Meet Brian E. McMath

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Meet Brian E. McMath

Q. What is your position with Sheehan & Sheehan?
A. I am the newest associate attorney to join the firm, where I handle general civil litigation matters.

Q. What were you doing prior to joining the team?
A. During law school, I worked for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office assisting in a variety of administrative, regulatory, and water law matters. I also had the incredible opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, D.C., interning for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before attending law school, I worked in local radio and advertising for nearly a decade.

Q. What inspired you to go into law?
A. I believe we are all tasked, by virtue of being alive, with trying to leave the world around us a little better than we found it. For me, the law seemed to provide a direct route to doing just that, and on a relatively large scale. Also, my two brothers are mechanical and nuclear engineers, respectively, so I really needed a way to educationally compete with them without having to learn a bunch of math or anatomy.

Q. What’s your education?
A. I am a twice-over alum of the University of New Mexico, having obtained my B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and my J.D. from the School of Law in 2015.

Q. Are you from New Mexico?
A. I moved to New Mexico with my parents when I was five years old, so I am not technically a native. However, I’m married to a New Mexico native so I feel like that gives me significant street cred.

Q. If so, why did you choose to stay and build your career here?
A. The short answer is, my wife and I really, really like it here. This state has very real challenges, no question, but I see those more as opportunities to do good work rather than marks in the “con” column. New Mexico is truly a wonderful place full of wonderful people and I’ve never been anywhere else I’d rather call home. Also, I could never leave the food. Or the mountains. Or the sunshine. Did I mention the food?

Q. Any awards and honors you’ve received?
A. While in law school I received an Honors Award for my performance in UNM’s clinical law program and CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for my performance in UNM’s Evidence & Trial Practice and Experts in Litigation courses. I was also very honored to be named the Second Judicial District of New Mexico’s Pro Bono Law Student of the Year in 2013.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I worked as an on-air radio personality and commercial voice talent before going to law school, so I’m told I have a good announcer voice. I am also a volunteer adaptive snowboard instructor, and I can have entire conversations using only quotes from Coen brothers films.

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