David C. Serna, Esq.

David C. Serna, Esq. (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

David C. Serna, Esq.

Attorney in Albuquerque, NM
Board Certified Criminal Trail Advocacy Specialist and Diplomate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986—. Member, Georgetown University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Appointed Juez Commisionado by Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 1977—. Assistant District Attorney, Violent Felonies Division, 1977-1981. Acting Division Chief, Violent Felonies Division, 1981. Associate Attorney, Law Office of Martin J. Chavez & Lorenzo Chavez, 1981. Member, National Legal Committee, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, 1985—. Appointed by Chief Judge, U.S. District Court to Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, 1994—. Founding Member, National College for DUI Defense, Summer Programs at Harvard Law School, 1995—. Criminal Defense Mentor, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Mentor Program, 1995—. Selected in "Top Lawyers of Albuquerque" by Albuquerque Magazine. Selected by SuperLawyers.com in 2007, and each and every year including the current year as a Criminal Defense SuperLawyer, a White Collar Defense SuperLawyer, and a DWU/DUI Defense SuperLawyer. Who's Who in American Law, 1990—. Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1991—. Founding Member, National College for DUI Defense Summer Programs at Harvard Law School, 1995—; 2013 Recipient, Charles Driscoll Memorial Award; 2016 National Association of Distinguished Counsel
505-373-0870
Free Consultation | Credit Cards Accepted

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug Trafficking
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Military Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Law
  • Drug Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Forfeitures
  • Motor Vehicle
Ratings

Overall Client Rating

in Criminal Law
 
4.7 out of 5.0
Communication Ability
4.7
Responsiveness
4.7
Quality of Service
4.7
Value for Money
4.7
  • Data based on 14 reviews
  • Recommended by 13 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 05/18/16
Posted by a Consumer on 05/18/16
5.0 out of 5.0
We appreciate Mr Serna's help and expertise in helping our family.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/30/15
5.0 out of 5.0
I wish to express my gratitude for the exemplary legal representation provided by Mr. Serna and his office. His constant confidence and professionalism both in and out of the courtroom were a huge source of relief during an exceptionally difficult time. I have no doubt that I chose the very best, and have already recommended him to my family and friends. Thank you again.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/24/15
5.0 out of 5.0
David C. Serna provided a very comforting, helpful, and effective service for myself in a time of great need. He and his staff were awesome in helping me get through the legal system. Would go back to Mr. Serna for any legal advice!!
Posted by a Consumer on 11/14/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Where can I start? Mr. Serna saved my life! I was facing attempted sexual assault charges, kidnapping, and aggravated battery. I was looking at over 25 years in prison. The first day I hired Mr. Serna I knew I had the best lawyer not in New Mexico but in the country fighting for me. His paralegal team is way above anything you will find. I can't say enough about Mr. Serna except the most important thing he won exposed the lies, got my case dismissed and I even got an apology from the DA.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/05/15
5.0 out of 5.0
David responded to my initial telephone inquiry within 30 seconds and scheduled a consultation that evening. I received telephone calls from David promptly, as warranted by case matters. His paralegal support is excellent and unobtrusive.

David knows not only the law, but also all the key people in the courtroom, and the modus operandi of each. He put that encylopedic and nuanced understanding to the case and made me comfortable with the process.

