"In our cases, we work to make a difference for our clients and for our community." -A. Elicia Montoya
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A. Elicia Montoya

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Meet Elicia Montoya

Elicia has dedicated her practice to ensuring that in her work, she makes a difference for her clients and for her community. She knows that people reach out to her and to the firm during the worst time in their lives, when a loved one has been killed or suffered catastrophic injury and through no fault of their own. She is committed to pursuing her cases with purpose to prevent needless tragedies from happening again and to ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable for the harm they cause.

She has received the highest possible rating from her peers and from the judiciary based on her legal ability and ethical standards. She has successfully tried cases throughout the State of New Mexico and teaches trial skills to lawyers throughout the country. Her verdicts and settlements total well over $100 million, but most importantly, Elicia has worked to ensure that as part of settlements, systemic changes are made to prevent the same type of harm from happening again.

Elicia’s clients become like family to her and, for her, the cases are personal. She works tirelessly for her cases because they are causes. She works to make a difference in the lives of her clients and in the lives of those whose lives may be improved because of the work she and her clients have done to hold others accountable. Elicia’s commitment to ensuring justice began long before she was sworn in as a lawyer. In law school, Elicia received the Margaret Keiper Dailey Award for Social Justice and also helped to found the first Children’s Law Clinic at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Elicia has also served as an adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico teaching skills in trial advocacy.

Elicia’s commitment to lead a life of purpose drives her both in and outside of her work. She has volunteered her legal services for important causes; has served on numerous Boards; and has volunteered with numerous organizations throughout the State in order to serve her community in every way she can.

When not in the Courtroom, preparing for trial or volunteering her time, Elicia loves being with her family, especially in the outdoors.


  • Margaret Keiper Daily Award
  • Super Lawyers; 2015 - 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars; 2012 - 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Trial Lawyers; Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers; Top 100 Lawyers
  • 500 Best Lawyers in the US, Lawdragon 500


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Juris Doctor - 1999
    • Honors: Margaret Keiper Dailey Award for Social Justice, 1999
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: Government

Professional Associations

  • NM Ethics Review Board, Hearing Officer
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Member, 2000 to Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Member
  • New Mexico State District Courts, Member

Community Involvement

  • Catechism Teacher, St. Francis Cathedral (2014-2018)
  • Rio Grande Elementary School, Board of Trustees
  • Santa Fe Preparatory School, Board of Trustees
  • Pegasus Legal Services for Children, Board of Directors, Member, 2004 to 2007
  • City of Santa Fe, Ethics Review Board, Mayoral Appointee, 2004 to 2007


  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico Law School

Past Experience

  • Honorable James J. Wechsler, New Mexico Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1999 to 1999


  • Licensed in both State and Federal Courts in New Mexico
  • Lawdragon 500
    Lawdragon 500
  • Best Lawyers in America
    Best Lawyers in America
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
    The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • AV Preeminent Rated
    AV Preeminent Rated

Representation Centered Around Real Change

Why We're the Right Choice
  • It's All About the Mission

    Our goal is to use the law as a force for good. We not only want to achieve the best possible results for our clients, but we strive to create lasting change that makes our world a safer place.

  • Prepare Every Case for Trial

    We believe when you lead with confidence, you've won before you started; therefore, by fighting from a position of strength, we know that cases are more likely to settle for a fair amount.

  • Personalized Approach

    Because every case is unique, we never apply a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time to know our clients and prepare personalized strategies that yield the greatest success.

  • 35 Years of Experience

    Since 1985, we have been helping ordinary citizens hold insurance companies and corporate wrongdoers accountable, while securing the compensation our clients deserve.

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