David B. Martinez
  • Partner





Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Award David B. Martinez 2018

David focuses his practice on automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents, slips or trip and fall injuries, and construction accidents, plaintiff's legal malpractice and claims against insurance companies.

Over the course of his legal career, David has helped thousands of injured New Mexicans and, their families to recover millions of dollars in settlements. He has earned a reputation for his loyalty and service to his clients. He has been rated AV by the other lawyers in the community for exercising the highest professional and ethical standards among attorneys. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for his work in personal injury law and Plaintiff's legal malpractice law. His 35 years of experience as an attorney have led him to understand that he can make a difference in the lives of injured individuals and their families by listening carefully to their problems and by thoroughly and aggressively investigating their cases.

David graduated from the Albuquerque Academy in 1974 and went on to study architecture and business at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. When he graduated in 1978, with his degree in Business Administration, David worked in Albuquerque for Springer Corporation and Springer Business Materials Corporation in accounting, finance, marketing, personnel and insurance. David attended the University of New Mexico Law School where he graduated in 1982. He was president of his law school class and received the Dean’s Award.

David also believes deeply in the value of education for the young people of the State of New Mexico. He assists at Duranes Elementary and has served on the Board of Trustees at Albuquerque Academy, Manzano Day School and Sandia Prep School. He has been a member of the board at University of New Mexico Law School for 32 years.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Insurance Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1982


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1982
    • Honors: Dean's Award
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 1978
    • Major: Business - Accounting and Marketing
  • Albuquerque Academy, 1974

    Representative Cases

    • Brunacini v. Kavanaugh, 869 P.2d 821,, 117 N.M. 122 (1993)
    • Montoya v. Mentor Corp., 122 N.M. 2,, 919 P.2d 410 (Ct. App. 1996)
    • Roux v. Lovelace Health System, Inc.,, 947 F.Supp. 1534 (D.N.M. 1996)

    Representative Clients

    • Farmer's Insurance Group, 1982-1995
    • National General Insurance Company, 1988-1995


    • Law Office Management, UNM Law School, 2004 to 2005
    • Law for Court Reporters, Mile High Court Reporting School, 1982 to 1984

    Honors and Awards

    • UNM Law School Dean’s Award, 1982
    • AV® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Best Lawyers in America – Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice Southwest Super Lawyers, 2009
    • UNM Law Student Bar Association President, 1981 - 1982
    • Super Lawyers for his work in personal injury law and Plaintiff’s legal malpractice law
    • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque 2

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • University of New Mexico Law School, Member, 1984 to 1992
    • State Bar of New Mexico
    • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) , Board of Directors
    • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
    • Sandia Prep School, Board of Trustees, 2001 to 2009
    • Albuquerque Academy Alumni Association, Alumni President, 1986 to 1987
    • Albuquerque Academy , Board of Trustees, 1987 to 1995
    • Manzano Day School, Board of Trustees, 1996 to 2000
    • UNM Law School , Adjunct Faculty Member, 2004 to Present
    • ACLU

    Past Employment Positions

    • Gilman, Maguire & Martinez, Partner, 1982 to 1992
    • Springer Building Materials Corporation, Accounting Development, Personnel Manager & Marketing Director, 1978 to 1979

    Ancillary Businesses

    • Guardian ad Litem representation of children & elderly


    • Spanish
    • English