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Shammara Henderson

Criminal defense Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

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Learn Shammara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal and State

  2. Civil rights
    Civil Rights and Employment Law

  3. Personal injury
    Plaintiff's Injury, Medical Malpractice

Shammara H. Henderson practices in the areas of criminal defense, plaintiff’s injury, employment discrimination, civil rights, and victim representation. She is also a lobbyist and presents throughout the country on issues regarding law enforcement; heroin and opiate addiction; civil rights and criminal civil rights; and electronic discovery (eDiscovery).

Shammara was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she received a full ride with the highly competitive Frederick Douglass Scholarship.  Shammara received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she received the W.E. Bondurant Scholarship and University of New Mexico Graduate Fellowship.

After graduating from law school, Shammara clerked for Justice Charles W. Daniels at the New Mexico Supreme Court.  She started her career as a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, N.M., where she prosecuted DUI and domestic violence cases. After her stint as an Assistant District Attorney, she became the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Governor Bill Richardson. Shammara advised the governor’s office on legal matters ranging from pardons and paroles, criminal legislation, environmental legislation, and higher education. She regularly testified before the New Mexico Legislature on each of these issues.

In 2011, Shammara joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico.  There, she prosecuted everything from reactive narcotics, bank robberies and other burglaries, identification fraud, and child pornography cases including international child pornography cases. She focused on long term drug investigation cases, large drug trafficking organizations, and diversion cases. She also frequently prosecuted criminal civil rights cases, involving issues like excessive force, hate crimes, reproductive rights.  She successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases to include sentences up to 120 years.

Alongside her duties as a prosecutor, she engaged in extensive outreach with the community and law enforcement to ensure the best allocation of finite resources. She successfully promoted fairer enforcement of the laws to alleviate disparate impacts of the criminal justice system, especially racial impacts, and ensure more just punishments for low-level, nonviolent convictions. She advocated for bolstering prevention and reentry efforts to deter crime and reduce recidivism and strengthening protections for vulnerable populations.  She helped train federal and local law enforcement to work more closely with federal and state prosecutors to focus on the most violent criminals in the state. She developed and presented training and outreach programs across the state. Finally, Shammara practiced civil law, defending the United States in personal injury, civil rights, and employment discrimination cases.

Shammara is licensed to practice in New Mexico, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Licensed for 16 years
State NM
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/01/2017

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Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Wad PA
200 First Plaza
Suite 700
Albuquerque, NM, 87102


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias and WArd PA
  • 2018 - Present
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • Henderson & Grohman, PC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • US Attorney’s Office District of New Mexico
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Associate General Counsel
  • New Mexico Governor’s Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Board
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • Board Member at Large
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Mexico Black Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • National Bar Association
  • 2017
  • 40 Under 40
  • Albuquerque Business First
  • 2016

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
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"Shammara is a former prosecutor who has put her considerable talents to use representing individuals and defending their rights in court. I endorse this lawyer."
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Albuquerque Criminal defense Lawyer Shammara Henderson
Shammara Henderson
Criminal defense Attorney
Albuquerque, NM
Licensed for 16 years