Barbara G. Stephenson

Barbara G. Stephenson


BARBARA G. STEPHENSON brings more than 30 years’ employment law experience representing public and private employers throughout New Mexico. Barbara has extensive experience in working to keep clients out of litigation through training, pre-termination counseling, developing strategies and action plans, and writing, revising, and reviewing employer policies and employee handbooks. She also has expertise in performing workplace investigations into allegations of harassment and discrimination.

Barbara currently limits her practice to consulting on employment matters with her Sutin colleagues, providing a direct benefit to both clients and the firm. Because she remains an integral part of the employment law team in a consultative role, Barbara is able to expedite legal research and offer the firm’s other lawyers immediate access to her wealth of knowledge and experience in the aforementioned areas of expertise as well as in representing clients before the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.



  • New Mexico, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


  • University of New Mexico Law School, 1979, J.D., Editor, Natural Resources Journal 1978-1979
  • University of New Mexico, 1974, B.A., Sociology

Publications & Speeches

  • “Political Discussions in the Workplace”
  • “Current Developments in Workplace Privacy”
  • “Avoiding Gun Violence in the Workplace”
  • “Anti-Harrassment Training Remains a Defensive Tool for Employers”
  • “Fate of Unpaid Sick Leave for Workers on Federal Contracts Uncertain”
  • Employment and Labor Law in New Mexico, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1998-2014
  • New Mexico Employment Law Seminars, National Business Institute and Professional Development Institute, Inc. 1995-1996, 2000, 2003-2019
  • Basic Wage and Hour Law in New Mexico, National Business Institute, 1996-2019
  • Employee Handbooks in New Mexico, National Business Institute, 1999


  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor Law – Management, Employment Law – Management, 2001-present
  • Chambers USA since 2002
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Labor and Employment Law, 2007-present
  • Best of the Bar, Employment Law 2011
  • Editor, Natural Resources Journal 1978-1979

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Mexico Bar Association, Member
  • Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Futures for Children, Sponsor
  • Second Judicial District Court, Bernalillo County, Arbitrator
  • Equal Access to Justice Campaign, Past Co-Chair
  • Preventative employment law counseling to nonprofit entities
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