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John F. Moon Samore

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    For almost thirty years, John Samore has emphasized professional competence and personal service.  After ten years in a general law, Mr. Samore  focused his practice almost entirely on two challenging areas: families in crisis and defending persons accused of criminal conduct.

    Mr. Samore acquired his appreciation for the law from his father, Edward, who practiced 57 years.  Both gentlemen  graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law.  Admitted to practice in New Mexico in 1989, John Samore has effectively represented almost 1000 accused of criminal conduct and handled 300 family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, and time-sharing.  As with any of the state's best attorneys, his clients have found successful results at the trial, pre-trial, and appellate levels.  He believes a case is built by personally working closely with each client.  Respect for the personal struggle of the entire families is always a paramount concern

    Mr. Samore has served as  member or officer of many recognized professional organizations including the Medical Review Panel, New Mexico Criminal Defense Attorney Association, and the state bar.  He twice served terms as Chair of the Medical Review Panel, New Mexico Criminal Defense Attorney Association, Professionalism Committee for nine years, and Fee Arbitration Committee for sixteen years.  He has his Masters Degree in Business Labor Law and J. D. from University of Iowa in 1980 and was admitted to United States Supreme Court 1981, New Mexico Bar 1989.  Mr. Samore has spoken to professional organizations on various matters including trial practice, minority representation, and defending DWI.

Fresh out of law school, John twice ran in the Olympic Trials, representing the USA in seven international meets, and earning two national championships himself.  He and his wife have six children and three grandchildren.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    31 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  2. Divorce: 20%
    31 years, 350 cases
  3. Sex Crime: 20%
    31 years, 150 cases
  4. Family: 10%
    31 years, 350 cases


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert P. Matteucci Jr.

    I have worked with John as the opposing counsel in several cases. John is an assertive advocate for his clients, but he also knows how to find common ground and, if possible, settle cases without going to Court. He is very professional and knowledgeable regarding family law.


    Robert Matteucci Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Matthew Joseph O'Neill Esq.

    I endorse this lawyer. John is an excellent attorney and knows how to handle a criminal defense case. He has experience and a sharp mind. He is a good attorney and an excellent choice for anyone.


    Matthew O'Neill Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Samore Law

300 Central Ave SW
Suite 2500W
Albuquerque, NM, 87102


NMAuthorized to practice law198911/28/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
HonorsState Bar of New MexicoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSamore Law1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationProfessionalism Committee1998 - Present
New Mexico Defense Lawyers AssociationChair, Solo and Small Firm Section1996 - Present
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationChair, Medical Review PanelN/A
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationFee Arbitration CommitteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
STATE V. JEREMIAH G [Violent Crime - Murder]Dismissed
UNITED SATES V. MARK C. [Violent Crime - Assault with a weapon]Not Guilty
UNITED STATES V. Mr. F. [Sex Offense]Not Guilty on Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
For the Defense (New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Reel to Real2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of Iowa College of LawBusiness Labor LawMA - Masters1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Review, Continuing Legal Education (CLE)Lead Speaker2011