“When I was a little kid in Trenton, NJ, some big kids “borrowed” my tricycle and never came back. I got a bigger kid to go with me to this one kid’s house, and I said, “You took my bike,” and from inside the house he said, “Prove it.” I know it sounds corny, but that’s been my life’s mission – to help other little kids get their bike back.” – Albert N. Thiel, Jr.
Albert N. Thiel, Jr. received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1970 from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md. After serving in U.S. Army Intelligence from 1970 to 1973, he studied law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1976.
Al was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar and to the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico in 1976. He was admitted to the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1980, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. Al was a member of a Los Angeles litigation firm and headed the firm's Albuquerque office before joining Will Ferguson & Associates in 1999. Since 1983, his primary area of emphasis has been personal injury litigation.
His early legal career was in government service as chief prosecutor and then head of the Public Safety and Personnel Division of the Legal Department of the City of Albuquerque. Al has trial experience in a wide range of civil cases but practices primarily wrongful death and personal injury law. He has handled appellate cases at all state and federal levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Al is a requested speaker at seminars involving insurance law and personal injury topics, including continuing legal education seminars organized by NBI Seminars.
Al has been married to his wife, Joyce, for more than 40 years. They have four adult children. In 2014 he was awarded a fifth-degree JKA black belt in Shodokan Karate. and won the fighting division in his age group at the National Camp in Panama. He continues to train with his karate club, JKA of New Mexico, as frequently as his work and family will allow.