Thomas A. ("Tad") Lane
Licensure: Mr. Lane is licensed to practice law before the New Mexico State Courts and Federal Court, District of New Mexico.
Education: Mr. Lane received his Bachelor of Arts in English/Pre-Law from
Areas of Legal Emphasis: Mr. Lane primarily practices in the areas of contract enforcement, residential construction, professional licensing/malpractice, and family and domestic relations law. His experience in contract enforcement includes employment contracts, landlord/tenant law, and real estate purchase contracts, easements, protective covenants, and road maintenance agreements. His experience in family and domestic relations law includes divorces, child custody and support, guardianships, adoptions, and civil and criminal domestic violence.
Present and Former Memberships: Mr. Lane is a member of the New Mexico Bar and the Federal Bar for the District of New Mexico. In his non-professional capacity, he is a member of Trout Unlimited, the Sierra Club, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He was previously a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium, representing Los Alamos National Laboratory on the development of open Internet protocols such as HTML 4.0, XML 1.0, and PNG.
Awards and Recognitions: Mr. Lane received Thesis Honors and awards from the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs for excellence in the study of intellectual property law for his paper, "Of Hammers and Saws: The Toolbox of Federalism and Sources of Law for the Web," which was published in the Winter 2003 volume of the New Mexico Law Review. In certain ways, he remains prouder that he was the lead editor of "Bartlett Revisited: New Mexico Tort Law Twenty Years after the Abolition of Joint and Several Liability -- Part One," by M.E. Occhialano, a co-author of the statute that established comparative fault in New Mexico. Mr. Lane also received a 1998 Distinguished Performance Award from Los Alamos National Laboratory for his contributions to the Network Firewall Team and the 1984 Robert A. Wichert Award for Creative Writing at
Prior Associations and Experience: Mr. Lane's experience prior to law school includes five years of teaching at the university/college level, technical writing, co-management of a 15-employee software development business, and eight years in project development and team management at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He spent his junior year of high school as an exchange student at the Eckner Oberschule in
Proudest Professional Moment: Mr. Lane was a personal attorney for an Albuquerque Police Department Officer whose step-daughter had committed suicide at the age of 16 using his off-duty handgun. Mr. Lane's proudest professional moment was being part of the legal team that prevailed before the New Mexico Court of Appeals in defense of the policeman in a civil action. The family had lost their daughter and deserved no further punishment.