As one of the leading trial lawyers in the United States, Attorney Randi McGinn of McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry (MMLC) has fought for New Mexico families for over 40 years in groundbreaking cases involving sexual violence, police abuse and corporate greed. Often the only woman in the courtroom at the start of her career, she used her unique and authentic voice to persuade the jury to do justice for her clients. , Her commitment to the law, as well as her authenticity, captivated the attention of Lawdragon, which named her a Lawdragon Legend of the Law and landed her a well-deserved spot in the “Lawyer Limelight.”
The article describes how Attorney McGinn was not afraid to shatter the glass ceiling and how, without any female examples, came to develop her own unique voice and style in the courtroom. Due to her fearlessness and passion for justice, Attorney McGinn has been able to carve out a place for herself in the legal world — and a place for anyone who feels as though they must shroud their authentic selves to pursue a career in law.
“She adopted a maxim that has since inspired a new generation of female lawyers, and indeed anyone else who ever felt that lawyers are people who don’t look like them. … The way a superhero uses her invisibility cloak to pass undetected through perilous areas, McGinn eschews the look of a traditional lawyer in order to forge a real connection with the jurors,” Preece wrote.
The maxim in question is, “Being different in the courtroom is always an advantage.”This maxim has certainly proved workable for Attorney McGinn. To date, she has tried over 130 cases in federal and state courts and has represented thousands of New Mexico residents in a vast array of civil and criminal cases, from truck crashes to product liability, to police brutality, and more. She has applied her legal skills to cross-examining adverse witnesses so deftly that one, a government snitch, threw up from the stress. Overall, she has a 95% success rate.
According to Journalist Alison Preece, “Her work for injured plaintiffs has inarguably made New Mexico a safer place, with warnings on dangerous products, better training in hospitals, signage for hazardous roadways, and regulations to protect overnight convenience store workers all part of her astounding legal legacy.”
Over the decades, Attorney McGinn has achieved some of the state’s most significant verdicts, including a recent $42 million verdict against a semitrailer manufacturer that put profit over safety in refusing to add side underride safety guards to its trailers. She was also appointed as a special prosecutor in a criminal case against two Albuquerque police officers for the shooting death of a homeless man, James Boyd; this was the very first case in New Mexico history to be brought against a police officer for an on the job shooting. Another notable case of hers is the $67 million lawsuit won for a plaintiff who had surgically received a pacemaker that turned out to be medically unnecessary. As proved in court, the doctor, hospital and device manufacturer conspired to mislead patients for their own financial benefit.
Attorney McGinn and her career will have a lasting impact on the legal landscape of New Mexico and that of the U.S. She has paved the way for so many, and there is no doubt that she will continue to achieve success for years to come.
We invite you to read Attorney McGinn’s full feature in Lawdragon’s “Lawyer Limelight” here. To schedule an appointment or case evaluation with Attorney McGinn, contact McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry online today.