Professional Achievements

  • Prosecutor of the Year for the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office for 2016 
  • Nominated, Junior Prosecutor of the Year for 2014  
  • New Mexico State Bar's Young Lawyers Division mentorship program 


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of New Mexico, B.A, summa cum laude, 2009


Professional Experience

Ms. Gaines is an associate in the firm. Ms. Gaines' trial practice focuses on the defense of civil lawsuits in the areas of wrongful death, insurance law, medical malpractice, premises liability, and construction defect, including first party defense of insurance bad faith and breach of contract claims. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gaines worked as a prosecutor at the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office from 2012 to 2017. Over her five years at the District Attorney's office, she worked in the Metropolitan Court Division, Violent Crimes Division, Gangs Division, and Major Crimes Division. She prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from DWIs to complex multiple co-defendant homicide cases. Her experience also includes numerous bench and jury trials.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2012
  • United States District Court, District of New Mexico, 2018
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
  • New Mexico State Bar's Criminal Law Section
    Board Member, 2013 to 2016
    Chair Person, 2015
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