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Christopher K. P. Cardenas

Personal injury Attorney at Las Cruces, NM

4.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

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Justice. It seems such a simple phrase, yet hidden underneath are complexities which humanity has debated since the time of Socrates. What does justice mean? By what moral codes do we define justice? Does justice even exist beyond the human imagination? Questions like these drove me while I was a student at New Mexico State University studying for my Philosophy degree. As a result of my studies, I became fascinated by the law as a form of applied justice. I knew then that my calling was to be an attorney.

After graduating from NMSU in 2006, I decided to attend law school at Western New England University. While there I had many opportunities to immerse myself in the practice of law. I was selected to be an extern for the Honorable Robert Field of the Housing Court, a court which had jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters involving the use of residential property. I was also selected to be a student attorney in the Consumer Law Clinic, which allowed me to represent indigent clients who had been taken advantage of by businesses or landlords. 

After I graduated law school in 2010, I decided I was sick of the cold weather in Massachusetts and moved back to sunny New Mexico. I took the NM Bar Exam that summer and was admitted to the New Mexico bar in September 2010.  

In December 2011, I decided to become a prosecutor for the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where I worked for about a year and a half. Thanks to my time at the District Attorney’s office, I learned how to handle to fast pace of the legal profession (my caseload comprised of an average of 150 active cases), how to construct a case to overcome a heavy burden of proof, and how to protect a case against the attacks of opposing counsel. While at the District Attorney’s office, I also had the opportunity to be part of the Magistrate Drug Court program, which is dedicated to providing treatment services for repeat DWI offenders. Being part of Drug Court was one of my favorite experiences of being a prosecutor because it allowed me the opportunity to see the law used as a source of rehabilitation and healing.

After several years focusing on primarily criminal matters, I decided to further expand my experience in civil law, so I accepted a position at a local civil firm. During this time I worked to refine my skills in the civil law realm. I handled a wide range of cases from probate of wills to property disputes to divorce and child custody issues.

When I decided to open my own firm, I was determined to my it the goal in every case is to provide my clients with the best possible representation and to obtain the best possible result at the most reasonable price possible. “Seek Justice” is the motto I live by, and I will fight tooth and nail to see justice is done.

If you have a legal matter for which you are seeking effective representation, call the Cardenas Law Firm.

Now accepting cases for:

  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Property Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Breach of Contract
  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Appellate Practice
  • Torts

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Cardenas Law Firm LLC
602 N Alameda Blvd
Las Cruces, NM, 88005


