The New Mexico Supreme Court has the inherent power and duty to prescribe the qualifications that shall be required for admission to practice law; to admit persons to practice law; to prescribe standards of conduct for lawyers, and to determine the grounds for and to discipline lawyers for misconduct. The Supreme Court also has the authority to define the practice of law and to prohibit the unauthorized practice of law within the State of New Mexico.
Pursuant to its authority and jurisdiction, the Court has established the New Mexico Disciplinary Board and the rules and procedures regarding the investigation of alleged unethical conduct and the unauthorized practice of law. The procedures are designed to provide a thorough and objective review of the complaint of conduct and to resolve the matter in a way that is fair to those involved.
Daily operations of the Board and investigations and prosecution of allegations of attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law are performed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Please use the links on this page to obtain more information and complaint forms for allegations of attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law by former or non-attorneys.
You may file a free complaint about a lawyer or against a person or entity you allege is practicing law in New Mexico without a license in one of two ways:
We cannot accept email forms at this time. Please print and mail or fax forms.
Please complete the form and mail or fax it along with any supporting documents to:
2440 Louisiana NE, Suite 280
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110
Fax this form to 505-766-6833
Free Complaint Filing
The filing of a complaint with the Disciplinary Board costs nothing to the complainant. The Disciplinary Board is funded through fees paid annually by lawyers as part of the State Bar dues assessed against attorneys licensed in this state. The Disciplinary Board is not supported by taxes or other public money.
To search for a lawyer, formal disciplinary action, or our quarterly reports, please contact our office at
Hon. Cynthia Fry (Ret.), Chair
Howard Thomas, Esq., Vice-Chair
Deena L. Buchanan, Esq., Member
John M. Caraway, Esq., Member
Deborah M. DeMack, Esq., Member
Randy J. Knudson, Esq., Member
Hon. Irene Mirabal-Counts, Member
Doug Perrin, Esq., Member
Thomas Rothfeld, M.D., Member
Elizabeth J. Travis, Esq., Member
Alex C. Walker, Esq., Member
Vickie R. Wilcox, Esq., Member
Honorable Barbara J. Vigil, NM Supreme Court Liaison
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