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

David C. Serna, Esq.

Licensed for 39 years

Practice Area: Criminal Defense, Drug Trafficking, White Collar Crimes 7 more areas of practice + 7 more

Principal at firm Serna Law Offices
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505-373-0870

David C. Serna, Esq.

505-373-0870

Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

Serving Albuquerque, NM view address

  • Serving Albuquerque, NM view address

  • Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

Partner at firm Serna Law Offices

Serving Albuquerque, NM view address

Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

About David C. Serna, Esq.

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...

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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

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Client Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 14 reviews
  • 93% client recommended 13 recommendations
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 05/18/16

    We appreciate Mr Serna's help and expertise in helping our family. Read more

    We appreciate Mr Serna's help and expertise in helping our family.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/30/15

    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... Read more

    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.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/24/15

    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... Read more

    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!!

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/14/15

    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. T... Read more

    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.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/05/15

    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... Read more

    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.{para}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.{para}Most important, he won.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/04/15

    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 asp... Read more

    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.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/04/15

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/03/15

    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 concis... Read more

    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!!

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/03/15

    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... Read more

    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.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Private Individual on 11/02/15

    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 pun... Read more

    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.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 7 reviews
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  • Legal Knowledge

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/23/14 in Criminal Defense

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  • 4.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 06/08/10 in Criminal Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/01/10 in Criminal Defense

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Unknown on 06/01/10 in Criminal Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 11/20/09 in Criminal Law

    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. Read more

    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.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/12/09 in Criminal Defense

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 11/04/09 in Criminal Defense

    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... Read more

    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.

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      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
      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.
      Languages
      Spanish and English

      Areas of Law

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