Pia Salazar

Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski
100 Gold Ave Sw Ste 201
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 349-4003
www.salazarandsullivan.com


Pia Salazar has been a New Mexico trial lawyer since 1994, practicing primarily in medical negligence, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, premises liability and nursing home litigation. She is an AV (best rating) rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, a Southwest Superlawyer, ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2007-present), Past-President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (2009-2010), AAJ Leader's Forum, and a member of AAJ.

Areas of Practice

Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury- Plaintiff
Premises Liability-Plaintiff
Wrongful Death-Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Nursing Home Litigation
Motor Vehicle Defects
Professional Malpractice Law

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

New Mexico, 1994
U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1997

Education

University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D. - 1994
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
B.A. - 1990
Honors: With Distinction
Major: Political Science & Communications

Representative Cases

Sunwest Bank of Albuquerque v. Nelson, 125 N.M.170 (New Mexico Court of Appeals 1998)

Classes/Seminars

"Coming Attractions or Distractions", 18th Annual Update on New Mexico Tort Law, April 30, 1999
"Coming Attractions or Distractions", 22nd Annual Update on New Mexico Tort Law, April 25, 2003
"Opening Statements", A Live Slip/Fall Wrongful Death Jury by Trial, March 4, 2005
"Tort Claims Against State Entities", 25th Annual Update on New Mexico Tort Law, April 28, 2006
"Advocacy Advantages: Focus Groups & Juror Bias", New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, January 18, 2008
"How to Maximize Damages in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit", January 28, 2011

Honors and Awards

AAJ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007-Present
Top 100 Trial Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014
AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer Medical Malpractice, 2010 - Present
American Association of Justice Fellow
American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2009 - 2010
American Association for Justice, Minority Caucus State Delegate, 1998 - 1999
American Association for Justice, Ambassador, 2006 - 2007
American Association for Justice, Member
Hispanic Bar Association
New Mexico Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present
American Bar Association, Member, 1994 - Present
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director, 1996 - Present
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2002 - 2003
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Nominating Committee, 2009 - 2010
American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
Attorney Information Exchange Group, 2000 - 2003
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1996 - Present
New Mexico Review Commission, 1996 - Present
Civil Practice Specialty Committee
New Mexico Civil Practice Specialty Committee
American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum, 2003
American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum, 2010 - 2011
Emerge New Mexico Recruitment Committee, 2010
Emerge New Mexico Recruitment Committee, Chair, 2011
Emerge New Mexico , Board Member, 2011
American Association of Justice, Governor

Past Employment Positions

New Mexico Court of Appeals - Clerk Judge Michael Bustamante
Durkovich, Martinez & Salazar, Attorney, 1994 - 1996
Durkovich, Salazar & Sullivan, Attorney, 1996 - 2004
Salazar & Sullivan, 2004 - 2010
Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski, 2010 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

Trustee, First Choice Health Care, 2003 - 2005
Coach, AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), 2006 - 2008
Equal Access to Justice Campaign
UNM Mock Trial Participant

Languages

Spanish