Ms. Mary Emily Schmidt-Nowara

Ms. Mary Emily Schmidt-Nowara: Attorney with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. AV stamp icon


Born and raised in Albuquerque, Molly graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. Molly is an experienced trial lawyer and dedicated to client-centered representation. From 2001 to 2005, Molly worked in Washington, D.C., first in a judicial clerkship and then joining the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, one of the premier public defender offices in the country. Molly then returned to New Mexico as an Assistant Public Defender in the Santa Fe office of the Department of the Public Defender. While there, Molly represented hundreds of clients in serious felony matters from arraignment through trial and post-conviction issues.

In 2007, Molly entered private practice, first at the Santa Fe office of the Rothstein Law Firm, then Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan, P.A. in 2008. In 2012, she started her own small law firm, Garcia Ives Nowara. In 2018, she returned to Freedman Boyd as a partner.

Molly brings to her cases extensive trial experience. Molly represents those accused of violent crimes (including homicide, sex crimes, and child abuse), white-collar crimes (including healthcare fraud, embezzlement, and fraud), drug crimes, driving under the influence, weapons charges, domestic violence, and criminal appeals.

Molly also specializes in representing professionals in administrative hearings involving professional licensure (including medical professionals) and security clearances. Molly has successfully defended clients before the various licensing boards in New Mexico, including the New Mexico Medical Board, Board of Nursing, and Board of Dental Health Care.

Molly has been selected by Super Lawyers magazine since 2012 as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of criminal defense. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Molly was named a “Top 25″ lawyer in New Mexico by Super Lawyers. Molly is also a frequent presenter in New Mexico and around the country in Continuing Legal Education conferences. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law since 2009. She has been named in Best Lawyers for criminal defense beginning in 2016.

Since returning to FBH in May of 2018, Molly has had three “not guilty” verdicts in criminal cases, including in a battery on a peace officer case and in a high profile criminal sexual penetration case.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Criminal Defense
  • Administrative Law
  • Security Clearances
  • Professional Licensure
  • Civil Litigation
  • Constitutional
  • Civil rights
  • Labor
  • Employment
  • Torts
  • Pers Injury
  • Prop Damage
  • Criminal

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
505-842-9960  Phone
505.842.0761  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25326, Albuquerque, NM 87102
University Attended:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1997
Law School Attended:
University of New Mexico, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 2002, New Mexico
State Bar of New Mexico District of Columbia Bar National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Birth Information:
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1975
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Other

Peer Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 09/21/14 in Criminal Defense

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 09/15/14 in General Practice

    I have faced Molly as an opponent. She is a great lawyer, a fierce advocate and dedicated to very high standards of professionalism.

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