Laurie Longiaru has recently returned to the practice of law after working as a high school teacher for Santa Fe Public Schools. She is an associate with the firm whose practice includes both litigation and transactional matters. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1987 and to the State Bar of New Mexico in 1992.While in California, Ms. Longiaru worked for Bancroft, Avery and McAlister, a mid-sized law firm located in San Francisco, and focused primarily on litigation in both the trial and appellate courts. Her litigation practice was extremely varied and included contract disputes, construction disputes, complex tax assessment disputes, real estate disputes and securities litigation. In New Mexico, Ms. Longiaru's worked at Potter, Mills & Cassutt, P.A. in Santa Fe, where she focused on real estate litigation, including easement and boundary disputes.As a high school teacher, Ms. Longiaru used her legal knowledge to teach Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, Mock Trial, and Ethics, Law and Social Policy. She was also actively involved in union matters and represented many school district employees in disciplinary proceedings, individual grievances and class action grievances. She served as President of the Santa Fe chapter of the National Educators Association in 2009 – 2010, and acted as Lead Negotiator for the local's collective bargaining team for four years. Her current legal practice will also include school law and employee rights matters.Ms. Longiaru is a 1987 graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. She received her B.S. degree from Northwestern University with a major in Theater in 1977.Outside the office, Ms. Longiaru enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family and her standard poodle.