James G. Whitley

Durango,  CO  U.S.A.
Phone(970) 385-9130

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Practice Areas

  • General
  • Civil Trial
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Representing Buyers and Sellers in Residential, Commercial and Vacant Land Transactions
  • Title Litigation
  • Title Insurance Matters
  • Formation of Home Owner and Property Owner Associations
  • Representation of Associations in Covenant Enforcement Matters
  • Easement and Boundary Disputes
  • Business Law
  • Formation of Corporation, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
  • Contract Preparation
  • Lender/Debtor Matters
  • Construction Contracts
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Lien Enforcement and Construction Defect Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Development
  • Zoning/Land Use
  • Eminent Domain
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Will Contest
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Shareholder Disputes
Contact InfoTelephone: (970) 385-9130
Telephone: (505) 325-1899
Fax: (970) 403-1130
University University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolStaff Member, University of New Mexico Law Review, 1977; University of New Mexico, J.D., 1978
Admitted1978, New Mexico, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1998, Colorado
Memberships San Juan County Bar Association, Southwest Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, State Bar of New Mexico (Director, New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, 1983-1984).
BornHobbs, New Mexico, July 26, 1949

JAMES G. WHITLEY was first admitted to practice law in New Mexico in 1978. Upon admission, Mr. Whitley joined the Jones, Gallegos, Snead & Wertheim law firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico as an associate, retiring from that firm as a partner/director in 1998. The Jones Firm is a midsized law firm focusing on complex civil litigation in New Mexico, which included, during Mr. Whitley's association with the firm, the longest jury trial in New Mexico, the largest class action tried in the state and settlement of a complex will contest in the Georgia O'Keefe estate.

Mr. Whitley has practiced in the areas of administrative law, including telecommunications and transportation, workers compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, real estate title litigation, oil and gas, foreclosure/lender liability defense, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and multiple real estate and business transactions. His practice has included participating as lead or associate counsel in over seven jury trials, more than twelve bench trials, and numerous adjudicatory hearings before the New Mexico State Corporation Commission. In over thirty years of practice, he has also briefed and argued approximately eighteen reported cases in the New Mexico and Colorado state appellate courts as well as the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Whitley is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the 2010 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

In 1998, Mr. Whitley and his family moved to Durango, Colorado where Mr. Whitley opened a solo practice and engaged in real estate development for his own account. Since opening his office in Durango, Colorado, Mr. Whitley has continued to practice in multiple disciplines, including property owner association disputes, debt/foreclosure, real estate title litigation, complex contract/business disputes, personal injury, construction defects, business formation, and business transactional matters. Mr. Whitley actively practices in San Juan County in Northwestern New Mexico as well as Archuleta, Montezuma and La Plata counties in Southwestern Colorado.

Reported CasesU.S. v. Agri-Services, Inc., 81 F.3d 1002 (10th Cir. 1996); Bogle Farms, Inc., v. Jim Baca, 122 N.M. 422, 925 P.2d 1184 (1996); Oil Transport Co. v. NM State Corp. Comm., 110 NM 568 798 P.2d 169 (1990); Lakeside Ventures, LLC v. Lakeside Development Co. 68 P.3d 516 (Colo.App. 2002); Matter of Estate of Russell, 119 N.M. 43, 888 P.2d 489 (Ct.App. 1994); Applications of Mission Petroleum Carriers, Inc., 113 N.M. 477, 827 P.2d 1291 (1992); Maestas v. Martinez 107 N.M. 91, 752 P.2d 1107 (Ct.App. 1988).

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James G. Whitley

679 East Second Avenue, Suite E-1 #2
DurangoCO 81301


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