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Mayor Appoints New City Attorney

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry has named Ms. Jessica Hernandez as his nominee for the City Attorney, subject to City Council confirmation. Ms. Hernandez brings to the Office excellent legal skills and the broad legal experience needed to represent the City of Albuquerque in all of its legal affairs. If confirmed, Ms. Hernandez would be the first female city attorney.

Ms. Hernandez brings to the City both private and public sector experience. She worked as an Associate, and later Director, at Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. While in private practice, Ms. Hernandez specialized in litigation and represented clients in state and federal courts across New Mexico. Most recently, she served as General Counsel for Governor Susana Martinez and has gained extensive experience with the legal issues facing governmental entities, including legal policy, risk management, personnel and employment law issues, procurement law, and administrative law. 

Ms. Hernandez also comes to the City Attorney’s Office with a very compelling story of personal accomplishment. As a student at Rio Grande High School, Ms. Hernandez looked for opportunities beyond her high school walls to move her education forward. At age 16, she began her studies at the University of New Mexico, where, she earned her undergraduate degree in Economics (summa cum laude) at age 19 and within fourteen months of graduating from high school.

Two months later, and with a beautiful new daughter added to her daily schedule, Ms. Hernandez became a first-year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She earned her Juris Doctorate and became of a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif (a national organization recognizing the top ten percent of each graduating law school class).  At the age of 22, she was the youngest person to be admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico.

Mayor Berry is honored to have Ms. Hernandez as his nominee for City Attorney. He says, “Ms. Hernandez has worked hard to accomplish feats and overcome obstacles that many people would not be able to overcome, but despite the challenges, she persevered and has become one of the state’s  most respected attorneys.”

Ms. Hernandez says, “I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the City Attorney. I am confident that I have the experience and skill set necessary to serve the citizens of Albuquerque in that role.”