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Albuquerque, NM 87109

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Local Litigation Star

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Samantha (Sam) Adams has once again been named a Southwest SuperLawyers® in addition to her previous selection by peers and the publisher as a Top 25 Southwest Super Lawyers® in New Mexico.

Sam’s practice is focused on litigation for business, government and non-profit organizations. As a trial lawyer, her experience spans the insurance, employment, education, health Sam understands the value of good legal advice in advance of a trip to the courtroom. She regularly advises members of management and boards of directors on issues related to insurance coverage, employer/employee disputes, contract relations and negotiations, covenants not to compete, trade practices and, among other things, how to avoid litigation.

As an AV® Preeminent lawyer, Sam has been awarded the highest ratings for professional ethics and legal ability by her peers. Benchmark Litigation has recognized Sam as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States and as a Litigation Star in New Mexico. She has been repeatedly named among those in Southwest SuperLawyers® and is proud to have been recognized locally by New Mexico Business Weekly as a “Woman of Influence.” Sam is a two-term past-president of the New Mexico School of Law Alumni and currently serves on its board as well as the boards of the Albuquerque Bar Association and the Domestic Violence Resource Center. She is an active member of the State Bar of New Mexico and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Sam has also been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA).

Sam advises clients large and small including, as just a few previous and/or current clients: Turner Enterprises, Donegal/Mountain States Insurance Group, the Board of Education of Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, San Juan Coal Company, New Mexico Legal Aid, Domestic Violence Resources Center, New Mexico Community Capital, WESST Development, Century Administration, Remax Classic Realty, EMCORE Corporation and High Desert Residential Owners Association.

Prior to attending law school, Sam was a senior claims representative for Farmers Insurance Company of Arizona, handling litigation and arbitration of insurance disputes. Today, in addition to her law practice, Sam is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and with the Anderson School of Management. Sam also often instructs for continuing ed services providing core legal education and updates in the areas of human resources/employment, education and business.


Updated Sep 2021