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla, since 2018, Employment Law-Management (business law and employment/labor law)

Monica Garcia, since 2018, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Michael Clemens, since 2016, Insurance Law and Litigation-Insurance

James Johansen, since 2017, Insurance Law and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

Jane Laflin, since 2019, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

Sherrill Filter, since 2019, Corporate Law

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL BUSINESS OUTLOOK 2020 TOP CEOS

August 24, 2020;  Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook names the top CEOs in New Mexico for 2020.  The top CEO for legal services is Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If leadership is best learned under pressure, 2020 has been a master course unto itself.

Honorees of the Journal’s 2020 Top CEOs, like community leaders in every sector, have had to adjust on the fly not once this year, but again and again. They’ve had to find new ways to relate to and communicate with their employees, their clients, their suppliers, their neighbors. They’ve faced an economy in turmoil, and managed staff who have been preoccupied with the same worries so many of us have been experiencing in recent months: What if my elderly parent gets sick? What if I get laid off? How am I supposed to do my job and be a homeschooling parent at the same time? Who are these geniuses who keep buying up all the toilet paper?

Honorees who spoke to writer Glen Rosales for this edition shared that flexibility has been absolutely essential in leading through crisis, as has accepting that the pre-COVID way of doing business is over, at least for now.

Meanwhile, recipients of this year’s major awards – for Excellence, Leadership, Progress and Mentorship – described doubling down on what set their organizations apart. That includes investing in care for their clients (or patients), in their up-and-coming team members, and in their quality of product.

Honorees from this year’s program were nominated over a several-week period, and lead businesses in the healthcare, food service, nonprofit, public relations, business services, construction, hair and beauty, health and wellness, legal, real estate and STEM industries.

All have plenty of challenges left to face for the rest of this year, and in the years to come. So for now, press pause on all the pandemic-related strife and take a moment to join the Journal in congratulating this year’s Top CEOs – and the staff members they lead.

AMY HEADRICK NAMED SHAREHOLDER OF BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PC

Congratulations to Amy E. Headrick on her election as shareholder of Butt Thornton & Baehr PC!

Ms. Headrick is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998. Ms. Headrick represents clients in the areas of complex civil litigation, product liability, and insurance coverage and bad faith.

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEPHANIE SCHNEIDER FOR PASSING THE NEW MEXICO BAR EXAM!

Congratulations to Stephanie Schneider for passing the New Mexico Bar Exam! Stephanie previously served as a law clerk for Butt Thornton & Baehr and will officially join BTB as an associate attorney after being sworn into the New Mexico bar in September 2019. Congrats, Stephanie!

Our Commitment to Equality and Social Justice

Recent events in the United States have highlighted the fact change is necessary to address and bring an end to the injustices that exist in our society.  The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, reflect the systemic racial bias and injustice that continue to plague our communities and our country.  These incidents, as well as numerous others, have caused pain, grief, anger, and anxiety for many; many of whom live and work among and with us.

While Butt Thornton & Baehr PC has always embraced diversity, equity and inclusion, it is not enough. BTB must live and promote these important goals in our larger community.  Racism, intolerance and hate have no place in our society, yet are still all too prevalent today.  As a firm, BTB recognizes the value diversity and inclusion bring to our business and community and believes all of us are better as a team when there is a commitment to principles of inclusion, equality, and justice.

As members of the legal community, we are in a unique position to promote equality and social justice. BTB has a heightened responsibility to ensure a more diverse, inclusive and safe community, both in the firm and outside the firm. BTB is committed to using the talents and skills of its team to seek needed change in our society. This includes working collectively and collaboratively to be better and ensuring we pursue ways to make an immediate difference. To do so, each of us must talk to each other, listen to each other, and support each other when it comes to these important issues. As a firm comprised of unique and valuable individuals, we will continue to examine how we can use our collective talents to assist in reaching these goals, seek needed change, and become part of the solution.

BTB remains optimistic that, together, we can create a more just and inclusive society.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY JESSICA L. NIXON

Jessica attended the University of New Mexico and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. Upon graduation, Jessica moved to Pennsylvania to attend the Dickinson School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2014. Jessica then returned to the Land of Enchantment where she served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque. In her role as an Assistant City Attorney, Jessica defended civil matters in both state and federal court. Jessica looks forward to continuing and growing her government , civil rights, and complex civil litigation practices.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR WELCOMES SUMMER LAW CLERKS CATHERINE GONZALEZ, STEPHANIE SCHNEIDER, AND JOEL LOBO

Butt Thornton & Baehr is proud to announce that Catherine Gonzalez (2L), Stephanie Schneider (2L), and Joel Lobo (1L), all three being students at the University of New Mexico School of Law, have joined the firm for the summer as Law Clerks.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PARTICIPATES IN SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PRO BONO CLINIC

On June 6, 2018, Butt Thornton and Baehr participated in the annual Second Judicial District Pro Bono Legal Clinic. The Clinic, organized by New Mexico Legal Aid, is held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Second Judicial District Courthouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thanks to the assistance of eight attorneys, one paralegal, and three law clerks from Butt Thornton and Baehr, more than twenty-five individuals received assistance at the June Clinic.

