Law Office of George "Dave" Giddens, P.C.

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Firm Overview

The Law Office of George "Dave" Giddens, P.C. dedicates its practice to providing businesses and individuals in New Mexico with high value legal services in the areas of bankruptcy (both commercial and consumer), creditor and debtor relations, commercial and real estate litigation, real estate, commercial and secured transactions, estate planning and personal injury.

A practicing attorney since 1983, Mr. Giddens practices in the areas of bankruptcy; civil and commercial litigation; bank collections, foreclosures and documentation; and real estate transactions and litigation. Known for his professional abilities and ethics, he received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent) for his superior ethics and professional abilities. He was selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He was also named a Top Rated Lawyer for Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy in 2013; a Southwest Super Lawyer in 2009, 2012 and 2013 in the practice area of bankruptcy; and an honoree for Best of the Bar 2011/Bankruptcy by New Mexico Business Weekly.

The firm hired H. Jesse Jacobus in 2013 to represent individuals and companies in civil litigation matters, including personal injury, employment law, construction law, worker's compensation, real estate and contract disputes. A graduate of the Chicago Kent College of Law, Mr. Jacobus was named a Future Litigation Star in 2013 by Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys and a Southwest Rising Star in 2012 by Southwest Super Lawyers. Furthermore, he received the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for his superior ethics and professional abilities.

Dean Cross has over 25 years of experience as an attorney in New Mexico in the practice areas of estate planning, taxation and commercial litigation. In his current role, Mr. Cross focuses on estate and tax planning, business formation, business and corporate representation, commercial litigation and tax controversy litigation. Mr. Cross earned a bachelor of accountancy and a law degree, both from the University of Oklahoma. He also earned a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Taxation from the University of Miami College of Law and is currently completing a Masters of Law in estate planning from the same university.

Chris Gatton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law where he received the 2009 Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy from the American Bankruptcy Institute. A member of the Bankruptcy Law section of the State Bar of New Mexico, Mr. Gatton practices primarily in bankruptcy representing individual and small business debtors and creditors in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases.

Denise Trujillo earned both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of New Mexico. A member of the Bankruptcy and Solo and Small Firm sections of the State Bar of New Mexico, she practices in consumer and business bankruptcy (Chapters 7, 11 and 13) and creditor/debtor rights.

Ann Washburn earned her law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Licensed in New Mexico and Texas, she practices in the areas of bankruptcy and civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Giddens' goal at his firm is to exceed client expectations in all aspects of their experience with the firm. Recognized by their clients and their peers as being among the best in their field, the firm's attorneys are respected not only because of their professional abilities as counselors and litigators, but because they are committed to finding the best solution for their clients' individual needs. They work hard to solve clients' problems without litigation; however, if litigation is necessary, they are aggressive in the courtroom when it's in their clients' best interests. As communication is paramount in a client/attorney relationship, the attorneys ensure that their clients clearly understand the legal issues involved in their specific situation. In addition, clients receive a high level of personal service: The support staff keep clients up-to-date on the status of their case and are committed to returning calls promptly.

At the Law Office of George "Dave" Giddens, the staff and attorneys are committed to providing peace of mind by exceeding clients' expectations in some of life's most stressful situations. For a free consultation, please contact our office at (505) 271-1053.

Example cases

Reported cases:
• Isler v. TXO, 749 F.2d 22 (10th Cir. 1984)
• GNMA v. RTC, 802 F. Supp. 387 (D. Ct. N.M. 1992)
• Minuteman v. Alexander, 166 B.R. 729 (Bankruptcy. N.M. 1993)
• Outlook/Century, Ltd., 127 B.R. 650 (Bankruptcy. N.D. Calif. 1991)
• PCA v. Lane, 61B.R. 526 (Bankruptcy. D. N.M. 1986)

Main Office

Main
10400 Academy Road NE
Suite 350
Albuquerque  NM  87111

Phone
  • (505) 271-1053
Fax
  • (505) 271-4848

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultation on most matters is one hour long.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We generally do not have fixed fee services.

Hourly Rates

Range from $200 per hour to $305.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Denise Gallegos

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My academic interest in law school was primarily commercial law. When I began practicing in the early 1980s, I discovered there were not many lawyers with true expertise in Bankruptcy, so I decided to pursue as much expertise in that field as I could.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think it is beneficial for clients to gather information relating to their problems. It helps them to ask better questions of their attorney.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I encourage clients to have all documents they prepare for use in their business reviewed by me or another attorney in the firm.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I will do this when the client is involved in a matter in which the amount in controversy does not justify using an attorney to fully prosecute the matter.

Dave Giddens

George "Dave" Giddens is a 1983 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Solo and Small Firm sections of the State Bar of New Mexico. He is admitted in all state and federal courts in New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Dave's area of expertise include bankruptcy; civil and commercial litigation; bank collections, foreclosures and documentation; and real estate transactions and litigation.

