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Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 NMDLA Lawyer of the Year Award Winners!

The awards will be presented on September 29, 2017 in Oldtown Albuquerque at the Hotel Chaco. 

More information Click Here. Please contact us by e-mail at nmdefense@nmdla.org or phone 505.797.6021 with questions. 

Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer 
of the Year Award


Mark Mowery, Esq.
Rodey Law Firm

Mark Mowery, Esq. received a B.A. “With Honors” from the University of Oklahoma in 1976. He graduated from the UNM School of Law in 1981. He immediately went to work for the Rodey Law Firm where he has been employed ever since. In 1984, he and his wife Clay relocated from Albuquerque to Santa Fe where Mark continued his insurance defense practice. For the past several years, he has managed the firm’s Santa Fe office and defended a variety of clients who have found themselves defendants in suits for personal injuries and property damage. In the past several years, his concentration has been in the area of medical malpractice defense. Mark also has a very active mediation practice. He has been a long-time member of the ABA, the State Bar of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Bar Association, the DRI and the NMDLA. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Mediation, Medical Malpractice-Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants. He was named by Best Lawyers as the Santa Fe Mediation Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and 2018, Santa Fe Arbitration Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and 2017, and Santa Fe Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year in 2014. He is listed in Southwest Super Lawyers for expertise and experience in Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense: General, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2007, and the State Chair from 2015 – 2017.

Young Lawyer of the Year Award 


Justin D. Goodman, Esq.
Stiff, Keith, & Garcia, LLC

Justin D. Goodman, Esq. is an associate at Stiff, Keith, & Garcia, LLC, where he maintains a diverse practice in civil litigation. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, receiving his Bachelor and Juris Doctor Degrees with honors. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2015 -2017.

Mr. Goodman is an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law and is the faculty sponsor for the student chapter of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as a grader for the New Mexico Bar Exam. He volunteers for the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division and the New Mexico Medical Review Commission. Mr. Goodman also serves on the alumni Board of the UNM School of Law and the Editorial Board of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association.

Outstanding Lawyer of the Year

Outstanding Lawyer of the Year is awarded to attorneys who have, by their ethical, personal, and professional conduct exemplified for their fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism and ability.

Past Recipients:

2016: Lee M. Rogers, Jr., Esq.

2015: Mark J. Riley, Esq.

2014: Stephen G. French, Esq.

2013: William P. Slattery , Esq.

2012: Stephen M. Simone, Esq.

2011: Emily Franke, Esq.

2010: R. E. Thompson

2008: Al Green

2007: Thomas Sandenaw

2006: William Gralow

2005: Charles Pharris

2004: Robert Sabin

2003: Bruce Hall

Young Lawyer of the Year

Young Lawyer of the Year is awarded to attorneys who have not practiced more than five years or are under the age of 36 and have, by their ethical, personal, and professional conduct, shown exemplary achievement in the legal profession and/or who have contributed time and expertise to the NMDLA.

Past Recipients:

2016: Corinne L. Holt, Esq.

2015: Tomas J. Garcia, Esq.

2014: Alicia Santos, Esq.

2013: Erica R. Neff, Esq.

2012: Tiffany Roach Martin

2011: Cody R. Rogers, Esq.

2010: Lorena Olmos

2008: Jessica Hernandez

2007: Raul P. Sedillo

Jean Gibson, Executive Director
PO Box 94116 | Albuquerque, NM 87199-4116
Email: nmdefense@nmdla.org | Phone: 505.797.6021 | Fax: 877.245.5021

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