Erica R. Neff

Erica R. Neff: Attorney with O'Brien & Padilla, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at O'Brien & Padilla, P.C. (9 Attorneys)
  • 6000 Indian School Road N.E., Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
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  • Erica R. Neff is a shareholder with O'Brien & Padilla, P.C. A member of the firm's strong litigation team, her practice is largely focused on civil defense and complex insurance matters.
  • Peer Reviews

    4.7/5.0 (18)
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Attorney Awards


Ms. Neff has devoted her career to civil defense and the advancement of her clients’ rights. She received the prestigious rating of AV Preeminent from her peers under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review system, based upon a finding that she meets the organization’s very high General Ethical Standards and that she practices at the highest level of professional excellence. Ms. Neff’s practice includes the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith issues, unfair claim and trade practice suits, products liability, commercial liability, construction defects, personal injury, property damage, and workers’ compensation. She has tried multiple cases to verdict in both bench trials and jury trials, and her appellate experience is reflected in several New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions. In 2013, Ms. Neff was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, she was named a Southwest Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Neff devotes time to a variety of organizations and publications. Since 2012, she has served on the Editorial Board of Defense News, which is the quarterly publication of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. She has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Defense News since 2014. Ms. Neff was named to the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2013 and continues to serve the community in that capacity. Ms. Neff has also been an active member of the H. Vearle Payne American Inn of Court.

Ms. Neff believes that mentorship and volunteerism are critical components of a successful and meaningful legal practice. As such, she enjoys mentoring associates both within and outside of the firm. She also helps coordinate the firm’s annual charity drive, which typically aims to address the needs of a different family or cause each year.

A native of Montana, Ms. Neff enjoys hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities in her spare time. She also volunteers for various community organizations and is a Running Buddy for local girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in the Girls on the Run Rio Grande running program.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Workers Compensation
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Appellate Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(505) 883-8181  Phone
(505) 883-3232  Fax
University Attended:
Armstrong Atlantic State University, B.S., Magna Cum Laude; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Graduate level studies in Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program; University of Georgia
Law School Attended:
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Dean's List
Year of First Admission:
2010, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico; 2010, New Mexico
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (Editorial Board Member: 2012 — Present; Co-Editor in Chief: 2014-2016)
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Albuquerque Bar Association — Board of Directors (2013-present)
Reported Cases:
Castillo v. Caprock Pipe & Supply, Inc., 2012-NMCA-085, 285 P.3d 1072; Block v. Holiday Park Neighborhood Assoc., Inc., 2013 WL 4516393 (Ct. App. 2013); Gonzalez v. Performance Painting, Inc., 2013-NMSC-121, 303 P.3d 802; Magallanes v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Arizona, 2016 WL 2853865 (Ct. App. 2016 Unpub.).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (18 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 03/22/17 in Civil Litigation

    Ms. Neff is extremely well-prepared and knowledgeable. In addition, she exhibits poise that you would be delighted to see in an attorney with twice her experience.

    Ms. Neff is extremely well-prepared and knowledgeable. In addition, she exhibits poise that you would be delighted to see in an attorney with twice her experience. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 03/17/17 in Civil Litigation

    Ms. Neff is an exceptional lawyer who is reasonable and a very effective advocate for her clients.

    Ms. Neff is an exceptional lawyer who is reasonable and a very effective advocate for her clients. Read less

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