1201 Lomas Boulevard N.W., Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 842-0400        (505) 247-1539
Law Offices of Eric Sedillo Jeffries
Licensed in New Mexico & Colorado
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Welcome to the Law Offices of Eric Sedillo Jeffries.Eric S. Jeffries

I have been a trial lawyer for over thirty-five years. For more than twenty-five years I was primarily a defense attorney for insurance companies and their customers, mixed with several large Plaintiff cases. In 2006 I left my defense practice.

My practice is now primarily limited to business disputes, insurance litigation, probate litigation and complex civil litigation. I have rendered qualified, expert opinions in bad faith insurance cases.

I am an “AV” rated trial attorney and certified civil trial advocate in New Mexico and nationally (N.B.T.A.)

Background

    • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell (peer rating)
    • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate both nationally (N.B.T.A.) and in New Mexico
    • Member of New Mexico Committee on Certification of Trial Advocacy (2004-2011)
    • New Mexico State Bar - State Bar Commissioner for First District (1989-1991)
    • Disciplinary Counsel
    • Medical Legal Panel (1983-current)
    • Colorado State Bar (1976-current)
    • President, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (1991-1992)
    • Founder of Defense News, the publication of the N.M.D.L.A. (1991-1992)
    • Commissioner, Labor and Industrial Commission (2005-2010)
    • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
    • International Association of Special Investigation Units, I.A.S.I.U. - Counsel to NM Chapter (1997-2005)
    • Member of the Superintendent of Insurance's Advisory Group on Insurance Fraud (1999-2001, 2003-2005)
    • International Association of Arson Investigators, I.A.A.I. - Counsel to New Mexico Chapter
    • New Mexico Governor's Arson Task Force (1984-1986)
    • Nursing Home Litigation Task Force (2000-2003)
    • Frequent P.L.R.B. Committee Chair and Speaker (1994-2002)
    • Arbitrator, Mediator, CDRS certification - over 80 cases successfully mediated
    • H. Vearle Payne Inns of Court, Master Bencher; several local civic organizations; frequent speaker in and out of state to adjusters, investigators, lawyers and organizations on insurance issues, bad faith and trial practice

Selected Cases

I held positions as the Senior Trial Attorney in the office of the New Mexico Attorney General, Civil and Criminal divisions, including counsel to various state agencies, Acting Deputy District Attorney in office of Taos District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque, and Adjunct Professor of Business Law at College of Santa Fe. I founded and managed, for a decade, a very successful insurance defense firm of six to seven lawyers, while successfully trying several large Plaintiff cases. In 2006 I stopped practicing as an insurance defense attorney and became counsel for a variety of other clients.

  • State of New Mexico vs. Dr. Gerson Carr, 95 N.M. 755, 625 P.2d 292 (Ct.App.1981)

Prosecutor - trial, appeal and affirmation of 42 counts. New Mexico's first felony convictions of a medical doctor who prescribed narcotics outside the scope of his medical license.
  • State, ex rel. Alcohol Beverage Control vs. Garcia and El Sabino (1980)

Prosecutor - successful administrative hearings established hidden interests in liquor licenses, publicity helped reform New Mexico's liquor laws.
  • Suggs vs. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 833 F.2d 883 (10th Cir. 1987)

Defendant's counsel - trial and appellate, reversal of bad faith jury verdict which established good faith denial is a debatable defense in law and fact.
  • Zein-Elden vs. Farmers Alliance Mut. Ins. Co., 119 N.M. 370, 890 P.2d 823 (N.M.App. 1994)

Defendant's counsel - summary judgment case established New Mexico standards for defenses of lack of cooperation and intentional false material statement subsequently successfully dismissed.
  • Kehoe vs. Big J Enterprises, Inc., 124 N.M. 591, 953 P.2d 1089 (Ct.App.1997)

Plaintiff's counsel - trial, appeal, and affirmation of $560,000.00 jury verdict in a whistleblower case. Successfully cross-examined Defendant owner - then sitting Governor Gary Johnson.
  • City of Hobbs vs. Nutmeg Ins. Co., 162 F.3d 576, (10th Cir. 1998)

Plaintiff's counsel - reversal of dismissal in a bad faith failure to settle case, subsequently successfully tried to a jury verdict of $2.6 million.
  • Skofield vs. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society

Plaintiff's counsel - won 2002 class action bench award of $1,200,000.00 for overcharges of elderly residents under the New Mexico Continuing Care Act. The award was reduced and appealed by both parties. We won a major victory before the N.M. Supreme Court. Confidentially settled. One of the very few class action cases ever tried in New Mexico and nationally.
  • Cerro Grande Fire, Los Alamos, NM

Plaintiff's counsel - Represented approximately a third of the carriers on Cerro Grande Fire claims recovering several million dollars in statutory claims.
  • Tierra Concepts vs. LandAmerica Title, et.al

Plaintiffs' counsel in bad faith denial of title insurance coverage action. Satisfactorily settled in 2004.
  • Dell vs. Yoakum Construction

Plaintiff's counsel - Won a 2011 construction dispute in trial. Finally settled for over $500,000.

Contact Us

We will be glad to consult you on your needs. Please contact us at the following address or send us email.

Office:

1201 Lomas Boulevard N.W., Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Voice: (505) 842-0400
Fax: (505) 247-1539

Email: Eric Sedillo Jeffries

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