New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

At Lawyer Legion, we understand the importance of specialty certification programs. We created a feature on our directory to narrow the search to only New Mexico attorneys who have earned specialty certification.

The New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization provides the public with a list of current board certified specialists who have demonstrated a certain threshold of competency after an evaluation of the attorney's knowledge, involvement, experience in a particular field of the law.

New Mexico's Rules of Professional Conduct Article 7, Rule 16-704 says only certified specialist attorneys may make statements implying "specialization" in legal advertisements.

The purpose of the New Mexico board-certified attorney program includes:

  • Helping the public find a qualified attorney in a particular specialty area of the law; discouraging false or misleading advertising that often preys on unsophisticated or wary legal consumers;
  • Encouraging attorneys to strive for excellence while increasing their knowledge and professionalism;
  • Assisting the most qualified attorneys in their marketing efforts for certain specialty areas of the law; and
  • Improving the overall qualify of legal services in specialty areas of the law.

Under New Mexico Rules of Professional Conduct, an attorney may say he or she is certified only if he or she is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, by an appropriate organization in another state, or by an organization accredited by the American Bar Association.

Proctors in admiralty and patent attorneys barred by the United States Patent and Trademark Office do not need to seek state certification.


Types of Board Certification Specialty Areas Approved in New Mexico

Attorneys in New Mexico can become board certified in any of 14 different types of specialty areas of the law, including:


Minimum Standards for Certification of Specialists in New Mexico

The minimum requirement for an attorney to become a board certified specialist vary by specialty area, but generally require that the attorney:

  • Must show substantial involvement in the specialty area through the number of cases handled and the amount of time spent on preparing or litigating cases in the specialty area:
  • Must be in good standing with the New Mexico Bar Association;
  • Must show completion of a minimum number of continuing legal education (CLE) classes with the MCLE Board during a specified period prior to making application;
  • Must demonstrate to the board knowledge and competence in a specialty areas of the law; and
  • Must submit to peer review so that other attorneys and judges familiar with the attorney's practice can comment.

Contact Information

New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization
P.O. Box 93070
Albuquerque, NM 87199-3070
Phone: (505) 821-1890
Fax: (505) 821-0220

Lawyer Legion is not endorsed or approved by any state or national board certification program or by any bar association, including the State Bar of New Mexico.