Barbara G. Stephenson

Barbara Stephenson


Barbara G. Stephenson graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1979. She worked for ten years for several public entities at the city, state and federal levels, including the City of Albuquerque, Office of the New Mexico Attorney General, the University of New Mexico, and the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Ms. Stephenson worked for the Albuquerque law firm of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb first as an associate and then as a shareholder. In 1995, she was a founding shareholder in the law firm of Gilkey & Stephenson, P.A., specializing in employment and labor law. In May 2010 she joined Sheehan & Sheehan where she continues to work solely in employment law defending employers. She has successfully defended local and national employers against a wide variety of employment charges and lawsuits. Ms. Stephenson is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in employment and labor law.

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone: 505-247-0411
Fax: 505-842-8890

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Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law (Representing Employers Only)

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Employment and Labor Law, New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, 2002 to the present

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D. – 1979
    • Law Journal: Natural Resources Journal, Editor, 1978 – 1979
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • B.A. – 1974

Published Works

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • American Gypsum Company
  • Bowlin Travel Centers
  • Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  • University of New Mexico
  • Walgreens Co.


  • Employment and Labor Law in New Mexico, Lorman Business Center, Inc., 1998 – 2014
  • Employee Handbooks in New Mexico, National Business Institute, 1999
  • Basic Wage and Hour Law in New Mexico, National Business Institute, 1996 – 2013
  • New Mexico Employment Law Seminars, National Business Institute and Professional Development Institute, Inc.. 1995-1996, 2000, 2003-2014

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, 2001 – Present
  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2002 = Present
  • Super Lawyers®, Labor and Employment Law, 2007 – Present
  • Best of the Bar, Employment Law, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Mexico Bar Association, Member
  • Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Futures for Children, Sponsor

Past Employment Positions

  • Gilkey & Stephenson, P.A., Shareholder, 1995 – 2010
  • Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A., 1990 – 1995
  • Governmental Entity Work, 1980 – 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Arbitrator, Second Judicial District Court, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
  • Past Co-Chair, Equal Access to Justice Campaign
  • Providing Preventative Employment Law Counseling to Non-profit Entities