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About Me

I help people with the hard stuff. I've been practicing law since 1983 and provide:

  • Conflict resolution consulting,

  • Debt and divorce law advice and representation, including managing student loans,

  • Bankruptcy avoidance consulting and ch.7 bankruptcy representation,

  • Pre-marriage and pre-small business formation auditing and consulting,

  • General counsel services (including trusts and wills), and

  • Mediation and settlement conference services,

to all New Mexico individuals, families and small businesses.


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Practice Areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
    22 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 35%
    8 years
  3. Mediation: 20%
    18 years
  4. Foreclosure: 5%
    7 years
  5. Trusts: 5%
    18 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Kathryn Ursula Tokarska

    I endorse this lawyer. I contacted Ms. Nelson for assistance on a case where debtor was a previous resident of New Mexico. I didn't even think she'd email me back, having 29 years under the belt in Bankruptcy I figured she might be too busy to answer. I emailed others too but no one responded. She emailed me back in a flash, even though obviously I wasn't contacting her as a possibly paying customer and out of courtesy and diligence she took the time to research and respond. This is the kind of lawyer you want to hire, one who cares about the person and the outcome and is helpful, regardless of bottom line. Others I emailed never answered, even just to say I'm too busy or can't help you.


    Kathryn Tokarska Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gini Nelson Law Office

1704 Llano Street (mail and delivery only)
Suite B No 303
Santa Fe, NM, 87505


NMAuthorized to practice law198606/04/2010
DCInactive 198305/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalGini Nelson Law Office1994 - 2015
Partner and ShareholderHuffaker, Nelson, and Barnes, PC1993 - 1994
Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant General CounselNew Mexico Environment Department1986 - 1993
Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Carlisle PrattDistrict Of Columbia Superior Court1984 - 1985
Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Franklin BurgessDistrict Of Columbia Superior Court1983 - 1984
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2015 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2008 - Present
1st Judicial District Court, State of New MexicoAccess to Justice Committee Member2008 - Present
New Mexico State Bar AssociationLaw Practice Management Committee Member2007 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
US v. State of New Mexico, 32 F. 3d 494 - Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 1994Environmental permit conditions placed on a controlled air incinerator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory by state administrative agency were affirmed.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #6 Contain if Necessary2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #2 Lawyers are Human, Too2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #3 Lawyers Can Be Quite Versatile2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp with the Hard Stuff - #8 Getting Commitment, not just Agreement2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #9 Be An Informed Shopper for your Legal Services2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #7 "The Goldilocks Principle"2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #10 Smith's, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods2013
Los Alamos Daily PostManaging Student Loans: As Serious as a Home Mortgage Obligation and Harder to Work Out (#1)2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #4 Best of All Prevent2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #5 Resolve If Possible2013
Los Alamos Daily PostHelp With the Hard Stuff - #1 Legal Process is All about Negotiation2013
online Bankruptcy Law NetworkMisc. Bankruptcy-related Posts, various publication dates2011
ABA's SOLO eNewsletterPepsi or Coke?2009
ABA's Law Trends & News Practice Area NewsletterMyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Applications in a Law Practice2008 (online, 2/07 - 9/09)Misc. negotiation and mediation interviews and articles2007
Los Alamos MonitorBiweekly Print Columnist on various alternative dispute resolution and conflict management issues (February 2002 – December 2003)2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of KansasSociologyMA - Masters1980
University of North DakotaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2014 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar ConferenceBuilding New Practices in the Changing Legal Market2014
Resolving Disputes Constructively (40 Hour Basic Mediation Training) -- NM Highlands U. Sch. of Social Work CE WorkshopHelp With the Hard Stuff: Difficult Conversations and the MBTI2013
Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2013 - National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of MassachusettsCo-Moderator: Online Communications & Trust2013
2013 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar ConferenceThe Changing Law Practice: Work Smarter Not Harder2013
Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2008 -- National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of MassachusettsBeyond same place, same time; an introduction to online dispute resolution tools for ADR professionals.2008
From Surviving to Thriving In Private Practice -- State Bar of New Mexico/Law Practice Management Committee CLEHaving Those Difficult Conversations: Personality and Professionalism2008
Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2007 -- National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of MassachusettsTaking Peacemaking Public2007
2007 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar Annual ConferenceWikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!2007
Conflict Management In Settlement Facilitation -- State of New Mexico First Judicial District CourtDealing with Personalities, Emotion and Conflict: How Your Conflict Style Affects Outcome2005
2005 Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Annual ConferenceThe New Brain, Descartes' Error, and Cultural Biology -- Applying the New Brain Studies Findings and Psychological Type Theories to Conflict Management Practice2005