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Deena Buchanan

Personal injury Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Buchanan Law Firm, LLC

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
    New Mexico - NM 25 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 23 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2000
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Deena

Learn Deena’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I represent plaintiffs in tractor-trailer/trucking accidents, car accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, brain injury, explosion, fire, products liability and other injury cases.

    15 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I handle discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to hire/promote, harassment, hostile working environment, wage, and whistleblower cases for employees.

    26 years


Labor and Employment Law

Workplace law is tricky and the consequences of not following the law are serious. I represent individuals and small business owners when they need employment law help.

For employees: Have you suffered from discrimination or hostile working environment at work? Were you fired illegally or not hired for a job that you were qualified for based on discrmination? Were you harassed by a boss or co-worker because of your age, gender, race, religion, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation or national origin? Did your employer retaliate against you for reporting something illegal at work? Have you not received overtime pay or have you been paid less than your employer owed you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a legal claim and you deserve a strong, hard-working lawyer to fight for your rights. I only take cases that I believe have strong legal merit and I will not get paid until you receive a settlement, verdict or other award.

Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Brain Injury

The types of injuries I deal with can create a ripple effect that changes everything for a whole family in an instant. I understand and have over two decades of experience fighting these fights. When I worked for insurance companies, I often handled cases worth tens of millions of dollars.  I have litigated wrongful death cases, trucking cases, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, explosion cases, fires, construction site accidents, slip/falls, dramshop (overservice of alcohol cases) and medical malpractice suits.  I have had much success at trial. When I was badly hurt in a car accident several years ago and went through a long recovery process, I decided that someday, I would start my own practice to fight for the little guy. It is far more rewarding representing people.  

Workers Compensation

We represent injured workers. I have worked in the construction industry, so I understand that too many accidents happen on jobsites.  One accident can change a workers' life and can turn a productive wage-earner into someone who relies on his or her family to survive. We know it is demoralizing and many of our clients live in pain.  We are empathetic and thorough to help our clients get fair treatment in the process.

Background and Experience

I have been licensed to practice law in New Mexico since 1998. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with highest honors in 1995. At Pitt, I sang with the internationally touring a cappella Heinz Chapel Choir and served in student government. In 1998, I graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center after serving as an Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. After law school, I moved to New Mexico to begin a career at a large firm in Albuquerque. I later practiced with large firms and a Fortune 500 company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, gaining great experience on cases that drew national attention.

In 2008, I brought my family back to New Mexico, where I continued to get trial and litigation experience in all aspects of injury law, trucking cases, explosions, oil field accidents, drunk driver accidents, service of alcohol cases, wrongful death, medical malpractice and employment law. I founded the Buchanan Law Firm, LLC in 2019. I am “AV-Preeminent” peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a national independent peer review group, and have received high praise from clients, mediators, judges and other lawyers.

Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the amazing outdoors throughout New Mexico and the Southwest. I am an avid skier, nature photographer, hiker and have been known to cast a fly now and then. My family is now based in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
5345 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Suite 202
Albuquerque, NM, 87109

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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Abirra Nartel | July 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I met Atty. Deena Buchanan and discussed the possibility of a constructive dismissal situation at work. She provided me with objective advice that helped me see the best thing for me to do and keep a positive attitude at work. After several months, I have now been given a larger and more exciting mandate at work. I would highly recommend Atty. Deena to anyone in need of employment law attorneys in albuquerque new mexico and also
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Hiring discrimination by religious non profit organization
While this attorney is unable to represent my particular situation, Deena Buchanan still gave me her time to look up NM statutes and provide me with the right people to contact as well as finding the right phone numbers for me to call. She was selflessly helpful, resourceful, and compassionate. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much Deena! Sincerely, Amy
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Deena was extremely helpful, professional, insightful, balanced, and courteous in dealing with my grievances. She is fair, thoughtful yet aggressive in her approach.
Posted by Lisa | May 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I consulted Deena Buchanan on an employment matter. I was very impressed with the attention and care she gave it and her willingness to **listen** to what I wanted. Very good at explaining points of the law and options. Personable. Easy to get a hold of, and she always got back to me when she said she would. I really felt like I was being listened to and getting good legal information. It's clear she has a passion for helping employees who have experienced discriminatory behavior in the workplace. I would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Joanna | April 17, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Efficient and successful
Deena helped me with a difficult situation quickly and was very effective. She was very responsive and sensitive to my legal issue and gave helpful advice. Not only was I very impressed on how fast she was able to assist me, but how she completely understood what I needed. She listened to what I needed and helped me get it all. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attentive and caring attorney
I just spoke with Deena and she listened to my issue of concern while looking for facts that would apply to the law for both parties. Although she did not see a concrete case, she provided possible alternatives to get me back in motion (self-esteem and self-worth). For me, it's not always about righting a wrong but getting back in the game. I am truly grateful that she was available for a quick phone consultation. I would definitely look her again if a situation or the need arises. PS... Thank you, Deena and have a great weekend.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/ Owner
  • Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shareholder/ Albuquerque Managing Partner
  • Ray, McChristian & Jeans, PC
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Olsen, Parden & Williams, PC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Of Counsel
  • Archibeque Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Counsel
  • Collins & Collins
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Will Ferguson & Associates
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Counsel
  • Miller Stratvert
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Toll Brothers, Inc.
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Wolf Block Schorr & Solis Cohen
  • 2001 - 2005
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  • Georgetown University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Head, et al. v. Saia Motor Freight Lines, LLC
  • Complete verdict for my client.
  • Nephew v. Feuchter
  • Trial victory


  • New Mexico Disciplinary Board
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • BNI
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • New Mexico State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators - New Mexico
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • 2018
  • AV - Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • St. Thomas More Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1998
  • Administrative Editor - Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1997
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  • ABA GPSolo Magazine
  • How to Cope When Opposing Counsel is a Jerk
  • 2009
  • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Strange Bedfellows? Married Lawyers and Conflicts of Interest
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • TADC/NMDLA 2018 West Texas Seminar
  • Litigating Like a Hometowner
  • 2018
  • TADC/NMDLA 2017 West Texas Seminar
  • Litigating Like a Hometowner
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Deena
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deena has more than two decades of experience to draw upon. She is a Go-To for employment law issues. I am pleased we got to work together as recently as December of 2020."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Deena through a national group of attorneys and when issues arise for my clients in New Mexico, Deena is the first person I would call."
Trucking accident Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deena defended a trucking company in a very serious wrongful death case that I handled against her. She exhibited vast knowledge for the federal regulations which govern trucking companies as well other relevant expertise in the transportation arena. She was always professional and well prepared. Deena is bright, articulate and a very zealous advocate for her clients. Anyone seriously injured in a trucking accident would make a wise choice by hiring a trial lawyer the caliber of Deena."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deena is hard working and smart. She fights hard for her clients. She is a professional and knowledgeable of her area of practice. I enjoyed working with her."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Deena many times on many different types of matters. She is brilliant and spot-on with her intellect, insight and quick wit. She has my vote."
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