Timothy M. Sheehan, Retired

Tim Sheehan

Of Counsel Since January 1, 2013

Mr. Sheehan, a 1973 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, is a Director and Shareholder of Sheehan & Sheehan P. A., where he has practiced since 1974. He heads the firm’s construction law practice and teaches construction law as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering. During his more than three decades of practice, Mr. Sheehan has successfully represented a broad array of construction industry clients, including construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals, the State of New Mexico, and various construction industry trade associations. He regularly represents clients in cases involving construction claims, bidding and procurement issues, construction liens, delay damage claims, Miller Act claims, governmental regulation of the construction industry, contract interpretation, and construction failures.

Mr. Sheehan is the author of a treatise entitled Construction Law in New Mexico, which provides members of the construction industry and lawyers with a comprehensive overview of construction law in the State. In addition, he is an experienced mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Sheehan is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Industry Arbitration Panel for complex construction law matters, and a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He is also a member of the Construction Industry Forum and the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association, and the Associated General Contractors of New Mexico. Mr. Sheehan holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell®, and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and in Southwest Super Lawyers in the area of construction law.

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone: 505-247-0411
Fax: 505-842-8890
Email: tms@sheehansheehan.com

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation and Arbitration

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1974


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. – 1973
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • B.A. – 1971
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Construction Law in New Mexico, New Mexico Law Institute, 2003
  • Construction Law in New Mexico, New Mexico Law Institute, 1996
  • New Mexico Construction Law, Professional Ed Systems, 1993

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • City of Santa Fe
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Los Alamos National Security, LLC
  • New Mexico Department of Transportation
  • New Mexico Legislative Council Service
  • University of New Mexico


  • Adjunct Professor, Construction Law, University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering, 1979 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association, Member, Construction Industry Arbitration Panel, 1980 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum, Member
  • American Bar Association, Public Contracts Section, Member
  • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow, 2007 – Present
  • Associated General Contractors of New Mexico, Member
  • Catholic Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees, 1995 – 2003
  • City of Albuquerque, Youth Task Force, Chairman, 1986
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Equal Access to Justice, Member, Board of Directors, 2006 – 2010
  • New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, Member, Board of Directors, 1996 – 2006
  • United Way of Albuquerque, Lawyers Division, Chairman, 1985
  • University of New Mexico, The Tom L. Popejoy Society, 1986 – Present