Justin R. Sawyer

Justin R. Sawyer

JUSTIN R. SAWYER is a shareholder of the firm and a member of its board of directors. He has a multifaceted commercial litigation practice, including foreclosures, creditor rights, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, New Mexico gross receipts tax protests, Indian law, and insurance defense. He has extensive experience in judicial foreclosures, representing banks, mortgage companies, mortgage loan servicers and other financial institutions, specializing in complex contested commercial and residential foreclosures. He has defended financial institutions against various claims including alleged violations of the Unfair Practices Act, Home Loan Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and breach of contract claims. Justin has represented businesses and individuals in a variety of real estate disputes, from lien priority litigation and contractor disputes to boundary and zoning disputes and prescriptive easements. He often represents creditors in bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy adversary actions, and routinely counsels clients in matters involving the Uniform Commercial Code. Justin’s broad commercial litigation experience also extends to representing insurers and employers before the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration and representing businesses in administrative gross receipts tax protests against the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

In addition to Justin's commercial litigation, bankruptcy and judicial foreclosure experience, he has represented financial institutions in various creditor rights matters in State District Court and the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Justin also has experience representing skilled nursing facilities in connection with appointing guardians and/or conservators for residents who are no longer capable of making financial and healthcare decisions and who do not have family or friends to help make such decisions.

Outside the office, Justin is Co-Chair of the Governing Council for the Corrales International School and is an administrative member of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. Justin is also an avid rock climber, skier, mountain biker and backpacker.


  • New Mexico, 2007
  • Navajo Nation, 2007 (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 2008


  • University of New Mexico, 2003, B.A. Economics
  • University of New Mexico, 2004, M.B.A. Financial Management
  • University of Miami, 2007, J.D. cum laude


  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Benchmark Litigation - Litigation Star, 2020
  • Benchmark Litigation - 40 and Under Hot List, 2016-2018
  • Business Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Navajo Nation Bar Association (inactive)
  • Administrative Member of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council
  • Co-Chair of the Governing Council for the Corrales International School