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Jay R. Mueller

Family Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jay

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A straight-shooter, Jay R. Mueller focuses his practice on child custody, child welfare, divorce, domestic violence, DWI defense and family law. Jay brings a calm and sense of peace to his clients' often choatic situations. He has been a practicing attorney since 2002 and founded his firm in 2006.
Jay earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico Highlands University and studied law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. 
While a student, Jay served as both an enlisted member and later commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
He served with HHB, 6th BN, 200th Air Defense Artillery, New Mexico Army National Guard as well he was a First Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He has authored legal articles. His research concerning Navajo traditional law was published in the Tribal Law Journal at the University of New Mexico's School of Law. Jay is also currently writing a family law and child custody book for the general public.
During his legal studies, Jay worked on family law cases, DWI and criminal defense, as well as Native American issues. He researched family law issues for the Navajo Nation Solicitor and won his first DWI case in the Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Court. 
In the last several years Jay has received specialized legal training provided by the Children's Law Institute and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. This training has been focused on children's welfare law, mediation and conflict resolution, and courtroom techniques.
Jay has represented people with respect to divorce, child custody, domestic violence and DWI cases for over fourteen years! In the past we enjoyed a special relationship with the Second and Thirteenth Judicial District Children's Courts and continue to serve as Court-appointed counsel in various family law and children's court cases. Jay welcomes appointment as a guardian ad litem in "high conflict" child custody cases.
Jay has represented hundreds of parents, children, and teens in child custody, child support, domestic violence, divorces, and civil child abuse/neglect proceedings in various district courts and children's courts in Albuquerque, Grants, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Our law firm is based on the belief that our clients' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from returning clients and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best legal services possible.

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Law Office of Jay R Mueller
500 Marquette NW
Suite #1200
Albuquerque, NM, 87102


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Posted by Scott | December 11, 2020
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Great choice
Jay helped me with my divorce. He knows how the system works and how best to maneuver through it. He made some strategic moves at the right time that moved my case from a stall to being completed within 30 days.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2020
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Jay has been a big help during the most difficult time of my life. He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He is willing to listen and fight for me. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Fernenna | April 22, 2020
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Great attorney!
Mr Mueller, Has done an excellent job on my case. I’m a single, morther who had an ugly, divorce and child, custody case. Mr Mueller, took his time to explain, understand, and made me feel comfortable to hire him. I shopped around for attorneys, before and all they wanted is “money” not to interested about taking my case. Mr Mueller, Made me feel like I mattered and comfortable and called me just to check up on me before and after the hearings. Also just to check up on me to see if I’m doing okay. My money, has been spent well. I’ve spent over $15,000 on other Lawyers. And nothing got done money lost and time. Is the worst feeling. If you’re looking for a great attorney hire Mr. Mueller! You well not be disappointed.
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Posted by Jamie | April 7, 2020
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Always there for you
I went through 5 DWI's with Jay, and was only convicted of 3. He kept me out of jail and knew all my judges personally. He's a man of God and a man of his word. I highly recommend him to anyone! He'll get you what's better than fair and never judges his clients for their crimes. He's there to help defend you, and he will do an exceptional job.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2020
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excellent divorce attorney for a husband
Jay was always easy to reach via phone or email, and did an outstanding job of representing me in my divorce. Highly recommended!
Posted by Ms. Garnica | December 6, 2018
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Great lawyer and happy with overall services
I have hired four family lawyers over the years and due to my disappointment I end up going pro se! However, a few years later I found myself requiring legal services again and even though I was hesitant to dish out thousands of dollars again and take another risk trying to find a good lawyer I have to say I am so thankful I finally found Mr. Mueller! I have been extremely satisfied with the services I received. He was not only responsive and timely to all my emails, he was on time to all court hearings, provided me my legal documents timely but he was also affordable. The entire process felt more like a partnership versus just hiring a stranger to represent me. I didn't have to go through a secretary or a legal aid, I always communicated directly with Mr. Mueller. All of these factors are key not only from a financial perspective but when it comes to my children I need to know that my lawyer is truly fighting for me and not just collecting! Highly recommend
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Posted by Alyssa | June 27, 2018
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My attorney Jay is always available when i need to speak to him. He does his best to win the case.
Posted by Victoria | November 3, 2017
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A Fonominal laywer
Jay personally met with to talk about the terms of my case. He is very polite and knows his law. Jay is professional in that he wants all the deatils to best defend your case. He does not judge you in any way. He was very good with keeping in contact with me when i had legal concern questions. He is very afforable. He represents with integrity and respect.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
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Professional and a very competent family law attorney
Jay Mueller is a compassionate and competent attorney who goes out of his way to mediate an advocate for his clients.. He has helped me solve small domestic matters affordably when other lawyers might have tried to drag it out to get more money.. honest and upfront negotiator I was glad to have Jay Mueller in my corner..
Posted by Christina | November 2, 2017
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A passionate ally through the worst of times
I first hired Jay Mueller to help me write my will and then later to advocate for me in a conflict with my ex regarding division of property we had owned jointly. My ex was refusing to honor the terms of our agreement and he was able to secure an efficient and favorable outcome to the potentially prolonged and costly dispute. I have since recommended him to numerous family members, friends, clients and co-workers; none have had a negative experience. Working with him over the last six years has caused me to revise my general opinion of his profession upwards. I recommend him without reservation and plan to use his services again in an upcoming legal matter.
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Posted by Jamie | October 28, 2017
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Satisfied client
I have hired Jay Mueller on 4 different occasions for DWI cases. He met with me personally multiple times and gave sincere support and concrete advice. 2 of the 4 were dismissed and he kept me from doing jail time after all my mistakes. I would refer him to ANYONE. He is a brilliant God filled man and lawyer. And does all different kinds of cases not just dwi.
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Posted by Tamara | October 27, 2017
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Mr. Mueller is an advocate for all of his clients, whether it is a custody matter or an abuse and neglect matter.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2023
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Find anyone else
Jay was completely unprepared for my court date. He didn't prepare an argument, wasn't ready for cross-examination, and in fact didn't even review (or even have knowledge of) evidence the Plaintiff's brought to court. He actually advised me to admit to all of the allegations brought against me in writing prior to the initial court date so the judge would have "both sides of the story". I feel like I would have been better off with no attorney than with Jay.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Jay R. Mueller & Associates/Law Office of Jay R. Mueller, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2006 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Canoncito Navajo Tribal Court, To’Hajileehee, Navajo Nation
  • 1999 - 1999


  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • IMO Jesse D.
  • NMCA upheld children's court decision.
  • 2017-NMCA-058
  • affirmed lower court decision


  • New Mexico State Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Silver Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
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  • Native American Law: Alaskan Native, Canadian Aboriginal, and Federal Indian Law
  • Indian Casino Liability for Patron Tort Actions: The Ultimate Crapshoot for New Mexico’s Gaming Tribes
  • 2010
  • University of New Mexico School of Law Tribal Law Journal
  • Restoring Harmony through the Navajo Common Law of Torts: Can it be applied in State and Federal Forums?”
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Department of History and Political Science
  • adjunct faculty
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
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Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jay for many years and he is not only competent, but also responsive and compassionate. He is well aware of the dynamics of the practice of law and is an asset to any client."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Child custody
Child support