Art Melendres concentrates his practice primarily in administrative, education, commercial and municipal finance law. For more than thirty-five years, clients have sought Art's expertise when faced with disputes involving education, administrative law, commercial law or public financing. For more than twenty-five years, Art has served as general counsel for the Albuquerque Public Schools, a school district of more than 90,000 students and 11,000 employees. He regularly advises the School Board and the Administration on a variety of issues including employment matters, public finance, litigation, real estate and procurement. Art serves as lead counsel on all significant litigation for the Albuquerque Public Schools. In addition, he has served as a registered lobbyist for clients at the New Mexico Legislature.
Best Lawyers in America® has selected Art as "Lawyer of the Year" in Albuquerque numerous times and in multiple practice areas, including: Education Law, 2016, 2014, 2011; Municipal Law, 2017, 2015; and Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2014. He has attained the AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible based on a peer review. In 2010, Art was named as Best of the Bar – General Counsel by the New Mexico Business Weekly and in 1996, Art received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.
Art served as a member and President of the Board of Regents for the University of New Mexico and as previous president of the Albuquerque Bar Association, New Mexico Association of School Board Attorneys and Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1971
- University of New Mexico, B.A. in Political Science and Economics, 1965
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court