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In re Envtl. Health Department's Petition to Adopt a New Regulation, No. A-1-CA-36883, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. June 4, 2020)

Sanchez v. Essentia Ins. Co., 2020-NMCA-009, 456 P.3d 1108

Sanchez v. Lujan, No. A-1-CA-35721, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2019)

Rodriguez v. Sanchez, 2019-NMCA-065, 451 P.3d 105

Nichols v. Bd. of Cnty. Commrs. of Taos Cnty., No. A-1-CA-36002, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Dec. 31, 2018)

Olson v. Olson, No. 35,707, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Apr. 3, 2017)

Sherman v. Cimarex Energy Co., 2014-NMCA-026, 318 P.3d 729

Carrasco v. City of Albuquerque, No. 33,269, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Nov. 26, 2014)

Peña-Kues v. Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Inc., No. 32,790, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Nov. 26, 2014)

Harrison v. Bd. of Regents of the Univ. of New Mexico, 2013-NMCA-105, 311 P.3d 1236

Speridian Technologies, LLC v. Amsol, Inc., No. 31,458, mem. op. (N.M. Ct. App. Dec. 12, 2013)

Edwin Smith, LLC v. Synergy Operating, LLC, 2012-NMSC-034, 285 P.3d 656

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Discretionary Review in Administrative Proceedings

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I am an experienced appellate lawyer and litigator.  My experience covers a range of subject matter that includes: personal injury and tort litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, environmental permitting and other regulatory matters, land use and quiet title litigation, shareholder disputes, among many other subjects.

Tim Atler





P: (505) 433-7670

F: (505) 212-3880

J.D., University of New Mexico, 2006

M.A., University of New Mexico, 2006

B.A., University of Michigan, 1998


New Mexico, 2006

United States District Court,

District of New Mexico, 2008

United States Court of Appeals,

Tenth Circuit, 2014

Navajo Nation, 2008 (inactive)


Atler Law Firm, P.C.


Jan. 2016 to Present

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, APC


Aug. 2008 to Dec. 2015

New Mexico Court of Appeals

Hon. Michael D. Bustamante

Judicial Law Clerk

Aug. 2006 to Jul. 2008


New Mexico Supreme Court

Appellate Rules Committee

Jan. 2016 to Present

Chair, Jan. 2019 to Present

State Bar of New Mexico

Appellate Practice Section

Board of Directors

2008 to 2018


Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:

AV Preeminent

Southwest SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2014 to Present

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2016

UNM A.H. McLeod Prize, 2006

UNM Helen S. Carter Writing Prize, 2006

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regional Champion, Regional Best Brief, National Quarterfinalist, 2005


(505) 212-3880


(505) 433-7670


State Bar of New Mexico

American Bar Association

Albuquerque Bar Association

New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association

Hispanic National Bar Association

I formed Atler Law Firm, P.C. to focus primarily on appellate work, although I continue to handle a number of matters at the trial level.  Concentrating on appeals allows me to be a better resource to other litigators who prefer to focus on trial practice and who appreciate the advantages of having an appellate practitioner involved.  I find working with other lawyers to be incredibly effective and rewarding because our strengths and expertise often complement one another.

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