Most important, he won.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/04/15
5.0 out of 5.0
I had a very serious charge, a complex case, and wanted the best legal representation. I found this with David Serna. The manner in which he pieced together various aspects of my defense and presented them to the court was very impressive and in the end I was able to stay out of the state penitentiary on a charge that could have given me 6-12 years. He is thorough, highly intelligent, methodical, and easy to work with. Not once did I sense that he was misleading me with his counsel.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/03/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Serna's services are top notch and he and his staff are very knowledgeable and methodical in their approach to a case. He explanations of a case is upfront and concise which I value most of all. As this was the first time I had to use such a service which I am very glad and more than lucky to have him on my side. Good Job!!
Posted by a Consumer on 11/03/15
5.0 out of 5.0
David is an amazing attorney who provided me with excellent legal services. He was very accommodating with me in regards to fees, and he zealously fought through the many complexities of my case. He truly went above and beyond for me and my family. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by a Consumer on 11/02/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Serna is a terrific defense attorney. He is a master of his practice and I am forever grateful for his representation. He studied my case quite thoroughly and was punctual and extremely well prepared for all hearings and court dates associated with my charges. His representation gave me peace of mind during the entirety of the legal process. Ultimately my case was dismissed thanks to Mr. Serna's efforts and expertise. I never even set foot in a courtroom thanks to him.
Posted by a Consumer on 10/31/15
5.0 out of 5.0
In the spring of 2014 I was arrested and charged with a serious offense. Two lawyer friends recommended Mr. Serna. At Initial meeting he clearly explained what the process would entail, what he expected of me and range of possible outcomes. Like the dissatisfied reviewer above Mr. Serna charged me a fee for his service.  By my measure a big fee. Fortunately I was able to afford it.
The 6 month process was horrible. On more than one occasion Mr. Serna explained in no uncertain terms that his representation was contingent not on my ability to pay but rather my ability to constructively participate in my own defense. He didn't become my best friend. He did however assist me through a most horrible ordeal.
Posted by a Consumer on 10/31/15
5.0 out of 5.0
Mr. Serna was responsive and efficient. He communicated well and when medical needs preempted and dictated that we be out of state, he communicate with courts and myself appropriately. Would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by a Consumer on 08/18/11
1.0 out of 5.0
David Serna was upset that I expressed displeasure with the way something was handled at the beginning of the case. After that he took my money (approximately $8000) and did absolutely nothing more than show up in court. Did not ever meet with me, discuss anything, and in the end told the DA to handle the sentencing. Let me think that I should keep the interlock for a year just in case...and then found out that I didn't have to have it until I lost the case so I ended up with that for two yr.
Posted by a Consumer on 04/09/10
5.0 out of 5.0
He's competent, intelligent, and capable. He does his homework and knows his business well. Responds quickly to phone calls. Communicates well. Great sense of humor.
Peer Reviewed
4.8/5.0
Peer Rating
 
Criminal Defense and Criminal Law
Areas of Practice
Legal Knowledge
Legal Knowledge
4.9/5
Analytical Capabilities
Analytical Capabilities
4.9/5
Judgment
Judgment
4.9/5
Communication Ability
Communication Ability
4.7/5
Legal Experience
Legal Experience
4.9/5
Peer Reviews (7)
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 05/23/14
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/01/10
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 11/20/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
David is an amazing lawyer and a fine human being. He often does pro bono cases for people in the community, and he goes out of his way to help those in need.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 11/12/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 11/04/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
I have known David professionally for 20 years. He is the best in this field. I refer people to him often, and with confidence. He is also a person who is willing to help out people in need who do not have money. This is unusual for a lawyer in Albuquerque. I heartily recommend David.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
4.8/5.0 Posted by a Unknown on 06/01/10
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
5/5
4.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 06/08/10
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
4/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
4/5
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
Principal
Admission Details
Admitted in 1977, New Mexico
1978, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
1979, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Credit Cards Accepted
Additional Payment Information
Free Initial Consultation
Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
Georgetown University
Class of 1977
J.D.
University Attended
University of New Mexico
Class of 1974
B.A.
Birth Information
Born in 1953
Silver City, New Mexico, May 2, 1953
Languages
Spanish and English
Special Agencies
Life Member: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
Lifetime Member: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML),National Legal Committee;
Founding Member: National College for DUI Defense, Harvard Law School
Sustaining Member: New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Associations & Memberships
State Bar of New Mexico (Board of Directors and Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1998-1999; Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, 1994-2001); American Bar Association (Member, Defense Function Committee, Criminal Justice Section); New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (Criminal Defense Mentor); New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member); District of Columbia Bar Association; National Hispanic Bar Association; New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member, 1984—); National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Member, National Legal Committee, 1985—); New Mexico Equal Access to Justice.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Serna Law Offices
725 Lomas Boulevard, N.W.,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
U.S.A.
Phone
505-242-4057
Fax
505-242-0120
Office Information
Office Information
David C. Serna, Esq.
Principal
Serna Law Offices
725 Lomas Boulevard, N.W.,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Serna Law Offices (Albuquerque, New Mexico)