Liliana Benitez De Luna

Liliana Benitez De Luna

LILIANA BENITEZ DE LUNA belongs to the firm's litigation group. She focuses her work primarily on creditor rights and bankruptcy matters. In her immediate past work as a law student at University of New Mexico, Lily worked with the Economic Justice Legal Clinic managing a caseload of matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, and business law. She also has experience with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., analyzing and researching legal issues relating to applicable federal regulatoin and assisting in the development of the fifth International Broadband Data Report. Lily served as a summer associate with Sutin, Thayer & Browne in 2016 and 2017, and she clerked with the Honorable Jennifer L. Attrep in the First Judicial District of New Mexico in 2017. She also has served as a law clerk with the Southwest Women's Law Center, as an education mentor/tutor with the College Enrichment and Outreach Programs in Albuquerque, and as a language and culture assistant in the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish.

Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2018

Education

  • University of New Mexico Law School, 2018, J.D.
  • University of New Mexico, 2014, B.A. journalism, B.A. Spanish

Publications & Speeches

  • Fifth International Broadband Data Report, assisted in the development

Recognitions

  • University of New Mexico Law School Clinical Honors Award
  • ABA/BNA Employment and Labor Law Award
  • Peggy Ann Hutchinson Memorial Scholar
  • Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Outstanding Senator
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholar
  • Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham 2014 Youth Excellence Award

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Council Member
  • GPSA Legislative Steering Committee Chair
  • Mexican American Law Student Association Mentorship Chair
  • Discover Law Planning Committee Member
  • Women’s Law Caucus Member
  • Advance Team Member
  • Economic Justice Legal Clinic, 2018
  • Southwest Women's Law Center, 2016
  • College Enrichment and Outreach Programs, 2012-2015
  • Associated Students of the University of New Mexico
  • AmeriCorps National Service, 2011-2014
  • ENLACE Statewide Collaborative, 2010-2014
  • Talk Media News Congressional Intern Reporter, 2012

Representative Experience

  • Managing matters involving wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination, landlord-tenant disputes, and business law
  • Conducting legal research and preparing memoranda regarding bankruptcy, taxation, dissolutions of marriage, trademarks, foreclosure, employment, tribal law, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Drafting client communications, memorandum, small non-profit’s articles of incorporation and bylaws, settlement agreements, motions, and discovery requests
  • Successfully representing client through settlement negotiations that resulted in profitable settlement agreement for client
  • Participating in several pro bono civil law clinics at the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico
  • Researching and analyzing legal issues relating to applicable federal regulations involving the Federal Communication Commission, such as the ability of a minor to obtain licensing through the Federal Communications Commission
  • Reviewing and evaluating applications for authorizations to ensure FCC compliance with federal regulations