Many thanks to Rod Schlagel, Sherrill Filter, Neysa Lujan, Ryan Sanders, Marc Shuter, Arslan Umarov, Charles Kraft, Allison Beaulieu, Debra Weber, Catherine Gonzalez, Stephanie Schneider, and Joel Lobo for volunteering their time and expertise for this important event. Special thanks to Debra Weber, Butt Thornton and Baehr paralegal, for assisting with the screening of clients and performing conflict checks.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR SUPER LAWYERS

Each year Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection includes third-party validation of the lawyers’ professional accomplishments.

Butt Thornton & Baehr 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers include:

Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla: Employment & Labor

James H. Johansen: Insurance Coverage

W. Ann Maggiore: Medical Malpractice Defense

S. Carolyn Ramos: Transportation

Raul P. Sedillo: Transportation

Butt Thornton & Baehr 2018 Southwest Rising Stars include:

Felicia C. Boyd: General Litigation

Scott Stromberg: Medical Malpractice Defense

Neysa E. Lujan: Workers’ Compensation

Ryan T. Sanders: Civil Litigation Defense

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR ELECTS A NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Butt Thornton & Baehr PC is proud to announce its election of new directors: Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla has been elected President, Monica R. Garcia has been elected Vice President, M. Scott Owen has been elected Treasurer, and Paul R. Bishop has been elected Secretary. We also wish to thank Neil R. Blake for his exceptional service as President of our firm for the last several years.

Ms. Padilla is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law in 1992. Prior to her election as President, Ms. Padilla served as Butt Thornton & Baehr’s Vice President. Ms. Padilla is a certified employment law specialist, has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer every year since 2007, and practices in the areas of employment litigation, governmental and civil rights litigation, and complex civil litigation.

Ms. Garcia is an alumnus of Loyola Marymount University and graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996. Prior to her election as Vice President, Ms. Garcia served as Butt Thornton & Baehr’s Treasurer. Ms. Garcia has been rated AV®Preeminent™, the highest possible rating, by Martindale-Hubbell® since 2012, has been repeatedly selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer, and was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Garcia practices in the areas of trucking and transportation, professional liability, products liability, consumer law, and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Owen is an alumnus of Michigan State University and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2006. Prior to his election as Treasurer, Mr. Owen served as Butt Thornton & Baehr’s Secretary. Mr. Owen has been repeatedly selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star and practices in the areas of worker’s compensation and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Bishop is an alumnus of Purdue University and graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law in 2005. Mr. Bishop practices in the areas of sports and recreation, trucking and transportation, professional liability, medical liability, and complex civil litigation.

NORM AND JANE GAGNE, FEATURED IN THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, SHARE THEIR AFFINITY FOR TRAIL RUNNING

Not the least of his accomplishments, Norm Gagne has competed in the La Luz Trail Run for twenty-one straight years. The La Luz Trail Run, deemed one of the “12 Most Grueling Races in North America” in 2001, features a 9-mile course with over 4,000 vertical feet of climb, finishing at an altitude of 10,678 feet. Most impressively, Norm and Jane Gagne not only run the race annually, but also run with their son, making the race a family tradition of sorts.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PARTICIPATES IN MAKING STRIDES OF ALBUQUERQUE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

On October 28, 2017, Butt Thornton & Baehr attorneys, staff, friends, and family participated in Making Strides of Albuquerque, an annual five mile fundraising walk and celebration which supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a division of the American Cancer Society. Participants celebrated the strides made in the fight against breast cancer, expressed a shared determination to continue that fight, and raised a significant amount of money among the teams of participants. We look forward to joining in and contributing to next year’s event!

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYS FELECIA CANTWELL, SARAH SHORE, AND MICHELLE TIMM

Felecia Cantwell attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2017. Prior to joining Butt Thornton & Baehr, Felecia was a college professor and served as a department chair at the New Mexico State University, Carlsbad campus. While attending law school, Michelle worked for Butt Thornton & Baehr PC as a law clerk. Felecia looks forward to the practice of law and holds interests in the areas of insurance bad faith, professional liability, and construction law.

Sarah Shore attended the New York University School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2009. Sarah began her legal career serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Kirsch of the Superior Court of Union County, New Jersey, and then for the Honorable Stanley R. Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Sarah most recently was a litigator for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and served as a Director of the Board of Restore NYC, a nonprofit organization. Sarah looks forward to focusing her practice in the areas of environmental and toxic torts, complex civil litigation, and appeals.

