“I’ve always been an activist, someone who seeks to right wrongs. Trial work is where I can do that best. On a day to day basis, all sorts of cases and challenges come through the door, and I like that.” – Martin J. Chávez
Martin J. Chávez was raised in Albuquerque and graduated in 1975 from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s degree in University Studies. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978, following in the footsteps of his father, Lorenzo A. Chávez, and becoming the second generation of his family to graduate from there. He worked in private civil trial practice until 1986, when he was appointed the founding director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration.
Marty continued to practice law during his five-year tenure as a member of the New Mexico Senate from 1986 until 1993 where he sponsored early voting and health care insurance for children. He served as Mayor of the City of Albuquerque for three terms (1993-1997, 2001-2005, 2005-2009). As mayor, his work led the city to be recognized for job creation, sustainability, livability, water conservation and business friendliness.
Under his leadership, Albuquerque was recognized as a “smart city” and as a technological innovator. He partnered with the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories, educators, and leading entrepreneurs to create the first charter school in New Mexico dedicated to math and science education. The school was the first in the state’s history to send an entire graduating class to college.
Martin Chavez is proud to have represented New Mexicans from across the State in catastrophic personal injury cases, medical malpractice litigation and individuals who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous insurance carriers.
Marty serves on the Board of Directors of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), America’s leading Latino Civil Rights Organization and on the Board of Directors of American Rivers, an organization dedicated to restoring and preserving America’s rivers.
He is the father of two adult children and his favorite hobby is fly-fishing.