Jay Goodman Attorney at Law PC

Jay Goodman Attorney at Law PC

Big Enough to Take Care of Your Legal Concerns, Small Enough To Care

Firm Overview

Jay Goodman & Associates Law Firm, P.C., takes a comprehensive approach to your legal matter and is dedicated to client empowerment. We use specific tools to ensure that every client is provided with a project blue print. This gives you a clearly stated, up-front picture of your legal matter with options and choices.

With offices located in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque, Jay Goodman & Associates is large enough to provide a full array of legal services, yet small enough to provide individualized attention to every detail of legal matters entrusted to us. Jay Goodman & Associates attorneys have the education, legal and personal experience to address the most challenging legal matters.

Our diversity and breadth of experience enable creative focus on individual and organizational legal issues. Though teamwork and collaboration, Jay Goodman & Associates provides clients with the tools to prevent or resolve legal matters and concerns in an efficient, timely and cost effective manner. Our involvement in various community and legal associations helps us keep our finger on the pulse of fresh ideas, new approaches and the importance of each individual issue we may encounter.
Main Office
Jay Goodman & Associates, Lightning Legal, & Life Leaf Legal
2019 Galisteo #C3
Santa Fe  NM  87505
  • (505) 989-8117
  • (505) 989-3440
Jay Goodman and Associates believes family law should be approached with compassion and respect.
We strive to resolve disputes reasonably and in a cost-effective manner. In many cases, we facilitate comprehensive relationship transitions with little or no court intervention. If litigation becomes necessary, we have extensive experience in aggressively protecting the interest of our clients.

Our Family Law Practice Includes:
-Legal Separation
-Domestic Violence
-Grandparent Rights
-Marital Agreements
-Prenuptial Agreements
-Alimony and Child Support
-Division of Retirement Assets
-Businesses, Partnerships and Trusts
-Complex Property Valuation and Division
-Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDROS)
-Parenting Plans (Child Custody and Visitation)
-Valuation of Professional Practices, Closely-Held

Non-Traditional Relationships:
-Domestic Partnership Agreements
-Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Advocacy
-Dissolution of Non-traditional Relationships and other related legal issues.
Estate Planning
Focusing on your individual needs, we will help protect your assets and property. We tailor an estate plan to suit you and your family.
We can also help you plan for a time when you may become unable to handle your own finances or make decisions about healthcare. We begin the estate planning process by listening to your goals and then providing you with a series of options, including advice on relevant laws that may affect the estate distribution. When it is time to probate your estate or distribute assets we compassionately seek to ensure your wishes are honored and your legacy enhanced for the benefit of your family and beneficiaries.

Our Wills, Estate Planning And Probate Practice Includes:

-Living Wills
-Wealth Planning
-Estate Administration
-Protective Processings
-Business Succession Planning
-Advanced Health Care Directives
-Guardianships and Conservatorships
-Contested Estates and Estate Litigation
-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issues
-Formal, Informal and Contested Probate Proceedings

Jay Goodman

Jay Goodman is the Founder and Principal Shareholder in Jay Goodman & Associates Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Goodman has been practicing law for more than twenty-five years.


Mr. Goodman is licensed to practice law in New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United State District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States District Court of New Mexico, and the United Sates Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.


Mr. Goodman received his Juris Doctor from the Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1983.

Areas of legal emphasis:

Family Law, Business, Real Estate, Collaborative Practice, Estate Planning, Probate, Elder and Guardianship/Conservatorships.

Past/Present Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

State Liaison to Committee on Corporate Laws, ABA section of Business Law, New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group: President, Board of Directors; Galisteo Center Condominium Association: Vice President, Board of Directors; Children First, Co-Parenting Support Services, Inc.: Board of Directors; Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center: Board of Trustees; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Member;

Peter Bruso


Mr. Bruso began his legal career as a full-time Assistant County Prosecutor in 1974, serving in the capacity for eight years. That was followed by twenty-four years in private practice, working primarily in Criminal Defense, family Law, Civil Rights Claims and General Civil Practice. Mr. Bruso was a Certified Family Law Economic Mediator and served for years on the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee investigation Complaints of attorney ethic violations. He also served as a member of the US District Court Criminal Justice Act Panel, regularly representing indigent individuals charged with federal crimes.


Mr. Bruso is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the United State District Court, District of New Mexico, the Us District Court, District of New Jersey, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals and the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals.


After three years of service in the US Army as a Counterintelligence Agent from 1968 to 1971, Mr. Bruso attended Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1974. He completed his undergraduate education at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Practice Areas:

Mr. Bruso concentrates his practice primarily in Family Law, Criminal Defense and general Civil Practice.

