Roxie De Santiago

Shareholder and Secretary

Roxie De Santiago practices in the area of labor and employment law, complex civil litigation including personal injury and probate litigation and immigration. As part of her labor law practice,

Ms. De Santiago has represented the National Education Association-New Mexico in matters ranging from local grievances to the Supreme Court.  In the area of complex civil litigation, Ms. De Santiago was part of the New Mexico team that assisted the New Mexico investing agencies (PERA, ERB and SIC) recover investment losses from both WorldCom and America Online.


Ms. De Santiago works in the area of family-based immigration, both local and through consular services abroad as well as working with individuals of extra-ordinary ability or achievement or specialized skills and religious workers.  Ms. De Santiago is fluent in Spanish.


Ms. De Santiago lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two teenage sons.


Reported Cases


• Montano v. Frezza, 2015-NMCA-069, 352 P.3d 666.  This case results from a Texas doctor’s failed operation on a New Mexico patient who was required to see Dr. Frezza in Texas.  This issue before the• Court of Appeals was whether the Texas doctor could be sued in New Mexico.  The New Mexico Court of Appeals denied the doctor’s request to be dismissed from the case.  This matter was appealed to the Supreme Court and a decision is expected in the Fall of 2017.


Weiss v. Board of Ed. Of Santa Fe Public Schools, 2014-NMCA-100, 336 P.3d 388.  As a result of this case, it is now affirmatively established that teachers in public schools in New Mexico who have received three contracts and worked three contact years are entitled to full due process in terminations at the end of their third contract.  This decision provided much needed clarity for public school teachers in determining when their employer’s had to establish just cause for their termination.


State ex rel. Human Services Dept. v. Rawls. 2012-NMCA-052, 279 P.3d 766.  This case fundamentally changed the law in New Mexico allowing putative fathers who could prove they were not the biological father of the child(ren) even after being declared by court order to be the putative father to be relieved of the legal duties as putative fathers, including ongoing child support.


NEA-New Mexico v. Espanola Public Schools, 34-PELRB-2012. The school was attempting to stop negotiations with the exclusive representative because it believed, but did not have proof, that the union no longer had majority support.  The PELRB ruled that stopping negotiations was a prohibited practice and was destructive to the bargaining relationship resulting in a win for the Association and forcing the school to negotiate with the Association.





State Bar of New Mexico

• New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association

• New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association

• National Hispanic Bar Association (Regional President 2010-2011).

•  Southwest SuperLawyer.




New Mexico State University, B.B.S., magna cum laude, with honors, 1998.  Crimson Scholar.

University of New Mexico (J.D. 20014); U.S.-Mexico Law Journal, Associate Editor, MALSA Board of Directors, Recipient of Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law School Community, Recipient of Special Honors for District Attorney Clinic