L. Curtis Vernon

L. Curtis Vernon

CURTIS VERNON belongs to the Commercial Group. He practices in the areas of public finance, business law, firearms law, and estate planning. In his public finance practice, Curtis assists government clients with taxable and tax-exempt financings of public projects. Curtis’ business practice focuses on entity formations, acquisitions, contracts, and includes services to nonprofit and religious organizations. Curtis’ estate planning practice includes the preparation of wills and trusts, and advising clients regarding the transfer of firearms.

Curtis earned his J.D. in 2015 from University of New Mexico School of Law, where he was recognized for providing exceptional service to the clinical law program. Prior to law school, Curtis earned a master’s degree in finance from the Anderson School of Management, where he helped manage an all-equity investment portfolio created by the Regents’ Endowment Fund. Prior to working at Sutin, Thayer and Browne, Curtis worked at Sandia National Laboratories, providing accounting support to a nuclear nonproliferation organization and later working in information systems and databases.


  • New Mexico, 2015


  • University of New Mexico Law School, 2015, J.D.
  • University of New Mexico Robert O. Anderson School of Management, 2012, M.B.A.
  • University of New Mexico, 2010, B.A., magna cum laude

Publications & Speeches

  • “Firearms in Estate Administration,” June 2019, sponsored by the National Business Institute


  • Dean's Award for Significant Contribution to the Law School Community, University of New Mexico School of Law, May 2015
  • Clinical Honors Award, University of New Mexico School of Law Clinical Law Program, May 2015
  • Natural Resources Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law, Managing Editor, 2014-2015
  • Albert J. and Mary Jane Black Trust Scholarship, Anderson School of Management, August 2011
  • Presidential Scholar, University of New Mexico, August 2007
  • Dean's List, University of New Mexico

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Leadership Albuquerque Class of 2019
  • Association of Commerce and Industry, Member, Entrepreneurship and Taxation Committees
  • Money and Me, LLC - Trainer in money-management basics for low-income families and individuals
  • Young Lawyers Division mentoring program
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • American Bar Association