Mike is a founding shareholder/owner of Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. Mike’s prestigious legal career began in 1988, when he received his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. 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. Mike has dedicated himself and his legal career to upholding the rights of the most vulnerable people throughout New Mexico.
Since 1988, Mike has dedicated his career to representing children and adults harmed by criminal, reckless and negligent conduct. His law practice pursues civil rights, justice, and compensation for the injuries suffered by victims of crime, and he has been recognized by the legal community numerous times for his success. Mike’s practice also extends to representing personal injury victims on motor vehicle automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents, slips or trip and fall injuries, construction accidents, and against insurance companies.
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. In 2018, Mike was honored by the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association for his extraordinary 30-year career working on behalf of children and victims of sexual abuse. Since 1998, he has also been honored with an AV-rating for ability and ethics, the highest possible rating from peer review site Martindale-Hubbell. He’s also been named as one of the Best Lawyers for his work on personal injury and civil rights cases. Other honor and awards include being recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer, being named Lawyer of the Year for personal injury in 2014 and being honored by the Albuquerque Bar Association as an Outstanding Lawyer.
Mike has been an active member of this community his entire life. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to study fine arts at Harvard University. After he graduated from Harvard University in 1984, Mike worked on public policy in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, Mike returned to New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico law School where he graduated in 1988.
Mike has dedicated his entire career to improving the lives of children and adult victims of crime. Most recently, Mike was an active leader on the team that pursued a class action against the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department that required CYFD to make institutional changes to keep children in foster care safe. He also recently accepted an appointment as a special prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute the cases in the rape kit backlog. He 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, and The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Board of Directors. He’s also served on many different non-profit boards, including serving as the President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and Legal FACS Board of Directors, as well as serving as a sustaining member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, UNM Law School Alumni Association, Pegasus Legal Services, the American Association of Justice (AAJ, the New Mexico Family Information Center, Crossroads for Women, and The Arc of New Mexico. Mike is also regularly asked to teach classes on civil remedies for victims of crime and ethics, and has volunteered to file amicus briefs in the New Mexico’s Court of Appeals on important issues that affect New Mexicans’ basic rights.
Mike is just one of the many skilled, renowned, and compassionate attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. Along with the rest of the team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., Mike takes the time to get to know his clients on an individual basis. This allows you to investigate your case and create an effective legal strategy to ensure your rights are upheld. He also knows that holding a negligent party accountable is an important process for many accident and crime victims, which is why he works so aggressively on your behalf. Our team is dedicated to upholding the law and ensuring our clients’ rights are respected throughout the legal process.