Litigation

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Overview

Disputes can be both time intensive and taxing, and the risks and challenges become greater when litigation arises. Our lawyers understand that advocating for companies and individuals in litigation is one of the most important and visible roles we play in the overall system of justice that is a hallmark of our democracy. We have a strong commitment to efficient and successful resolution of litigation, and we understand that successful outcomes require preparation from the earliest pleading stages, through discovery and pre-trial motions, to trial and any appellate pleadings that may follow trial. We collaborate very closely with our clients at every stage. We are also committed to advising clients about alternatives to litigation, such as mediations. See Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Modrall Sperling's civil litigation practice is one of the defining foundations of our firm, and constitutes the largest overall segment of our practice. The cases we litigate run the gamut from relatively discrete disputes involving individuals to complex class action lawsuits and bet-the-company litigation. Our deep bench of litigators brings to the table not only top-notch practice skills, but also special insights into specific types of civil litigation and the contexts and industries in which lawsuits arise. Cases we litigate cut across virtually all the areas of our diverse practice, including: Antitrust, Aviation, Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, Business and Business Entities, Civil Rights, Class Actions and Mass Torts, Commercial Litigation, Construction and Design, Cultural and Historic Resources, Education, Environmental, Employee Benefits and ERISA, Energy and Utilities, Employment and Labor, Estate Planning, Healthcare, Hospitality, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Mining, Native American Law, Oil and Gas, Professional Liability, Product Liability, Public Lands, Railroads, Ranching and Agriculture, Real Estate and Zoning, Renewable Energy, Taxation, Telecommunications, Torts/Personal Injury, and Water Resources. Our lawyers litigate in all of New Mexico's thirteen state district courts, in federal district and appellate courts in New Mexico and elsewhere, in tribal courts, and in some other states' courts around the country.

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Experience

Our lawyers have a wealth of background in litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, and we have been involved in some of the most significant litigation in New Mexico and other jurisdictions. Many of us have litigated cases for more than a quarter of a century. We regularly handle complex litigation involving multiple parties, class actions, and multi-district litigation. We handle liability cases alleging damages from such products as breast implants, diet drugs, asbestos, tires and tobacco, as well as commercial litigation claims such as antitrust, breach of contract, and employment claims.

Thanks to the fact that we have one of the largest groups of litigation practitioners in our state, including lawyers at all levels of tenure with the firm, we can cost-effectively handle cases involving voluminous documentation, numerous witnesses and parties, and multiple theories of liability and defenses. We have the ability to coordinate with clients via extranet services, and our lawyers and legal assistants are adept at using technology in organizing complex evidence during the pre-trial phases, and in presenting it in court. We also routinely team with experts from virtually all disciplines, and are well-versed in legally challenging admissibility of experts offering "junk science" in support of litigation positions.