Michelle Timm attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2017. Prior to joining Butt Thornton & Baehr PC, Michelle gained valuable experience as a legal assistant working in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation, and domestic relations. While attending law school, Michelle worked for Butt Thornton & Baehr PC as a law clerk. Michelle looks forward to the practice of law and holds interests in the areas of employment law, domestic relations, and complex civil litigation.

W. ANN MAGGIORE PUBLISHES ARTICLE WHICH EXAMINES THE USE OF FORCE ON PERSONS EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY

W. Ann Maggiore’s article, “Use of Force on Persons in Medical Emergencies,” examines the growing issue concerning the legal bounds of subduing a violent person by the use of force when that violent person may be mentally ill or cognitively impaired. In her article, Ms. Maggiore discusses the recent case of Estate of Corey Hill v. Miracle and its potential application to those employed in the Emergency Medical Services field.

Ms. Maggiore is a shareholder at Butt Thornton & Baehr and practices in the fields of medical malpractice defense, professional liability defense, heath care law, and civil rights defense.

“Use of Force on Persons in Medical Emergencies” can be accessed by clicking this link.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR “BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA” SELECTIONS!

Congratulations to Al Green, Neil R. Blake, S. Carolyn Ramos, Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla, Monica Garcia, Michael Clemens, and James Johansen who have been recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Best Lawyers is a peer-reviewed publication which uses confidential peer-review surveys to recognize outstanding attorneys.

Butt Thornton & Baehr attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:

Al Green, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Neil R. Blake, Medical Malpractice Litigation-Defendants

S. Carolyn Ramos, Transportation Law and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla, Employment Law-Management

Monica Garcia, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Michael Clemens, Insurance Law and Litigation-Insurance

James Johansen, Insurance Law and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR CELEBRATES FOURTEENTH ANNUAL LAW CLERK LUNCH

Butt Thornton and Baehr expresses its thanks to its 2017 summer law clerks, Sean Dolan (2L), Diane Torres (2L), and Sunderjeet Kaur (1L) for hosting the fourteenth annual BTB Law Clerk Lunch.  This year’s lunch brought Persian delicacies to the BTB plaza. Not only was the home-cooked and hand-prepared food wonderful, but the decor was amazing and the lunch featured Henna tattoo artists.

Thank you to our terrific 2017 Summer Law Clerks and office manager, Gale Johnson, for continuing this great tradition at Butt Thornton and Baehr!

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PARTICIPATES IN SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PRO BONO CLINIC

On June 7, 2017, Butt Thornton and Baehr participated in the annual Second Judicial District Pro Bono Legal Clinic. The Clinic, organized by New Mexico Legal Aid, is held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Second Judicial District Courthouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thanks to the assistance of eight attorneys and one paralegal from Butt Thornton and Baehr, more than twenty individuals received assistance at the June Clinic.

Many thanks to Jane Laflin, Al Green, Sherrill Filter, Rod Schlagel, Scott Stromberg, Felicia Boyd, Ryan Sanders, Marc Shuter, and Arslan Umarov for volunteering their time and expertise for this important event!  Special thanks to Jennifer Jung, Butt Thornton and Baehr paralegal, for assisting with the screening of clients and conflict checks!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR SUPER LAWYERS

Each year Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection includes third-party validation of the lawyers’ professional accomplishments.

Butt Thornton & Baehr 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers include:

S. Carolyn Ramos: Personal Injury – General; Personal Injury – Products

W. Ann Maggiore: Medical Malpractice Defense, Civil Rights

Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla: Employment & Labor Litigation

Al Greeen: Environmental; Personal Injury – General; Professional Liability; Personal Injury – Products

Butt Thornton & Baehr 2017 Southwest Rising Stars include:

Felicia C. Boyd: General Litigation

Neysa E. Lujan: Workers’ Compensation

Ryan T. Sanders: Civil Litigation Defense

Scott Stromberg: Medical Malpractice Defense

IT IS WITH DEEP SADNESS THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF OUR PARTNER AND FRIEND, DAVID N. WHITHAM

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our partner and friend, David N. Whitham, who passed on March 20, 2017. David always strove to be his very best, to live life to the fullest and to appreciate those around him. We mourn his untimely death, but we celebrate the way he lived his life.  A celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 5:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE.

David is survived by his beloved wife of thirty years, Libby Dolan, and his loving son, Teo Martin Whitham, and his dogs, Bentley and Oliver.

