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Randi McGinn

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Meet Randi McGinn

Randi McGinn is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers, having represented thousands of men and women in her 40 years of practice and having tried to verdict over 130 civil and criminal cases – everything from trucking collisions to workplace violence to medical malpractice to products liability lawsuits. She lost only 6 of those trials, giving her a 95% success rate.

Trials are won and cases are settled based on who tells the best story. Having started out as a journalist, Randi McGinn is a consummate storyteller. From the pile of facts that is your case, she reaches in and pulls out the beating heart of your story. She is famous for her creativity in the courtroom and use of both high- and low-tech demonstrative evidence to help the jury see and understand what happened. She has utilized powerful animations, life-size human blowups, persuasive PowerPoint presentations, toy cars and trucks, and three-dimensional models of roadways and a mountain hillside to re-create accidents in the courtroom.

The first woman president of the Inner Circle of Advocates (a group of the 100 best trial lawyers in the U.S.), she is able to reveal the truth through her devastating cross-examinations. Ms. McGinn has destroyed adverse witnesses by leaving a pretentious Beverly Hills doctor standing in front of the jury covered with post-its and clutching a grapefruit to his chest and by grilling a government snitch until he threw up. You can watch her takedown of an expert in this cross-examination of Bill Lewinski.

She was appointed as a special prosecutor and tried the first New Mexico criminal case against any police officer. Two Albuquerque police officers faced charges for an on-the-job shooting of a homeless man, James Boyd. The case ended in a hung jury but reduced the number of shootings of citizens by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Ms. McGinn has obtained several of the largest verdicts in New Mexico history. In 2019, she obtained the largest verdict ever against a semi-trailer manufacturer for its decision not to build its trailers with side underride guards that would prevent passenger cars from becoming trapped underneath the trailer.

She started her career with a bang by giving birth to her daughter, Heather, the day before the 3-day bar examination.


  • Induction to the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: 1993 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year:
    • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2019
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2015
    • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2014
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Albuquerque: 2013
    • Criminal Defense: General Practice, Albuquerque: 2011
  • Top 25 lawyers in NM, Southwest Super Lawyers®
  • Super Lawyers® 2007 - 2024
  • Top 10 Lawyers, Albuquerque Magazine 
  • Recipient, Justice Mary Walters Award, UNM Women’s Law Caucus
  • Recipient, UNM Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Recipient, NM Status for the Commission on Women Award
  • Emerge NM Woman of the Year
  • First Woman Admitted to Roehl Circle of Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in American Lawyers Magazine “Women Leaders in the Law” 
  • Lawyer of the Year, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2017
  • 500 Best Lawyers in the US, Lawdragon 500
  • Legends of the Law, Lawdragon 2020
  • First Woman President, Inner Circle of Advocates, 2016-2017
  • Compassionate Gladiatrix Award

Professional Memberships

  • Inner Circle of Advocates (Best 100 plaintiff’s lawyers in the U.S.) First Woman President, 2016- 2017
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) Board of Directors, 1986- Present
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) President, 1994- 1995
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors, 2003- Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005- Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors, 1999- 2005
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), 2004- Present
  • New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project President, 2000-2007
  • State Bar of New Mexico


  • Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Lecturer, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico Law School 
  • Peter Chase Neumann Lecturer, University of Arizona, 2017
  • Regularly teaches or lectures 1-2 times a month at bar associations, legal groups, and law schools around the country

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Founder and Member of the Board of Directors, Emerge NM
  • EDO Community Development Board, 2011 to 2020
  • Shareholder, Sandia Motorsports Raceway
  • Menaul School Board of Trustees 2010-2013


  • Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win, Trial Guides, 2014. 

University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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  • 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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