Wendy Ellen York

Wendy Ellen York

Of Counsel

Wendy E. York, Of Counsel to the firm, maintains a full-time arbitration and mediation practice and also serves as a Special Master by court appointment. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. York served as a trial court judge in the Civil Division of the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico for seven years, where she presided over more than 1,200 civil cases, including tort cases, employment cases, class actions, commercial litigation and complex litigation. Since leaving the bench she has conducted over 2000 mediations. As a result of her judicial experience, she has a unique ability to help disputants appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their positions and the vagaries that make going to trial so risky and unpredictable. She is also a sought after speaker and trainer both locally and nationally.  Ms. York has received advanced training in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, and holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

She has been named Judge of the Year and is recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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

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  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D., Magna Cum Laude – 1982
    • Law Review: Natural Resources Journal, 1981 – 1982
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • B.A., Economics, Magna Cum Laude
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell®
  • UNM School of Law Distinguished Achievement Award Honoree, 2012
  • Super Lawyers®, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2009 – Present
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Distinguished Alumna, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics, 2006
  • New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, Henrietta Pettijohn Award, 2017
  • Outstanding Judge of the Year, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2002
  • Recipient of the Power and Caring Award, New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, 2002
  • Albuquerque Bar Association Survey of Judicial Performance: Highest Rated Judge, 2002
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean’s Award
  • Bondurant Scholar
  • Am Jur Book Award for Civil Procedure II
  • Am Jur Book Award for Ethics

Areas of Practice

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Mini-trials
  • Private Judging
  • Special Master

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988

Published Works

  • Gallegos v. Pueblo of Tesuque, 2002-NMSC-012, 132 N.M. 207, 46 P. 3d. 668

Authored Works

Sample Presentations

  • Effective Mediation, Trucking Industry Defense Association, Fall Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2016
  • From Judge to Mediator: Why Did I Leave a Job Where I Could Tell People What To Do?, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution, Spring Conference, New York City

Common Speaking Topics

  • “Mediation and Settlement Facilitation”
  • “Effective Mediations”
  • “Ethics in Mediation”
  • “Winning Techniques with Modern Evidence”
  • “Cultural Diversity”
  • “Daubert”
  • “Administrative Appeals”
  • “Improving the Efficiency of the Courts”, Bench and Bar
  • Bridge the Gap: “Motions Practice”
  • “Dealing With the Difficult Lawyer”
  • “Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses”
  • “My Cross-Exam Was Brilliant – So Why Did I Lose ?”
  • “Guardianship and Conservatorship Cases: A View from the Bench”
  • “Mediation Advocacy”
  • “May it Peeve the Court”
  • “Women As Managing Partners”
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Expert Qualification”
  • “The New Jury Instructions”
  • “The Ten Biggest Mistakes Women Make in the Courtroom”

Other Activities

  • Faculty Member, New Mexico Criminal Defense College
  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law, Evidence-Trial Practice
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy(NITA), Trial Practice and Depositions, Regional NITA Program, 1991 – 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, Swearing in Ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Fry
  • Keynote Speaker, Driscoll Award Ceremony Honoring Elizabeth Simpson
  • Keynote Speaker, Swearing in Ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Linda Vanzi
  • Keynote Speaker, Swearing in Ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Monica Zamora
  • Supreme Court Nominee, Civil Uniform Jury Instruction Committee, Member and Chair