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ERICA R. NEFF

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Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent

Erica R. Neff, AssociateMs. Neff has devoted her career to civil defense and the advancement of her clients' rights. She received the prestigious rating of AV Preeminent from her peers under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review system, based upon a finding that she meets the organization's very high General Ethical Standards and that she practices at the highest level of professional excellence. Ms. Neff's practice includes the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith issues, unfair claim and trade practice suits, products liability, commercial liability, construction defects, personal injury, property damage, and workers' compensation. She has tried multiple cases to verdict in both bench trials and jury trials, and her appellate experience is reflected in several New Mexico Court of Appeals and Supreme Court opinions. In 2013, Ms. Neff was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, she was named a Southwest Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Neff devotes time to a variety of organizations and publications. Since 2012, she has served on the Editorial Board of Defense News, which is the quarterly publication of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. She has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Defense News since 2014. Ms. Neff was named to the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2013 and continues to serve the community in that capacity. Ms. Neff has also been an active member of the H. Vearle Payne American Inn of Court.

Ms. Neff believes that mentorship and volunteerism are critical components of a successful and meaningful legal practice. As such, she enjoys mentoring associates both within and outside of the firm. She also helps coordinate the firm's annual charity drive, which typically aims to address the needs of a different family or cause each year.

A native of Montana, Ms. Neff enjoys hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities in her spare time.

Practice Areas
Insurance Bad Faith, Unfair Claims Practices, and Unfair Trade Practices
Appellate Practice
Auto and Commercial Liability
Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice
Products Liability
Construction Defects
Real Estate, Homeowners' Associations, Land Use, and Development
Workers' Compensation

Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
Young Lawyer of the Year: 2013 (New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association)
Super Lawyers: 2015 Southwest Rising Star
Super Lawyers: 2016 Southwest Rising Star
Super Lawyers: 2017 Southwest Rising Star

Publications
New Mexico's Legal Community Maintains Year-Round Tradition of Generosity,
Defense News, Winter 2012/2013
Medicare Secondary Payer Reform: The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying
Taxpayers Act,
Defense News, Spring 2013
Untangling the Web: Differentiating Between Raskob and Hovet Claims to Determine
the Proper Scope of Discovery,
Defense News, Fall 2013
For Those of You Scratching Your Head Over Double Costs Awarded in Estate of Lajeuenesse v. Board of Regents ... Good News!, Defense News, Winter 2013/2014
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Quarterly Publications of Defense News, Fall 2014 to Present

Bar Admissions
State of New Mexico
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico

Education
University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Dean's List

Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia
Bachelor of Health Science, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (Editorial Board Member: 2012 — Present; Co-Editor in Chief: 2014-2016)
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
Albuquerque Bar Association — Board of Directors (2013-present)


Email Erica R. Neff at: eneff@obrienlawoffice.com

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O'BRIEN & PADILLA, P.C.
6000 Indian School Road NE
Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 883-8181
Facsimile: (505) 883-3232

Shareholders
Daniel J. O'Brien *
Richard M. Padilla
Alicia M. Santos
Erica R. Neff *

Associates
Nicholas J. Trost
Devon P. Moody
Kerri L. Allensworth

* Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV