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Slate James Stern

Personal injury Attorney at Santa Fe, NM

5.0   11 reviews

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At Stern Law, Slate J. Stern represents clients in personal injury and business litigation issues. Mr. Stern has called New Mexico home for more than two decades. In that time, he has successfully held negligent parties accountable for a client's losses and helped business owners protect and grow their enterprises.

Mr. Stern's practice areas are comprehensive. He has obtained six- and seven-figure awards for people who have suffered incidents that include trucking accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice and explosions. When it comes to business law, he represents clients in partnership disputes, insurance matters, real estate disputes, business torts, and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty. He has represented clients before both state and federal courts. Mr. Stern is also a seasoned negotiator who helps clients resolve matters without going to litigation.

As a testament to his achievements, Mr. Stern has earned honors that include a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; being listed in America's Top 100 Attorneys; receiving the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; and being named a Super Lawyer.

Mr. Stern received an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin. He earned a law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and holds a Master of Arts in liberal arts from St. John's College.

Outside of his office, Mr. Stern regularly volunteers for local organizations. He also enjoys extreme outdoor activities. Mr. Stern has competed in the Ironman triathlon, climbed Mount Everest and pulled a sled from Siberia to the North Pole.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Licensed for 29 years
State HI
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/22/2022
State NM
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 01/15/2020

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

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Slate Stern Law
1701 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM, 87505

Reviews

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Posted by Ivy | June 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!
While searching for a lawyer, I searched for "best lawyer in Santa Fe, NM". Slate Stern popped up and although I read all the positive reviews I waited a few days before I sent him the summary of our situation on his website. Within 10 minutes, I received a response. He is by far the best lawyer we could ask for!! He listened and immediately did his research and educated us on NM laws concerning Trust and Last Will. He is by far the most caring, professional and knowledgeable attorney. Don't hesitate or wait like I did!! Hire this lawyer and you will not be disappointed with his high quality service. Mr Stern deserves 10 stars!! My family and I thank you whole heartedly for your hard work!!
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Posted by Don | February 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent!
Excellent lawyer! I think he is one of the best in the valley. I only know of a few law firms in Santa Fe NM who are really good and it's him and folks over at http://thebennettlawgroup.com/about/ who really do offer quality legal services!
Posted by Beverly | September 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True Professional
We reaped the benefits of the Stern Law Firm's knowledge, experience and strategic approach in an important business matter. Above all, Mr. Stern knows how to protect his client's interests while maintaining dual respect for both client and adversary. This isn't a know-it-all lawyer, but one who truly listens and cares.
Posted by Desiree | August 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely effective in solving my real estate legal problem
Through no fault of our own my husband and I found ourselves in a complex legal situation. We had trouble finding a lawyer willing to help, and had we lost the case it would have been financially devastating to us. Slate genuinely wanted to help, not only was he effective and efficient in resolving my case, his calm and empathetic demeanor was emotionally reassuring throughout the ordeal.  We whole heartedly recommend him.
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Posted by Damon | August 6, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Great performance
I have used Slate for his professional expertise and he has performed with characteristic aplomb. Slate helped us out in a situation. He was responsive and prompt in finding a quick resolution. I definitely recommend him if you need help”
Posted by Kalon | August 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Slate is one of the most patient, kind, and compassionate people, let alone attorneys, I've ever met. He managed to make me feel confident and optimistic about an otherwise overwhelming situation. Most importantly, he took a case others said could last 2+ years and won it for me in less than a month!
Posted by EIG | July 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Versatile and excellent
I would never have expected to need a lawyer as many times as I've had in my life. Slate has helped me with two releastate matters, one involving banking issues and one involving easement issues. I also ended up having the need to negotiate with a prior employer on a severance. In all three matters Slate excelled in representing me and finding a very satisfactory way to resolve the matters. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Joseph | June 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch - Highly recommended
I highly recommend Slate. He helped me tremendously. In a time crunch no less. He is very responsive, professional and replied back to me right away. He also gave me peace of mind while discussing my legal matter as he is very knowledgable in his field.
Posted by AMD | June 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney
Slate has resolved numerous cases I have referred to him. He is one of the best attorneys in Santa Fe, in my opinion. He is not only experienced and knowledgeable, he is caring and compassionate. All these qualities combined are just not that easy to come by in an attorney. Slate has resolved personal injury, personal and commercial lease and other business matters with great efficiency. I recommend him with full confidence.
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Posted by Gal | January 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Slate's name was given to me by a mutual friend who described Slate as an intelligent lawyer with an athlete’s competitive spirit. He has climbed Mount Everest and competed in the Ironman. Slate was a wonderful and tenacious representative of calm preparedness during what became a lengthy and complex lawsuit that had life changing consequences for me. I so appreciated his knowledge, his calming presence, and his polite and respectful attitude in the courtroom, and outside of it. He helped me to stay focused on the larger picture, and he worked on my case in a caring and timely manner.
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Posted by Jeffrey | January 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Slate helped
Slate Stern helped me navigate a tricky real estate dispute with the title company . Slate was a great advocate for me - thought "outside the box" - and was able to resolve the matter timely and to my satisfaction. If I'm ever in need of an attorney in the future, I will definitely call Slate.
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Cost

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  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Slate Stern Law
  • 1994 - Present
  • Committee Member
  • New Mexico State Bar Ethics Committee
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • 1997 - 2019

Education

  • St. John's College
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Associations

  • New Mexico State Bar Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • N/A
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top High Stakes Litigator
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Chalice Award recognition Outstanding Service & Leadership
  • New Mexico School for the Arts
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
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Publications

  • The Journal of the New Mexico Trial Lawyer's Foundation
  • The Rules Are Changing: When Should You Consider Establishing A Medicare Set-Aside Fund in a Liability Case
  • 2017
  • The Warrior
  • It All Started With This Voicemail
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Slate handled among the most difficult and contentious estates that you can imagine with dignity for the deceased and his children and professional composure toward the ex-wife of the deceased. Numerous loose ends that he tied and managed to resolve all of the issues. My hat's off to him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Slate Stern is an incredibly passionate attorney who is serious about helping his clients. I share office space with Mr. Stern and I have seen his hardworking spirit radiate as he works diligently towards building strong cases. I highly recommend this attorney!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Slate is an outstanding attorney. He is smart, creative and tenacious. He puts his heart and soul into each client's case. He is willing to work day and night to get the best result for his client. I'm proud to call him my friend and colleague."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Santa Fe Personal injury Lawyer Slate James Stern
Slate James Stern
Personal injury Attorney
Santa Fe, NM
Licensed for 29 years