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ATTORNEY WORK EXPERIENCE

LAW OFFICES OF DEBORAH M. DEMACK, Albuquerque, NM 1/09 to present
Areas of Practice: Consumer bankruptcy (Ch. 7), bankruptcy litigation and appeals, consumer law (unfair and deceptive trade practices, debt collection defense), civil litigation, Inspection of Public Records Act.

LAW OFFICE OF GEORGE "DAVE" GIDDENS, P.C., Albuquerque, NM 6/14 - 2/15
Areas of Practice: Bankruptcy (consumer and business), debt collection defense, commercial litigation and real estate.

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, STATE OF NEW MEXICO, Santa Fe, NM 7/02-8/08
Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division: Investigated consumer complaints alleging unfair or deceptive business practices; prosecuted violators of the Unfair Practices Act and other laws. Advised and assisted consumers and Consumer Advocates. Analyzed and drafted legislation, testified before legislative committees, and otherwise represented the Office of the Attorney General before the Legislature. Engaged in community outreach.

OTHER LEGAL EXPERIENCE

OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY, Alameda, CA 10/00-6/01
Law Clerk: Researched and wrote legal opinions and memoranda of law for the City Council, municipal departments and agencies. Issues included civil rights, constitutional law, land use, public works, Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Records Act, torts and taxation. Assisted with the preparation of pleadings, resolutions, ordinances, writs of execution, and land use agreements. Prepared correspondence regarding legal requirements and procedures concerning the Municipal Code and state statutes.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, MARIN COUNTY, San Rafael, CA 8/00-6/01
Law Clerk: Researched and wrote motions and memoranda of law, including motions in opposition to motions to suppress evidence, speedy trial motions, motions to sever, deferred entry of judgment, and writs of habeas corpus. Reviewed case files, pleadings, police reports, warrants, court orders, affidavits, motions, and other legal documents.

OFFICES OF FRANÇOIS SORBA, San Mateo, CA 8/01-10/01
Law Clerk: Researched and wrote legal opinions and memoranda of law. Drafted pleadings and discovery requests. Issues included land use, zoning, water and property rights, and torts.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF NEVADA, Reno, NV Summer 1999
Judicial Extern, U.S. District Judge David W. Hagen: Researched and wrote bench memoranda, judicial opinions and orders. Issues included civil rights, environmental laws and regulations, civil and criminal procedure. Attended trials, hearings and sentencings.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, SAN MATEO COUNTY, So. San Francisco, CA Summer 1998
Law Clerk: Researched and wrote motions and memoranda of law, including speedy trial motions, motions to set aside guilty pleas, and motions in opposition to motions to suppress evidence. Interviewed and examined witnesses. Argued motions, bench trials, restitution and probation violation hearings.

EDUCATION

University of San Francisco School of Law
Juris Doctor
Public Interest Law Scholar
The University of Chicago
Master of Arts, History
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, History, with Honors

LICENSURE

New Mexico Bar License #14965 (admitted 2002)
10th Circuit Court of Appeals (admitted 2002)
United States District Court, District of New Mexico (admitted 2002)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Association of Consumer Advocates
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
Bankruptcy Law Section, State Bar Association of New Mexico

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS

Disciplinary Board, New Mexico Supreme Court (appointed January 2016)
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

PUBLISHED DECISIONS

In re Mendoza v. Montoya, Dollman v. Montoya (In re Dollman), 595 B.R. 849 (10th Cir. B.A.P. 2019)
In re Atwood v. GE MoneyBank, 452 B.R. 249 (Bank. D.N.M. 2011)


AWARDS

Public Interest Law Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999 Honors, University of California - Berkeley

CONFERENCES

The Holy Grail, Amending Bankruptcy Schedules & Claiming Exemptions, 2019

Bankruptcy Workshop -- Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy, 2014


CASES AND OUTCOMES

Dollman v. Montoya (In re Dollman); 595 B.R. 849 (10th Cir. BAP 2019)
Case established new law in the Tenth Circuit pertaining to bankruptcy cases & debtors' rights

Portfolio Recovery Associates v Chorlton; Case No. D-101-CV-2014-00928
Case dismissed with prejudice & all claims against consumer dismissed

Sunport Financial v. Schroud; Case No. D-1329-CV-2013-02086
Case established new law in NM: credit card accounts are subject to 4 year Statute of Limitations

CACH, LLC v. Guerrero; D-202-CV-2009-02022
Consumer Class Action Settled; Settlement to Class Members

In re Atwood v. GE Money Bank; 452 B.R. 249 (Bkrtcy. D.N.M. 2011)
Case settled; court decision published


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