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About Me

I am a trial attorney who represents plaintiffs in civil litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death cases resulting from medical malpractice, pharmacy error, government liability, automobile, truck and motorcycle crashes, and inadequate security/premises liability cases.  
I am a partner in the law firm of McGraw & Strickland, LLC, which I formed in 2011 with attorney Margaret Strickland.  Our litigation firm focuses on personal injury, criminal defense and civil rights.
Selected to the Southwest Super Lawyers "Rising Star" list in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 (Nominated in 2012-2014 as one of the top 40 attorneys in New Mexico under age 40).
Presented oral argument before the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2008.
Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, NM Public Defender Dept, 2007.


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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 15%
  3. Insurance: 10%
  4. Civil Rights: 10%
  5. Other: 40%
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Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Herbert Ira Ellis

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Herbert Ellis Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I have known Ms. McGraw since she started practicing in New Mexico. She is a very smart, talented, and hard working attorney. I endorse her without hesitation.


    Gregory Garvey Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

McGraw & Strickland, LLC

165 West Lucero
Las Cruces, NM, 88005


NMAuthorized to practice law200712/20/2011
TXInactive 200609/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardNew Mexico State Public Defender Department2007
Order of BarristersBaylor Law School2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyMcGraw & Strickland, LLC2011 - Present
AttorneyThe Pickett Law Firm, LLC2008 - 2011
Attorney, Felony LevelNew Mexico State Public Defender Department2006 - 2007
Indigent DefenseACLU of Texas2005 - 2005
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Downtown Las Cruces PartnershipOrganization and Governance Committee Chair2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2010 - Present
Young Philanthropists of Southern New MexicoBoard Member2010 - 2012
New Mexico Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - 2012
New Mexico Wilderness AllianceMember2008 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionFair Defense Project2005 - 2005
Publication NameTitleDate
Fair Defense Project, ACLU of TexasThe Hidden Consequences of a Misdemeanor Conviction2005
Citizens' Council on Health CareDistribution, Utilization and Impact of the MinnesotaCare Provider Tax1999
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)J.D.2006
Northwestern UniversityJournalism and American HistoryBachelor's of Science2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trial Tactics and StrategiesThe Art of Trial Objections2012
Pro Se ClinicExpunging Your Criminal Record2011
NMCDLA CLELeveling the Playing Field with Technology: Smart Tools in theOffice and High Tech Aides for the Courtroom2011
Pro Se ClinicExpunging Your Criminal Record2010