Benjamin E. Thomas

Benjamin E. Thomas

BENJAMIN E. THOMAS is the President and CEO of Sutin, Thayer & Browne, one of New Mexico's leading law firms. Ben practices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, primarily in commercial litigation, employment law, creditor rights and civil rights litigation, representing businesses and individuals in a broad range of litigation and disputes.

In his employment practice, Ben advises businesses with respect to employment relations and represents companies and individuals before the Human Rights Commission, the EEOC and in employment discrimination, sexual harassment and civil rights lawsuits. Ben presents anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training seminars for employers and prepares policies and employment contracts for businesses. Ben represents financial institutions and other creditors in foreclosure actions, loan workouts and bankruptcy. With a particular emphasis in commercial loans, Ben assists clients through the entire process of loan default to recover collateral through foreclosure, as well as the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.

For several years, Ben was the legal instructor for a prominent banking school, educating bankers on the basics of banking and foreclosure law.  He also teaches seminars to lawyers and creditors on the entire foreclosure process. Ben has specific experience in guiding banks through the purchase of other financial institutions and transfer of loans.

Ben represents businesses in dram-shop-related personal injury litigation and has experience representing clients in the prison industry in a wide range of lawsuits.


  • New Mexico, 2003
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, 2004
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court, 2007


  • Boston University, 2003, J.D.
  • Vanderbilt University, 1999, B.A.
  • Boston University, 2004, M.A., International Relations

Publications & Speeches

  • Presents anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training seminars for employers and prepares policies and employment contracts for businesses.
  • Presents banking and finance law courses for professionals in the banking and finance industry sector.


  • Top Legal CEO, Albuquerque Journal, 2019
  • Albuquerque Business First Trust Leadership, Founding Member, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Chambers USA - Employment & Labor
  • Best Lawyers in America - Banking & Finance
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star
  • Super Lawyers - Employment & Labor, General Litigation

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, Board Member
  • The Storehouse, Board Member
  • Leadership New Mexico, 2018
  • Legal Instructor, Western States School of Banking, 2014-2018
  • Leadership Albuquerque, 2008
  • Boston University International Law Journal
  • Albuquerque Bar Association