Lightning Legal

Lightning Legal

Lightning Fast Service with Strong Advocates

Firm Overview

Lightning Legal responds to your issues quickly and in a proactive manner. Our comprehensive approach to your legal issues, and dedication to client empowerment means we take a big-picture view of the situation while at the same time focusing on the details, and all of the steps required to seek success on your legal matter. This means timely court filings, attention to details, and understanding with sensitivity, the relationships within the family dynamic and what is in the best interest of the children involved.

Main Office

Jay Goodman & Associates Law Firm and Lightning Legal Group
4801 Lang Avenue NE
Ste. 110
Albuquerque, NM 87109


(505) 247-2390


(866) 319-3058

Other Offices

Lightning Legal Group-Santa Fe Office
2019 Galisteo Ste. C3
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Lightning Legal focuses on Family Law, and the legal issues commonly associated with divorce including parent's rights, custody issues, child support, and much more.

You can be confident our attorneys will provide you with fast, efficient service along with discretion and empathy for your matter. Lightning Legal focuses on helping you get through your situation as quickly and effectively as possible.

Child Custody

Child Support


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

Lightning Legal Group understands that a difficult family matter can arise under many different conditions. We strive to help you to ease the discomfort and flourish as we help to obtain you the relief you need in order to improve your family's relationship status.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Our attorneys are highly experienced. This enables us to foresee potential legal issues and to effectively resolve them in a cost effective manner.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Lightning Legal Group is comprised of compassionate, outstanding, experienced attorneys who take a comprehensive approach to your legal matter and are dedicated to client empowerment.

Jay Goodman

Lightning Legal

Jay Goodman is the CEO of Lightning Legal Group, P.C. Jay's mission is to provide high quality, low cost legal services to facilitate a better future for those he serves. Using the principles of dedication to client empowerment with a comprehensive view of the client's past, present and future. Jay has been providing superior legal services for three decades.

Areas of legal emphasis:

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


Jay 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 States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States District Court of New Mexico, and the United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit.


Jay received his Juris Doctor from the Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio in 1986 and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1983.

Past/Present Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

State Liaison to Committee on Corporate Laws, ABA section of Business Law, Member of American Bar Association Law Practice Division, 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; Santa Fe Collaborative Practice Group Member; Oliver Seth American Inn of Court: Barrister; State Bar of New Mexico: Elder, Family, Real Property/Probate and Trust Sections; Santa Fe Estate Planning Council Member; State of New Mexico Health Care Partnership: Provider Representative; DUUC, Inc.: Board of Trustees, Finance Committee Member.
Jay has also been Vice President, Executive Director, and Corporate Counsel for The Foundation for Grandparenting; Associate Attorney in Health Care Law with Geophrey Webster, Attorney-at-Law at Goodman & Goodman.

Legal Presentations & Publications:

Guardianships and Conservatorships, Seminar; Bankruptcy, Seminar; AARP Legal Checkup, Seminars; AARP Publications for New Mexico; Pro Se Clinic, First Judicial District Court, Collaborative Practice; Faculty Estate Planning, NBI; Administering the Small Estate, Seminar for the National Business Institute, "Minimizing Costs of Administering the Estate v. Administration of Small Estate".

Peter Bruso

Lightning Legal


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.

Justin Goodman

Lightning Legal


University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, J.D., Dean's List. Honor Roll.
The 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.

David Shelle

Lightning Legal

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.