He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, New Mexico Bankers' Association, NAIOP Commercial Development Real Estate Association, and the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Dave has been named as a Southwest Super Lawyer for 2009 and 2012, and was selected Best of the Bar/Bankruptcy by the New Mexico Business Weekly in 2011.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

SHAREHOLDER (1992 to Oct. 1997)
Behles-Giddens, P.A., Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Manage all aspects of 22 employee (8-9 attorney) law office, including recruiting, hiring, employee evaluation, budgeting, finances, marketing, training and workload distribution
• Responsible attorney in a wide variety of civil cases, including business and agricultural bankruptcy, real estate transactions and litigation, foreclosures, banking, U.C.C., lender liability, and contract negotiation, drafting and litigation

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY (1987 to1991)
Jennie Deden Behles, J.D. P.A., Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Handled variety of civil cases, business and agricultural bankruptcies, real estate transactions and litigation, banking, foreclosures, U.C.C., and contract matters
• Exceeded all billing and client generation requirements
• Top billing associate each year of employment

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY (1986 to 1987)
Shamas & Perrin, Roswell, New Mexico
• Handled cases in areas of banking transactions and litigation, foreclosures, real estate matters, and bankruptcy
• Assisted partner with personal injury cases
• Developed and maintained client relationship with second largest savings & loan in New Mexico
• Developed and implemented system for handling large volume of residential mortgage foreclosures

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY (1983 to 1986)
Atwood, Malone, Mann & Turner, Roswell, New Mexico
• Handled or assisted with cases in banking, U.C.C., oil & gas, bankruptcy, workman's compensation and corporate matters. Worked closely with classified assets department of Sunwest Bank of Roswell on variety of workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcy situations.

My experience as a trial lawyer helps me to get better results for clients without having to go to trial because opponents know that I have no fear of going to court. Because I am a Christian, I try to be sensitive to the pain of my clients and to be respectful of all.

I am direct and to the point. I am not afraid to go to Court if it is necessary to protect the rights of my clients, but I know how to solve problems without resort to litigation most of the time. I am informal and try to avoid formality whenever possible.

Personal interests:

Church activities, golf, cooking, and bicycling.

License
  • Bar Number:
    New Mexico , 1983
Education
  • University of Kansas
    Juris Doctor , 1983
    Lawrence, KS
    Top grade in Commercial Law I (Article 9); Commercial Law II (Articles 3 & 4); Top grade in Civil Procedure.
  • University of Kansas
    Bachelor of General Studies in Personnel Administration , 1980
    Lawrence, KS

Denise J. Trujillo

Denise J. Trujillo earned both her undergraduate and law degree (2003) from the University of New Mexico. A member of the Bankruptcy and Solo and Small Firm sections of the State Bar of New Mexico, she practices in consumer and business bankruptcy (Chapters 7, 11, and 13) and creditor/debtor rights.

She is admitted in the U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, and is a member of the American Bar Association.

Of her personal style, Denise says: "I sincerely care about each client that I represent and zealously work hard to serve their best interests. I truly have compassion for them and devotedly walk beside them through the rocky paths and strive to lead them to level ground."

Ann H. Washburn

Ann H. Washburn is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her J.D. degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1988. Licensed in New Mexico and Texas, she practices in the areas of bankruptcy and civil and commercial litigation.She is an excellent litigator who represents the individual to the small company with the care and attention to detail needed to maximize her client's position in a legal dispute.

Ann is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. District Court in New Mexico, Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas and Eastern District of Texas.

Ann is a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Women and the Legal Profession, the Albuquerque Bar Association, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the College of the State Bar of Texas.



Dean Cross

Dean Cross earned a bachelor of accountancy (1979) and a law degree (1988), both from the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, Dean graduated from the University of Miami College of Law with an LLM (advanced law degree) in Taxation. He is currently a candidate for an LLM in Estate Planning at the University of Miami College of Law.

Dean has over 22 years of experience as an attorney in the practice areas of estate planning, taxation and commercial litigation. He is devoted to protecting and enhancing individual, family and business wealth, using planning to minimize taxes, domestic and abroad; planning for tax relief; estate planning; trusts, administration of trusts and estates; asset and creditor protection and collection enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service; business succession planning; organization and structure of businesses and transactions.

Licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Oklahoma, Dean is a member of the State of New Mexico Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. He has held positions in private industry as a Controller and Manager of Accounting as well as public accounting.

He also is a Certified Public Accountant and served as an adjunct instructor in accounting for Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell, New Mexico.

Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Santa Fe and a law degree from the University of New Mexico (1980), where she was awarded the Order of the Coif.

A member of the Bankruptcy, and Real Property, Trust and Estate sections of the State Bar of New Mexico, she has extensive experience in bankruptcy law representing financial institutions, large and small corporate entities, utilities, trustees, and individuals in complex bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters. Patricia's other practice areas include business and estate planning, probate, guardianship, trusts and trust administration, and elder law.

She is admitted in U.S. District Court, State of New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Patricia is actively involved in the American Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.

Chris M. Gatton

Chris Gatton is a 2009 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law where he received the 2009 Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy from the American Bankruptcy Institute. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University in 1998 in Fishery Biology.

A member of the Bankruptcy section of the State Bar of New Mexico, he practices primarily in bankruptcy representing individual and small business debtors and creditors in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases.

He is admitted in the State of New Mexico and the U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and holds memberships in the American Bar Association, the Albuquerque Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Chris served in the U.S. Air Force, 1990-1994.

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Giddens receives AV rating from Martindale Hubbell

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