Damian L. Martinez

Damian L. Martinez: Attorney with Holt Mynatt Martinez P.C.

Biography

Damian is a Managing Director and Vice President of Holt Mynatt Martínez P.C. Damian is from Las Vegas, New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Social Work. He obtained his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from St. Mary’s University in 2001, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi and John M. Harlan honors fraternities. Damian was appointed to the Board of Regents of Northern New Mexico College in 2015 by Governor Susana Martinez.

Damian is a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he served with the Judge Advocate General Corps on active duty from 2001 to 2005. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation, Air Force Achievement, National Defense, and Global War on Terrorism medals. While on active duty, he was appointed a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and the District of New Mexico.

Damian has been recognized by a number of trade publications and institutions including A.M. Best, Super Lawyers and the American Society of Legal Advocates. Damian also earned the prestigious AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, based on evaluation of his credentials and experience from fellow lawyers.

A list of representative clients includes New Mexico Association of Counties, American National Property and Casualty Company, American Claims Service, Inc., Philadelphia Insurance Companies, AIG, Mountain States Insurance, Esurance, XL Group, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, the City of Las Cruces, the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, Dona Ana County, Hidalgo County, Otero County, Sierra County, Luna County, San Miguel County, Las Cruces Public Schools, and Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, and Young Guns Chile among others.

His practice experience is broad and varied. A litigator, he confines his practice primarily to the defense of municipalities and police departments from claims of excessive force and constitutional violations arising under the color of both state and federal law. This experience includes obtaining multiple total defense verdicts on behalf of the City of Las Cruces in high-profile suicide by cop and wrongful death cases. In his representation of clients Damian has also successfully resolved multiple matters through summary judgment and qualified immunity. Damian has fully litigated thirty-five jury trials and fifty-four bench trials. Damian’s litigation experience also includes appellate practice. He has appeared before the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

In addition to trial and appellate practice, Damian acts as County Attorney for San Miguel, Hidalgo and Luna Counties as well as the attorney for Truth or Consequences and the Town of Hurley. Damian routinely advises and defends governmental entities in the areas of labor and employment law from a host of claims arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. His practice also includes due diligence for governmental agencies with respect to proposed contracts and the renewal or modification of existing contracts. Damian has also advised municipalities concerning joint powers agreements and public-private ventures.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Civil Rights Defense
  • County Government Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(575) 524-8812  Phone
(575) 524-0726  Fax
www.hmm-law.com
University Attended:
New Mexico Highlands University, B.S.W., 1998
Law School Attended:
St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Year of First admission:
2001
Admission:
2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico; 2002, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals; 2014, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; 2007, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; 2016, U.S. Supreme Court; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2001, New Mexico
Memberships:
Professional Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of New Mexico
Board of Regents, Northern New Mexico College (2015-2021)
Captain, USAF Judge Advocate General Corps, (2001-2005)
Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, (2001 to 2004)
Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, (2004-2005)
Leadership Las Cruces, 2006
John M. Harlan Society
Phi Delta Phi
Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012
The American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40
Military:
Captain, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps (2001-2005)
Special Agencies:
Board of Regents, Northern New Mexico College
ISLN:
918255417

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0 (18 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.3/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.3/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.4/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.4/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Government Counsel on 01/28/13 in Litigation

    Probably one of the best all around lawyers that I have ever meet. His advice is sound and well thought out. He is an excellent litigator and someone you would want to represent you.

    Probably one of the best all around lawyers that I have ever meet. His advice is sound and well thought out. He is an excellent litigator and someone you would want to represent you. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Senior Associate on 01/19/13 in Civil Litigation

    Damian is great to work with whether representing a client with aligned or opposing interests.

    Damian is great to work with whether representing a client with aligned or opposing interests. Read less

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