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Lauren Keefe to Serve as New City Attorney

Lauren Keefe will step into the role, continuing critical work on DOJ reform and other City initiatives

June 22, 2022

Today, Lauren Keefe became Albuquerque’s City Attorney. Keefe has been instrumental in representing the City in the Court-Appointed Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice and brings over two decades of private sector legal experience prior to her work in government. Keefe has been serving as acting City Attorney, and previously as general counsel and interim director of the Policy Division. Mayor Keller named Keefe for the position of City Attorney earlier this month, and tonight City Council voted to approve the nomination.

“Lauren has been key on some of the City’s most pressing initiatives, especially the process of navigating DOJ requirements and moving toward a situation that works,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “She’s brought valuable perspective and experience to our team, proving to be a great representative of the City of Albuquerque. We’re fortunate to move forward with her on our side.”

“I’m grateful and ready to take on this next opportunity representing the City,” said Lauren Keefe, City Attorney. “We’re focused on delivering results and helping the City make progress on important goals. I look forward to serving the people of Albuquerque and building on the work of the talented legal team in place.”

Lauren Keefe, City Attorney
Lauren has over 20 years of legal experience in New Mexico. She spent 15 years practicing at Peifer, Hanson & Mullins, P.A., handling a variety of cases dealing with employment matters, contract disputes and personal injury claims as the lead appellate attorney at the firm. Lauren began practicing independently in 2019 before joining the City in 2022.

Lauren is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of New Mexico School of Law.