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Montgomery & Andrews, P.A.

United States 2024

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Year founded: 1936
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The firm now known as Montgomery & Andrews was born in December 1936 when J. O. Seth, a well established and highly respected Santa Fe lawyer, took a sheet of foolscap and penned a two-sentence partnership agreement with his young associate and recently elected State Senator, A. K. Montgomery. The cornerstone of that partnership was their commitment to develop and maintain long-term relationships with their clients by rendering skilled, effective and efficient representation and counsel.

We also recognize Bill Federici and Frank Andrews as founding partners. Bill Federici joined the firm in the late 1940s, served on the New Mexico Supreme Court in the 1970s and 1980s, and returned to the firm as of counsel until his death in 2009. Frank Andrews, was a respected trial lawyer and former FBI agent, who joined the firm in the mid-1950s. At one time known as Seth, Montgomery, Federici & Andrews, the partners, including J. O. Seth, decided in 1962 that the name “Seth” should be dropped after President Kennedy appointed J. O.’s son, Oliver, then a member of the firm, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. For the same reason Bill Federici’s name was removed when he was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1977. Shortly thereafter the partners decided the name of the firm should permanently remain “Montgomery & Andrews.”

During its more than seven decades, the firm has produced a chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals, a United States District judge, two State Supreme Court justices, a State District Court judge, a president of a Fortune 500 company, several presidents of the State Bar Association, a nationally recognized advocate for equal access to justice and director of the federal Legal Services Corporation, and numerous directors and officers of local and statewide civic, charitable, cultural and economic development organizations. Among its current members is a former United States Attorney for the New Mexico district and chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.

The core values of the partnership formed by J. O. Seth and A. K. Montgomery live on in the firm today. We strive continuously to offer our clients, many of whom we have represented for decades, legal services of the highest quality on time and at reasonable rates, and to advocate their interests zealously when needed. We pride ourselves on a collegial, diverse, and respectful working environment of motivated, energetic and service oriented professionals, on our reputation for competence, integrity, and professionalism with the courts and agencies in which we practice, and on constructive and respectful relationships with our colleagues outside the firm, be they ally or adversary.

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. was founded on the core principles of excellence, integrity and professionalism which continue to guide our practice today. Committed to providing the highest quality of legal services, we are a vital and growing law firm, delivering practical, innovative legal solutions to local, regional and national clients of all sizes. Businesses and individuals who bring their legal matters to M&A find:

  • Effective solutions. Our attorneys are trained to listen carefully to client concerns, analyze the available legal strategies and vigorously implement the client’s decisions. M&A employs specific knowledge and in-depth experience across a broad spectrum of practice areas.
  • Dynamic attorneys. Given the broad scope of our practice, M&A attorneys utilize a variety of approaches to solving our clients’ problems. We’ve built a talented, diverse staff, capable of doing whatever a situation requires, from delicate negotiations on the finer points of regulatory compliance to aggressive litigation of commercial interests. We pride ourselves on our collegial, respectful working environment and our close collaboration with the clients we serve.
  • An established practice. Founded in 1936, we are one of the larger firms in New Mexico. M&A is known for the breadth and depth of our trial and regulatory experience and our familiarity with the procedures and personnel of New Mexico courts and government. We seek to build lasting relationships with our clients based on reliable delivery of high quality legal services– on time and at reasonable rates. M&A also boasts a long history of public service to Santa Fe and New Mexico.


Montgomery & Andrews represents major corporations, government entities, institutions, small companies and private individuals doing business throughout New Mexico. Our commercial law practice assists companies of all sizes in all stages of development. Our environmental law and natural resources attorneys help companies manage regulatory compliance and balance the competing values of commerce and preservation. As the preeminent healthcare law practice in the state, M&A supports institutional providers and sole practitioners. We also represent design professionals, medical professionals and legal professionals in professional liability lawsuits. These are only a few of our areas of concentration; please visit the pertinent pages on this website to see other areas of expertise.


Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. is metro ranked in 7 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Santa Fe
Tier 1 for Administrative / Regulatory Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Government Relations Practice
Tier 1 for Insurance Law


Metro Rankings

Santa Fe
Tier 1 for Administrative / Regulatory Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Government Relations Practice
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Construction

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mediation
  • Mining Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Native American Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Water Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Management and Personnel

Firm Administrator
Theresa Garduno


Public Utility and Telecommunications Relation
Jeffrey J. Wechsler
Natural Resources
Jeffrey J. Wechsler
Municipal and Government Law
Randy S. Bartell
Mediation and Arbitration
Stephen S. Hamilton
Labor and Employment
Randy S. Bartell
Government Relations
J. Brent Moore
Environmental Law
Sharon T. Shaheen
Environmental Law
Louis W. Rose
Commercial Law and Litigation
Suzanne C. Odom
Administrative/ Regulatory
Jeffrey J. Wechsler
Administrative /Regulatory
Louis W. Rose
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