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Gini S Nelson

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Santa Fe, NM

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Gini Nelson Law Office

  • State Years
    New Mexico - NM 37 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 40 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1983
    Unknown No misconduct found

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

About Gini

Learn Gini’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Advice and counseling relating to debt, including student loans, negotiation training, and bankruptcy, as well as representation in consumer individual and small business-related chapter 7 bankruptcy. Also includes foreclosure defense negotiation and mediation.

    17 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce law advice and counseling, negotiation training, pre-marriage and review, advice and counseling, and agreements.

    31 years

  3. Estate planning
    Wills and Trusts; Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate; Powers of Attorney

    22 years

  4. Family
    Advice, consultation, mediation of family issues including divorce, custody and support. Representation in "uncontested" cases (no court fights).

    31 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    Pre-marriage negotiations, mediation, and writing; and post-marriage agreements, as well.

    31 years

  6. Probate
    Including helping self-represented Personal Representatives in the county Probate courts.

    22 years

Hard working, caring, and wise -- I help people with the hard stuff. I provide:

  • Conflict resolution consulting,

  • Debt and divorce law advice and representation, including managing student loans,

  • Bankruptcy avoidance consulting and ch.7 bankruptcy representation,

  • Pre-marriage and pre-small business formation auditing and consulting,

  • General counsel services (including trusts and wills), and

  • Mediation and settlement conference services,

to all New Mexico individuals, families and small businesses.

Photos and videos

From May 1, 2015 feature in The Washington Post online:
I help with the hard stuff.


Gini Nelson Law Office
1704 Llano Street (mail and delivery only)
Suite B No 303
Santa Fe, NM, 87505


5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Edward | December 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I had a friend of mine who told me about one of the best Santa Fe Attorneys out there and she always tells me She's Gini. I also her about her from my attorneys before from which is also a leading law firm out here! That's how good she really is!
Posted by Robert | May 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Integrity
Went to Gini to discuss updating a will. She reviewed my current will and offered her advice. I respected her opinion and determined that I could trust her expertise. Thanks, I will highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
A trip to the Lawyer is like going to the Dentist. It will be painful. The question is how painful? Gini made our journey through the legal system far less stressful. Her knowledge and preparation guided us through the process smoothly and with very few bumps in the road.
Posted by Sasha | January 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very personable, effective, and quick on her feet.
Ms. Nelson is extremely thorough and answers all questions in a way that is easily understood. Very patient, knowledgable, efficient, conscious of time, and a very good listener. She stays on track! She helped me through a very confusing complex issue and I left her office feeling content and relieved. I HIGHLY recommend Ms. Nelson at the very MINIMUM for a consultation for any legal services you might need.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2012
Gini Nelson Review
Great representation-a wise and steady hand.


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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Gini Nelson Law Office
  • 1994 - Present
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Instructor, Family Law (for paralegals)
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Partner and Shareholder
  • Huffaker, Nelson, and Barnes, PC
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
  • Poole, Kelly, Ramo P.C.
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Instructor (PT), Environmental Courses for Technical Students
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant General Counsel
  • New Mexico Environment Department
  • 1986 - 1993
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Carlisle Pratt
  • District Of Columbia Superior Court
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Franklin Burgess
  • District Of Columbia Superior Court
  • 1983 - 1984
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Kansas
  • MA - Masters
  • 1980
  • University of North Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v. State of New Mexico, 32 F. 3d 494 - Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit 1994
  • Environmental permit conditions placed on a controlled air incinerator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory by state administrative agency were affirmed.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • 1st Judicial District Court, State of New Mexico
  • Access to Justice Committee Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • New Mexico State Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Committee Member
  • 2007 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 5%
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Pro Se Challenge Project/Outstanding Program - accepted as Chair
  • NM Bar Association
  • 1999


  • Los Alamos Monitor
  • Biweekly Print Columnist on various alternative dispute resolution and conflict management issues (February 2002 – December 2003)
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar Conference
  • Building New Practices in the Changing Legal Market
  • 2014
  • 2013 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar Conference
  • The Changing Law Practice: Work Smarter Not Harder
  • 2013
  • Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2013 - National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts
  • Co-Moderator: Online Communications & Trust
  • 2013
  • Resolving Disputes Constructively (40 Hour Basic Mediation Training) -- NM Highlands U. Sch. of Social Work CE Workshop
  • Help With the Hard Stuff: Difficult Conversations and the MBTI
  • 2013
  • Resolving Disputes Constructively (40-Hour Basic Mediation Training)
  • What Can Be Done With Mediation Skills (Panelist)
  • 2013
  • From Surviving to Thriving In Private Practice -- State Bar of New Mexico/Law Practice Management Committee CLE
  • Having Those Difficult Conversations: Personality and Professionalism
  • 2008
  • Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2008 -- National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts
  • Beyond same place, same time; an introduction to online dispute resolution tools for ADR professionals.
  • 2008
  • 2007 Annual Meeting -- NM Bench and Bar Annual Conference
  • Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!
  • 2007
  • Online Dispute Resolution, Cyberweek 2007 -- National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts
  • Taking Peacemaking Public
  • 2007
  • 2005 Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Annual Conference
  • The New Brain, Descartes' Error, and Cultural Biology -- Applying the New Brain Studies Findings and Psychological Type Theories to Conflict Management Practice
  • 2005
  • Conflict Management In Settlement Facilitation -- State of New Mexico First Judicial District Court
  • Dealing with Personalities, Emotion and Conflict: How Your Conflict Style Affects Outcome
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Endorse Gini
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have collaborated on various matters with Gini over the years. She is a capable, knowledgeable attorney. Most importantly, she cares deeply about her clients and obtaining positive results for them. She's a great legal resource in the Santa Fe area."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I contacted Ms. Nelson for assistance on a case where debtor was a previous resident of New Mexico. I didn't even think she'd email me back, having 29 years under the belt in Bankruptcy I figured she might be too busy to answer. I emailed others too but no one responded. She emailed me back in a flash, even though obviously I wasn't contacting her as a possibly paying customer and out of courtesy and diligence she took the time to research and respond. This is the kind of lawyer you want to hire, one who cares about the person and the outcome and is helpful, regardless of bottom line. Others I emailed never answered, even just to say I'm too busy or can't help you."
Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt

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Santa Fe Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Gini S Nelson
Gini S Nelson
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Santa Fe, NM
Licensed for 40 years

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