Larissa received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. After graduation, Larissa joined prominent New Mexico civil rights firms, including one of the state’s most established firms, focusing her practice on representing individuals subjected to sexual violence and litigating claims related to law enforcement overuse of force. Larissa has long focused on claims involving civil rights, wrongful death, sexual violence, employment, medical malpractice, anti-trust, and general civil litigation. As a member of Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C., Larissa is ecstatic to continue her devotion to helping uplift the voices of those who have been injured.
Larissa is passionate about giving back to the community that has shaped her into who she is today and considers herself privileged to advocate on behalf of the dynamic people of New Mexico.
Larissa’s practice is centered on litigation for individuals who have been harmed and are looking to have their voices heard. In particular, Larissa handles claims related to wrongful death, civil rights claims, sexual violence claims, personal injury and motor vehicle incidents. Larissa’s commitment to standing up to bad actors alongside her clients, to reclaim their voices, is at the core of her practice.
Larissa is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Colorado.
While in law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Larissa was an editor on the New Mexico Law Review and had her casenote analyzing free speech in public schools published within the Review. Larissa was also a member of the UNM School of Law’s Admissions committee and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association moot court team. As a result of her strong writing and advocacy in the HNBA competition, in 2015, Larissa was awarded top honors for best written brief.
In 2020, Larissa was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers with its Top 40 Under 40 award, which is exclusive to trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law.
In 2021, based on her professional achievement, as well as her involvement and service in the community, Larissa was recognized by Albuquerque Business First with its 40 Under Forty award, which honors the best and brightest young professionals, under the age of 40, in New Mexico.
Larissa is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a proud 18th generation New Mexican with roots that extend into Arizona. She graduated from Sandia Prep and then obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in psychology and Spanish from Trinity University, in San Antonio, TX. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Larissa lived in both Seville and Madrid, Spain. While in Madrid, Larissa worked at El Centro Hispano Paraguayo, an organization set up to assist newly migrated immigrants into Spanish society. Immediately upon graduation from Trinity, Larissa returned home to New Mexico for law school.
Believing strongly in the adage that each person should help others wherever and however they can, Larissa fills her time outside the office by investing in her community. Larissa served on the Board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association from May 2017 until August 2019; from January 2018 to August 2019, she filled the role of Vice President of the organization, leading fundraising and outreach efforts. Larissa has also served on the Board of Cuidando Los Niños, a non-profit that helps lift children and families out of homelessness by combining high-quality early childhood education with proven support programs for parents, from May 2020 until April 2021. Larissa has also served on the Board of Crossroads for Women.
Currently, Larissa sits on the Board of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, which works to advance economic and social justice though education, advocacy, and litigation. Additionally, Larissa is on the Board of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers and on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. Larissa is also a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of New Mexico and has also worked with the ACLU on impact litigation to protect the public’s access to the court system throughout New Mexico. Additionally, as a proud graduate of Trinity University, Larissa is an Officer of the Albuquerque Alumni Chapter.