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Kathleen Love


Introducing Kathy Love......


"I take cases where I can make a difference in the community--either through changes in the law, or policy changes that will make workplaces, products or systems safer for people.

I have always been committed to representing the "little guy" against the "big guys." I started my career as an assistant public defender where I became even more aware of the disparity of power between socio-economic groups. I met my now law partner, Randi McGinn, and was struck by the positive change that can be made through plaintiff's litigation and I knew that representing plaintiffs was what I was meant to do.

When clients come to me, it is usually because the worst thing in their lives has happened--a catastrophic injury, the wrongful death of a loved one. It is more satisfying than anything I ever dreamed of doing to help them face their grief and make changes that will prevent similar tragedies from happening to other people in the future." - Kathy Love




Legal Career

Rating by other lawyers:

  • AV rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America –
  • Rated by Super LawyersSouthwest Super Lawyers
  • McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A., 1995 – present
  • State of New Mexico Public Defender Department, metro and felony divisions, 1997 – 2000


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Visiting Law Student, 1995
  • Hanover College ( Hanover, Indiana), Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), B.S., Political Science, Telecommunications, Journalism, 1991
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 2001

Professional Organizations, Memberships and Service

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association

  • Board of Directors, 2004 – present, Secretary, 2011
  • President-Elect

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Journal

  • Columnist, “Record on Appeal”

American Association for Justice

  • Board of Governers, 2013-Present
  • Member

New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project 

  • Member, Board of Directors 2004 – 2007

Frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars with an emphasis in trial skills and case presentation

Appointed member of judicial nominating commissions

State Bar of New Mexico US District Court (Federal Court) New Mexico and Colorado - Equal Access & Justice

  • Board Member, 2014-Present

Community Involvement

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

  • Founding Member
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1997-1998; 2002-2006
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, 2004-2006

NARAL Pro Choice New Mexico

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2003-2007
  • President, Board of Directors, 2005-2007

NARAL Pro Choice America

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2005-2007

Albuquerque Public Schools, Career Enrichment Center

  • Mentor to High School Students

Adjunct Professor, Evidence and Trial Practice, University of New Mexico School of Law


  • Member, Board of Directors
  • President, board of Directors



Insights & Perspectives