Jennifer A. Noya

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Overview

Jennifer Noya practices primarily in insurance coverage defense, employment law, civil rights, class action and complex litigation.  She has defended a wide variety of cases, including defense of insurers in class action litigation involving both life insurance and auto coverage.  She has represented defendants in civil rights class litigation and represents employers in employment-related disputes arising under state and federal law, as well as administrative proceedings.  Jennifer has tried cases in both state and federal district courts, and has briefed cases before the New Mexico Supreme Court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Named "Lawyer of the Year in Insurance – Albuquerque" in 2012 by Best Lawyers of America®, Jennifer was selected as one of the Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016. Clients seek Jennifer's advice in a wide variety of insurance defense matters including the representation of insurers in class action litigation involving both life insurance and auto coverage, defense of insurers, agents and brokers against first-party and third-party claims of bad faith, New Mexico statutory claims, and professional negligence claims.  She has extensive experience in litigating insurance coverage and in counseling insurers on coverage issues arising out of many different types of insurance policies.   

Jennifer's employment law practice includes state and federal court litigation representing management in the defense of alleging violations of employment discrimination statutes, contracts, or various common-law employment rights. She has litigated disputes under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act, and other various statutory and common-law claims. She regularly represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Human Rights Division of the New Mexico Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance and other state and federal agencies, as well as in administrative matters including discrimination and harassment charges and wage and hour complaints. 

Jennifer has experience in civil rights defense. She has litigated constitutional law issues, such as freedom of speech, freedom of association, and alleged violations of due process and has successfully defended class claims of civil rights violations brought by inmates involving prison conditions as well as class claims brought against private property owners.  

Jennifer Noya joined Modrall Sperling upon graduation from law school and is a member of Modrall Sperling's Litigation Practice and serves as Chair of the Insurance Service Group.

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude
  • University of Arizona, B.B.A., 1987

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Practice Areas

Recognition

Experience

  • Successful defense against challenge to policy consensual arbitration clause in New Mexico Supreme Court, McMillan v. Allstate Indemnity Company, 2004-NMSC-2.

  • Successful defense against class action claiming unfair claims practices, Truong v. Allstate Insurance Company, CV-99-003474.

  • Defended arbitrator's finding of no coverage for groundwater pollution in insurance policy in New Mexico Court of Appeals, Eagle Laundry v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 2002 NMCA 56; 46 P.3d 1276.

Activities

  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Defense Research Institute

Honors

  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Employment Law-Individuals "Lawyer of the Year" in Albuquerque
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"  in Albuquerque
  • Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law-Individuals, Insurance Law and Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2007-present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey), 2012-present, Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016