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Ms. Priest is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubble. She is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in New Mexico as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Ms. Priest has been named one of New Mexico’s top litigators by the American Society of Legal Advocates and Southwest Super Lawyers. She is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association, the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Trial Law Institute, Diversity Law Institute, and the American Society of Legal Advocates.


Ms. Priest practices in the areas of insurance defense, professional negligence, medical malpractice defense, oil field injury litigation, natural gas plant accidents, products litigation, premises liability, bad faith and construction litigation.


Ms. Priest’s represented clients include companies and individuals insured and represented by Amtrust North America, Berkley Oil and Gas,  Hamlin & Burton, Admiral Insurance Company, BITCO, CHG Healthcare, CHRISTUS Health, Lovelace Health Systems, Superior Risk Management, Axis, Everest, Chubb/ACE, Liberty Mutual and Zurich Insurance Company.


Reported Cases:


  • Chavez v. Desert Eagle, et al., 141 N.M. 116, 151 P.3d 77 cert. denied, 141 N.M. 164, 152 P.2d 151.

  • Rodriguez v. Del Sol shopping Center, et al., 2014-NMSC-014, 326 P.3d 465

  • Great American Insurance Company of New York v. Western States Fire Protection Co., 730 F.Supp.2d 1308, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129168

  • Green v. The Neiders Company, 2015, No. 34,393.  Unpublished decision. 

  • Grano v. RKI Exploration and Production, 2019, No. A-1-CA-37329.  Unpublished decision.

  • Mikeska v. Las Cruces Regional Medical Center, 388 P.3d 266 (2016). 

  • Fireman’s Fund v. Thyssen Mining Construction of Canada, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 703 F.3d 488 (2012). 

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