Spencer L. Edelman

Direct: 505.848.1857
Main: 505.848.1800
Fax: 505.449.2057
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Email: spencer.edelman@modrall.com


Spencer Edelman's practice is focused in the areas of creditors' rights and commercial litigation. In his creditors' rights practice, Spencer assists banks and other creditors in foreclosures, collections actions, and bankruptcies. This spans a variety of industries including manufacturers, dairies, hotels, multi-family housing, and commercial real estate. In 2013-14 he served as a law clerk for United States Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma. Spencer has assisted large financial institutions, as well as private lenders, accountants, long-term care facilities, and other professionals in collecting debts secured by real property, vehicles, and equipment, as well as unsecured debts. Through this assistance he has developed substantial experience in real estate matters including disputes regarding title. In his commercial litigation practice, Spencer represents a broad spectrum of clients in contract disputes, landlord and tenant issues, real estate issues, and natural resources matters. In addition, he has been involved in complex cultural resources cases and long-term care facility defense, including defense of wrongful-death claims. Spencer has been recognized as a Southwest Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers®.

Spencer is actively involved in the State Bar of New Mexico, where he is the chair of the Young Lawyers' Division and a member of the Bankruptcy Law Section.  He participates regularly in the Wills for Heroes program which provides free wills to police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other first responders.  Spencer serves on the board of the non-profit organization Law Access New Mexico.  He also provides pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Attorney Project, Law La Palooza free legal fairs, the Veterans' Civil Justice Initiative, and Ask-a-Lawyer call-in program on Law Day.

Spencer is a shareholder and a member of the firm's Litigation and Creditors' Rights Practice Groups. He was a two-year captain of the Macalester College tennis team and continues to play tennis regularly.


  • University of Arizona, J.D., 2009
  • Macalester College, B.A. in History cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 2011

Practice Areas


  • Law Clerk for Honorable David T. Thuma, United States Bankruptcy Judge, 2013-14


Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of New Mexico; Board of Directors, Young Lawyers' Division, 2012-2016; Chair, 2016; Member, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Law Access New Mexico, Board of Directors, 2012
  • Pro bono legal service in the Volunteer Attorney Pool



  • "Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure," presentation at continuing legal education seminar, BOOT CAMP: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures, sponsored by National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, October 8, 2012


  • "Drafting Descriptions and Agreements to Avoid Disputes," Litigating Disputes Over Easements and Restrictive Covenants, sponsored by National Business Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 14, 2013 (with Daniel M. Alsup)


  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as Southwest Rising Star, 2014-present