In 1962 David came west with his family from his birthplace in Rutland, Vermont, via Boston, to Albuquerque. David graduated from Highland High School, the University of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico School of Law. He practiced law here for thirty five years with humor and integrity. He felt very fortunate to have found a professional home with Butt Thornton & Baehr, where he served as a managing partner, friend to many and was known as “father Dave” to all. David loved his land and the home he and Libby built and where they raised their beloved son, Teo. There he cultivated his gardens, fed thousands of birds and gazed into the universe from his observatory. He loved taking Libby & Teo boating on Navajo Lake, skiing in Colorado, camping on Mount Taylor & riding his motorcycle throughout the Southwest. Being a diehard Red Sox fan, David cherished spending time with Libby’s family at Fenway Park & the beaches of Cape Cod. Although David’s many interests gave him great pleasure, nothing gave him more pleasure than spending time with his son, Teo. David was known for his kindness, his humor & his intelligence, but above all for his love of family and friends.

David is also survived by his sister, Nancy Whitham; stepmother, Wanda Whitham; stepbrother, David Hubbard (Marybeth); stepsister, Judy Ontiveros (Manny); his sisters-in-law, Mary McNamera, Anne Lofredo (Joseph), Linda Dolan, and Dorothy Currier; his mother-in-law Janice Dolan and his loving nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by his father, Robert Whitham, and mother, Ann Newell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albuquerque Astronomical Society (www.taas.org); the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research (www.lustgarten.org) or the charity of your choice .

A MESSAGE FROM NM WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR DARIN A. CHILDERS RE: DAVID N. WHITHAM

A message from NM Workers’ Compensation Administration Director Darin A. Childers:

It was with sad hearts that those of us at the WCA learned of the passing of David Whitham earlier this week. David was an attorney at the law firm of Butt, Thornton and Baehr and a longtime practitioner before the WCA. David was respected and very well-liked by his peers. His experience and professionalism warranted his appointment as a judge pro tem on various occasions over the years. We know he will be greatly missed and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Darin A. Childers, Director

NM Workers’ Compensation Administration

CARLOS G. MARTINEZ IS AWARDED THE 2017 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

Carlos G. Martinez has been selected by the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Association for the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Association Outstanding Service Award. Practicing law since 1972, Mr. Martinez’s knowledge, experience, and passion for representing employers in Workers’ Compensation matters is uniquely unmatched.

Mr. Martinez’s practice is devoted to Workers’ Compensation matters, wherein he has repeatedly been listed as a Southwest Super Lawyer and has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for ten consecutive years. Mr. Martinez is also active in his community, supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.

JAMES H. JOHANSEN PRESENTS AT THE NEW MEXICO STATE BAR CENTER

On February 2, Mr. Johansen presented “Ethical Problems Faced By Insurance Defense Lawyers” to a large group of attorneys whose regular practice involves insurance defense. Mr. Johansen’s presentation entailed a lively discussion of current ethical issues and offered participants to critically think and respond to ethical questions presented during the discussion. Many of Mr. Johansen’s ethical topics and questions were based on situations he has experienced during his thirty years in practice.

Mr. Johansen is a shareholder at Butt Thornton & Baehr, PC, and regularly practices in the areas of general liability, complex litigation, construction law, professional liability, and insurance coverage matters.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PC WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEYS KATHARINE F. GRIFFING AND JOSHUA D. SCHWARTZ

Butt Thornton and Baehr welcomes two new associates, Katharine F. Griffing and Joshua D. Schwartz.

Katharine Griffing attending the University of Texas and University of Texas School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 2001. Prior to joining Butt Thornton & Baehr PC, Ms. Griffing resided in New York City where she worked at two international law firms and focused on complex civil litigation. Ms. Griffing is a career litigator and looks forward to expanding that practice at Butt Thornton & Baehr PC.

Joshua Schwartz attended Harvard University and the University of New Mexico School of Law where he obtained his juris doctorate in 2013. Prior to joining Butt Thornton & Baehr PC, Mr. Schwartz served as a judicial law clerk at the New Mexico Court of Appeals and later worked as an executive director of a non-profit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Schwartz looks forward to focusing his practice of law in the areas of complex civil litigation and appeals.

NEYSA E. LUJAN AND RYAN T. SANDERS NAMED SHAREHOLDERS OF BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PC

Congratulations to Neysa E. Lujan and Ryan T. Sanders who were elected as shareholders of Butt Thornton & Baehr PC!

Ms. Lujan is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2010. She has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and focuses her practice of law primarily on the defense of employers in workers compensation matters.

Mr. Sanders is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2008. He has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Mr. Sanders represents clients in the areas of trucking and transportation, construction law, professional liability, and complex civil litigation.

BUTT THORNTON & BAEHR, PC PARTICIPATES IN MAKING STRIDES OF ALBUQUERQUE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

On October 22, 2016, Butt Thornton & Baehr attorneys, staff, friends, and family participated in Making Strides of Albuquerque, an annual five mile fundraising walk and celebration that supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a division of the American Cancer Society. Participants celebrated the strides made in the fight against breast cancer, expressed a shared determination to continue that fight, and raised over $164,000.00 among the 360 teams of participants.