F. Michael Hart
  • Partner





Mike is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy, Harvard University, UNM School of Law, and joined the firm in 1990. He has focused his practice on the representation of children and adults harmed by criminal, reckless and negligent conduct. His law practice pursues justice and compensation for the injuries suffered, and he has been recognized by the legal community numerous times for his success.

Mike started his practice in 1988 as a child abuse attorney, for the New Mexico Department of Human Services (now CYFD) and has been active throughout his career with organizations focusing on the legal claims of crime victims, including the National Crime Victims Bar Association, The National Crime Victims Law Institute, The Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and he has served as President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. Mike has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000, and has twice earned the Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. He has held Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for ability and ethics since 1998, is a “Southwest Superlawyer” and has received similar awards and recognition from many other organizations of lawyers, judges and others.

He is very active in the community and has served on several non-profit Boards providing critical services to needy members of the community, including Parents Reaching Out, Crossroads for Women, New Mexico Family Information Center, Pegasus Legal Services, The Arc of New Mexico, Albuquerque SANE, Legal FACS, and others.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Claims for Crime Victims

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Harvard University
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Fine Arts

Published Works

  • Aided-in-Agency: An established agency doctrine in New Mexico, NM Trial Lawyer's Association Journal, May/June, 2016
  • Dram Shop Liability, NM Trial Lawyers Association Journal, June, 2012

Representative Cases

  • Kevin J. v. Sager, 2000-NMCA-012, 128 N.M. 794, 999 P.2d 1026, establishing the deadlines for civil claims by adult survivors of childhood abuse
  • Kimbrell v. Kimbrell, 2014-NMSC-027, 331 P.3d 915, establishing a child's right to have independent advocacy in court


  • Civil Remedies for Victims of Crime, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2016
  • 35th Annual Update on NM Tort Law, NM Trial Lawyer's Association, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers-Personal Injury and Civil Rights
  • 2014 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year-Personal Injury
  • Southwest Superlawyers
  • AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Albuquerque Bar Association Outstanding Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2004 to 2005
  • National Crime Victim's Bar Association, Sustaining Member, 2000 to Present
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • National Crime Victims Law Institute
  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1994 to 2000
  • UNM Law School Alumni Association
  • UNM Law School Alumni Association, President, 1989 to 1999
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners , Board of Directors
  • Legal FACS Board of Directors, President, 2003 to 2004
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
  • Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member and Past President, 1990 to Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Albuquerque SANE Board of Directors


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