About Deborah DeMack

Prior to going into private practice, in 2009 Ms. DeMack was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office for six years where she investigated and prosecuted businesses for unfair and deceptive trade practices.

EDUCATION

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., Public Interest Law Scholar The University of Chicago, M.A. in History University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in History, with Honors

LICENSED TO PRACTICE

State of New Mexico, United States District Court, District of New Mexico
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

* Member of the Disciplinary Board, State of New Mexico Supreme Court
* Member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
* Member of the National Association for Consumer Advocates
* Member of the New Mexico Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section and First Judicial Bar Association

SAMPLE CASES

Mendoza v. Montoya, Dollman v. Montoya, 595 B.R. 849 (10th Cir. B.A.P. 2019). Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (B.A.P.) ruled in favor of debtors, allowing debtors to reopen their bankruptcy cases to list assets and claim exemptions not previously claimed. In overturning the findings and rulings of the bankruptcy court, the B.A.P. affirmed that debtors had an absolute right to reopen their case even years after the fact, and did not see permission of the court in order to amend their schedules. The B.A.P. further ruled in favor of the debtors, allowing them to claim exemptions the bankruptcy court had wrongfully denied.

Cach, LLC v. David A. Guerrero, D-202-CV-02022. Class action lawsuit against nationwide junk debt buyer/debt collector for collecting debts without a license, violations of New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, and tortious debt collection.  Class Action Settlement Agreement brought over $1.6 million in relief to approximately 30,000 New Mexico residents.

State of New Mexico v. Zangara Dodge, Inc., D-202-2005-01732. Civil action brought on behalf of consumers against car dealer for overcharging customers for vehicle registration fees, failing to disclose that the dealership retained the excess fees, and other misrepresentations in violation of New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act.