(505) 243-3357

Karen S. Mendenhall

Practice Areas
  • Mediation
  • Election & Campaign Law
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Issues
  • Class Actions
Admitted to Practice
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court
  • District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Reported Cases
  • Nellis v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Ariz., 2012-NMCA-020
  • Ferrell v. Allstate, 2008-NMSC-042
  • H-B-S Partnership v. AIRCOA Hospitality Services, Inc., 2008-NMCA-013
  • Rivera-Platte v. First Colony Life Ins. Co., 2007-NMCA-158
  • Nellis v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., 2007-NMCA-090
  • Nakashima v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 2007-NMCA-027
  • Berry v. Federal Kemper Life Assur. Co., 2004-NMCA-116, cert. denied, 2004-NMCERT-009 (2004) (No. 28,850), cert. denied, 125 S.Ct. 1640 (2005) (No. 04-830)
  • Azar v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 2003-NMCA-062
  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1997
  • M.A., University of Texas at El Paso, 1991
  • B.A. George Mason University, 1989
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • New Mexico Women’s Bar Association (director, 2005 – 2007)
  • New Mexico Commission on Professionalism (member, 2005 – 2007)
  • H. Verne Payne Inn of Court
Community Service
  • Director, Conservation Voters New Mexico (2009-2015)
  • Director, Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico (2004-2008)
Recognition & Certifications

BV Martindale-Hubbell rating: Karen has been highly rated by her peers as holding this high level of professional excellence and ethics. Only 40% of lawyers are peer-rated.

Certified Mediator: In addition to participating in numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars focusing on mediation, Karen has completed a 40-hour certification program in mediation conducted by the Institute for Conflict Management, LLC. ICM is a pre-eminent alternative dispute resolution firm that has trained thousands of professionals in mediation, arbitration and conciliation.

Straus Institute of Conflict Resolution: In 2014, Karen completed a rigorous 42-hour program on Mediating the Litigated Case. The Straus Institute is affiliated with Pepperdine Law School. Since 2006, Pepperdine has been ranked #1 in dispute resolution by U.S. News and World Report.

State Bar of New Mexico Leadership Institute: Karen is a graduate of the First Leadership Training Institute.