4.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Austin | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Defense
Mr. Cardenas worked on my case for four years, all the way from the local magistrate circuit to New Mexico's Federal Court of Appeals, and he knocked it out of the park every time the ball was thrown his way. He has a sharp mind for law knows the best ways to work within the Justice system in order to achieve Justice. Every time our paths crossed, either in a court room or his personal office, I felt safer and more secure regarding my legal situation. Mr. Cardenas was always able to masterfully explain what the courts wanted from me, what my personal obligations were in the situation, and how justice could always be found on my side. I was constantly being reminded of how lucky I was to have met such a professional and competent lawyer in the face of such trying circumstances. He has a passion for Justice and knows the law inside and out. If you ever find yourself in a legal bind, you can feel confident knowing that Christopher Cardenas will give his all to get you Justice.
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Posted by Mearl | June 21, 2019
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Best of the best
An amazing lawyer, I highly recommend going to Mr. Cardenas to resolve legal issues that you have going on. From the top to bottom of hiring him he was extremely professional and knowledgeable, definitely worth hiring.
Posted by Jesse | January 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wicked good attorney
On multiple occasions have I used Chris. He has always put in his personal heart and soul to resolve my cases. Being from a small town where attorneys are few and far between, I hired Chris from out of town. He treated me fairly and made me feel like a human being and not just his next paycheck. I believe that he is the premiere attorney in the southwest. Money well spent and genuinely good people.
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Posted by Kwon | February 9, 2017
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Hands down, the best lawyer I've ever seen in a courtroom.
I hired originally Chris to represent me in a falsified restraining order case. Chris stopped the silver bullet not once, but twice. As a trial lawyer he stood in front of the judge and actually argued my case. When an objection was overruled, he had no problem objecting again for different reasons. He is passionate about children... and went out of his way to minimize the trauma that the courtroom often causes in young children. Following the restraining orders I hired him for custody, as my ex-wife continued to withhold visitation from me. The result is that I obtained sole custody as a result of my ex-wife's actions. It literally says in the court order that one reason I received sole custody is due to parental alienation.
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Posted by Roxanne Vasquez | January 20, 2017
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THank You Christopher Cardenas, we went in to talk and meet him not. knowing how or what the out come was going to be. we explained to him what kind of help we wanted for my daughter and we left him with all the info in his hands, and let me tell you one thing he did what we had asked for. for meeting you for the first time we have to say that your AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME thank you so much once again. Roxanne and Edwin
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Posted by Dana | January 8, 2015
Chris Knocked It Out of the Park!!
I went to Chris with a very personal problem that caused me immense stress and anxiety. He made me feel comfortable immediately. I messaged Chris often and he always replied to me, answering all my questions and making me feel at ease. In spite of just having a child, Chris still came to court for me and answered my questions when I am sure he would rather have been at home with his family. Chris is very knowledgeable of the law and worked hard to win my case for me....a HUGE relief. Even if we hadn't won I would still recommend him to anyone that needs a lawyer. Thank you Chris and staff at Lahann Law Firm!!!
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Posted by Rich | November 5, 2014
Exceeded my expectations!
Chris and staff were more than helpful through every step of the process. From the moment I walked into his office he made me feel comfortable and confident about my case. I told him what I wanted and he fought for nothing less and even had my case thrown out. Exceeded my expectations in every way!
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2014
Family Law
As anyone knows a Divorce is not easy on anyone especially when children are involved. Christopher took the time and listened and was very sensitive to our needs. We appreciated the fact that he kept us informed as communication is important to all parties involved. We highly recommend him and if the need ever arises for his services we will engage him again.
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Posted by Nicole | June 10, 2014
Christopher Cardenas represented me in a dui case in which I was very thankful. I believe because of his knowledge and actions he took is what made my case successful! Thank you Chris! I recommend you to anybody!
Posted by Bobby | April 28, 2014
Review from a previous employee and client
Attorney Cardenas is certainly someone I enjoy working with and often refer to for direction and advice, whether it be for professional needs, or a need for legal representation. I refer many potential clients to Attorney Cardenas and appreciate his willingness to admit his need to research versus presenting a "know it all" persona. I also appreciate his genuine concern for my case(s) or the clients I have referred.
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Posted by Lakisha | June 9, 2017
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Just need paperwork filed
I had a fairly straight forward case which was resolved to my satisfaction within a month (give or take a few days). The only reason I didn't award 5 stars is because from time to time there were some communication issues. Other than that I was happy with the services. I was extremely happy with the price. I would recommend Mr. Cardenas to anyone looking for a lawyer.
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Response from Christopher Cardenas May 11, 2022
Lakisha, Your case was resolved with your desired outcome, at an excellent price, and we were able to do so at a lightning-fast speed not typical in the legal profession. The communication issue you speak of was due to the fact we were unable to answer your question within a day. However, the amount of time you waited for a response was reasonable for the legal profession, especially considering we represent dozens of clients at a time. I appreciate you modifying the one-star review you originally gave us to closer reflect the 5-star service we provided you. Regards, Chris Cardenas
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cardenas Law Firm LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lahann Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Contract Attorney
  • Watson Law Office
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Third Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Christopher Cardenas
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • Western New England College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • New Mexico State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Austin Verret, 2019-NMCA-010
  • Reversed and Remanded
  • State v. Moore, 2016-NMCA-067
  • Reversed and Remanded


  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christopher is an excellent lawyer in Las Cruces. He has both criminal and civil experience and has tried cases in both areas which is increasingly rare. I would recommend him to any prospective client in Southern New Mexico and the surrounding area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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