Present and Former memberships and Activities:

New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, US District Court, District of New jersey; Community Justice Institute (NJ) Certified Family Law Economic Mediator; Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee; Mentor, Vincent Hanneman Inns of Court; Officer, New Jersey Assistant Prosecutors Association.

Mr. Bruso and his wife are the owners of the Old Boarding House Mercantile, the historic General Store in Madrid, New Mexico.

Vanessa DeNiro


Ms. DeNiro is licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico and in the United States Federal District Court, District of New Mexico.


Ms. DeNiro is a law school graduate from California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA and received her BA at the University of California, Riverside.

Areas of legal emphasis:

Ms. DeNiro fervently represents her clients in legal matters involving divorce and child custody proceedings, real property law, foreclosure defense and additional areas of law. Her professional affiliations include the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, the Voluntary Attorney Pool, "VAP", and the Trust & Estates Division.


Ms. DeNiro lives in Albuquerque, NM with her sons Truth and Justus.
Jay Goodman & Associates are extremely pleased to welcome the recent merger of Ms. DeNiro's very successful private practice with our firm.
She exemplifies the characteristics our team values most and possesses the abilities necessary to provide our clients the efficient and effective legal representation they deserve.

Christie Coleman


Ms. Coleman is licensed to practice law in the states of New Mexico and California.


Ms. Coleman received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California where she was an editor for the International Law Journal and a teaching assistant. She completed her undergraduate training at University of California Berkeley.


Ms. Coleman clerked for a national law firm throughout law school, where she focused on civil litigation for their Los Angeles and New York offices. She has worked at Jay Goodman & Associates since the fall of 2013 assisting attorneys in nearly all areas of the firm's practice.
Areas of legal emphasis:
Family Law, Landlord Tenant, Estate Planning, and General Civil Litigation.

Betsy Salcedo

Betsy was raised in the Los Angeles area and in the Four Corners and has a wide cultural background that serves to optimize the experience of our clients.


Divorce attorney, Betsy Salcedo graduated from UNM Law in May 2002 and has been a member of the NM Bar since September 2002.

Areas of legal emphasis:

Her areas of practice are diverse, from criminal defense as a Public Defender, to representation of state actors and administrative matters with the New Mexico Attorney General, to domestic relations cases with the Human Services Dept, Child Support Division.

Prior Experience:

Betsy has also received certification in mediation and is interested in working to improve the bar. Betsy is a member of the State Supreme Court, Professionalism Committee and works to improve the Rules of Professional Conduct. Finally, Betsy is a recipient of the UNM Indian Law Certification upon graduation from UNM Law and has served tribal affairs, working for DNA Legal Services and the Pueblo of Isleta.

Betsy joined the team of Santa Fe divorce attorneys of Jay Goodman & Associates in June 2015.

Gary Boyle


Mr. Boyle is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.


Mr. Boyle graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1981.


Gary Boyle has over thirty years of experience in civil litigation and appeals in state and federal courts in New Mexico, Texas, and elsewhere. He has devoted much of his practice in New Mexico to helping families through complicated divorce, child custody, and child support litigation including hearings, trials, and appeals. He has also litigated cases involving property, leases, employment, civil rights, collections, contracts, construction, fraud, business relationships, professional malpractice, energy law, lien rights, bank failures, and a host of other issues. His clients have ranged in size from individuals and families to Fortune 500 companies.

Cynthia Sikelianos

Cynthia Sikelianos is a native New Mexican. She is a graduate of Highland High School in Albuquerque. Ms. Sikelianos received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico. While receiving her undergraduate degree, Ms. Sikelianos worked for a local estate planning law firm, where she developed an interest in this area of the law. After graduation, Ms. Sikelianos attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and received her Juris Doctor degree. She has been a practicing member of the New Mexico State Bar since 1997.

Since being admitted to the bar, Ms. Sikelianos' legal practice has been primarily in the areas of estate and business planning, probate and estate and trust administration. Ms. Sikelianos' served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico State Bar Taxation Section and is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Real Property, Probate and Trust Section.

In addition to her legal aspirations, she is also a small business owner and director of Triple Threat Performing Arts in northeast Albuquerque. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the historical Albuquerque Little Theatre.

Ms. Sikelianos finds assisting clients with their estate planning needs rewarding because of the benefit her clients receive as a result of these services. She is committed to providing exceptional legal counseling and service from the beginning phases of an estate plan through the administrative process.

Ms. Sikelianos joined the Santa Fe Estate Planning Attorneys at Jay Goodman & Associates in November 2013.