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

Office Information

Office Hours
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Emergency After Hours

Other Offices

Jay Goodman & Associates Law Firm, Life Leaf Legal Group, Lightning Legal Group
3949 Corrales Rd
Ste. 110
Corrales,  NM  87048
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.

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.

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.

Mark Bridges

Mr. Bridges has been an attorney for over 16 years. He has been licensed to practice in the State of Washington since 2002 and State of New Mexico since 2015.

Mr. Bridges received his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in 2001. As an undergraduate, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Why Mark Bridges is an ideal attorney to help you:
Mark sees a long horizon in facilitating positive futures for individuals involved in Family Law Stabilizations and Transitions. Relatedly, his experience in obtaining favorable outcomes in Consumer Debt Disputes and Civil Litigation, makes him ideally suited for both Foreclosure Defense and Credit Card Disputes. If you are looking for alternatives to Bankruptcy, permitting Mark to help you may decrease the emotional trauma and expense of a Federal involvement. Additionally, Mark's focus on Probate issues allows him to bring the breadth of his experience to effectively counsel and represent individuals and families across the spectrum of life events.

Additional interests:
Mr. Bridges is also a beekeeper, he plays the ukulele, and he enjoys gardening.

David Shelle

Why David is an ideal attorney to help you:

In addition to providing excellent representation in his areas of legal emphasis (Civil Litigation, Family Law, Guardianships, Adoptions, Probate, and Criminal Defense), David focuses on providing attention to clients through emotional support and providing peace of mind throughout each case. He approaches every case as though it was his own and keeps his clients well-informed throughout the entire process. David's personal experience with his own child custody and personal injury cases makes him well-equipped to relate to his clients' concerns.
David is a lawyer for the people, and he enjoys the challenge of winning cases against opposing parties with multiple resources. He is down to earth, empathetic, and always quick to lend a helping hand. In addition to his areas of legal emphasis, his prior experience includes litigating DWIs and representing hundreds of clients in civil litigation cases against large insurance companies. Over a period of five years, David recovered over three million dollars ($3,000,000) in settlement funds for his clients.


David received his Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 having double majored in Economics and Computer Applications.


David has practiced law in the State of New Mexico since 2012.

Additional information:

David hails from the small town of Tecumseh, Michigan where he grew up with his parents and three younger sisters. He has two daughters, eight and nine years old, and he gets no greater enjoyment in life than spending time with them and raising them to be happy, healthy, and compassionate. David and his daughters have one dog (Yorkshire Terrier) and two goldfish.
In his free time, David enjoys reading, gardening, golfing, and computer games.

Justin Goodman


University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, J.D., Dean's List. Honor Roll.
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, B.A., Political Science, Cum Laude.
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society.

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation Defense
Insurance Law
Bad Faith
Fraud Investigation
General Construction
General Negligence
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Malpractice
Domestic Relations

Professional Experience:

Mr. Goodman received his Juris Doctor from the University School of Law with honors including Dean's list, clinical honors in business and taxation, and the CALI excellence for the future award. In addition to joining the fine firm of Jay Goodman & Associates, Mr. Goodman is a visiting professor of law at the University Of New Mexico School Of Law. He had the pleasure to clerk for the Honorable Stan Whitaker and was an associate attorney with O'Brien and Padilla, P.C, and Stiff, Keith and Garcia, LLC. He regularly serves as a motivational speaker and grader for the New Mexico Bar Exam. He also serves on the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association Editorial Board. Mr. Goodman maintains a diverse civil litigation practice including insurance defense, fraud investigation, personal injury, construction defect, employment, and domestic relations. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Mexico.

Professional Honors and Distinctions:

NMDLA Young Defense Lawyer of the Year: 2018
Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Clinical Honors Business and Taxation: 2011
CALI Excellence for the Future Award: 2010
Speaker, Outstanding Service Award: 2010. 47th annual Meeting & Education
Conference American Association of Attorney Certified Public Accountants


A Bench Perspective from United States Magistrate Judge Steven C. Yarbrough
Defense News, Winter 2015/2016
Summary Jury Trials: Coming Soon to New Mexico?
Defense News, Winter 2014/2015
Vanishing Civil Jury Trials: Views from Recipients of the Outstanding Civil
Defense News, Spring 2015
Grandparents, are you "With It"?
The Forecaster, Washington State. (Volume 28, Issue 4)
Professional Memberships and Activities:
American Bar Association
State Bar of New Mexico
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
Defense Research Institute, The Voice of the Defense Bar
Albuquerque Bar Association
Bar Association of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
National Business Institute

Court Admissions:

State of New Mexico
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico