Gini Nelson, Esq.
Gini Nelson Law Office
1704 Llano Str., Ste. B., #303, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (mail and delivery only)
JD, 1983 George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
MA (Sociology), 1980 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
BA (Sociology), 1974 University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Principal, Attorney/Negotiator/Mediator, Jan-1994 to present Gini Nelson Law Office Santa Fe, NM
Full responsibility for general practice law, negotiation, and mediation practice. Current practice emphasizes consumer and small business debt/bankruptcy issues, including alternatives to bankruptcy, and family law. Varied client representation – for-profit corporate, non-profit corporate, small business owners, and individuals; and varied scope of services provided – environmental, incorporation and small business litigation, land use defense, bankruptcy and foreclosure issues, divorce and child custody, wills and estates, negotiation and mediation.
Fall Semester 2014 Santa Fe Community College: Family Law
Jan-1992 to May-1995 Santa Fe Community College, & College of Santa Fe – designed and taught:
(1) Environmental Regulation
(2) Risk Assessment
(3) Citizen’s Guide To Environmental Law
Partner and Shareholder, Attorney
Jun-1993 to Jan-1994 Huffaker, Nelson and Barnes, P.C. Santa Fe, NM
Jan-1993 to Jun-1993 Poole, Kelly, Ramo P.C. Santa Fe, NM
Legal practice as an associate in a private general practice law firm.
Special Asst. Attorney General, Asst. Gen. Counsel
Sep-1986 to Jan-1993 NM Environment Department
Santa Fe, NM
Advised and represented government agency and various of its departments and bureaus in a broad range of environmental rule-making, permitting and enforcement actions, primarily relating to RCRA (hazardous wastes), UMTRA (uranium mill tailings) and mixed-radioactive/hazardous waste issues. Lead attorney: WIPP, LANL RCRA permitting and enforcement, and State of New Mexico acquisition of Ambrosia Lake (uranium mill and tailings site) for the purpose of a DOE-reclamation project and for eventual turn-over to the Federal Government under the custody of the Department of Energy. Appearances before the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) and the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in rule-making and adjudicatory proceedings; representation of the agency as proponent in agency permit hearings, as defendant in administrative and judicial permit appeals, and as plaintiff in administrative and judicial enforcement actions. Testified before the New Mexico Legislature’s Environment, Land Use and Solid Waste Committee for the agency.
NOTE: Spring 1986 – Sept. 1986, contract work for NM State Engineer Office, and NM Health and Environment Department (now NMED) while satisfying requirement for NM Bar membership.
Judicial Law Clerk
Fall 1984 to Aug-1985 District of Columbia Superior Court
Law Clerk to the Honorable Carlisle Pratt, administrative and legal assistance to the judge, including docket management, legal research and legal drafting.
Judicial Law Clerk
Sep-1983 to Sep-1984 District of Columbia Superior Court
Law Clerk to the Honorable A. Franklin Burgess, administrative and legal assistance to the judge, including docket management, legal research and legal drafting.
Assistant to Legal Defense Director, The Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press, and Law Clerk, FOIA Service Ctr.
Jun-1981 to 1983
Assistant to Legal Defense Director, and Law Clerk, FOIA Service Center, both divisions within The Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists since 1970. Work included coordination and preparation of amicus briefs for cases involving working journalists; responding to legal information inquiries from working journalists across the U.S.; and preparation of materials for the Committee’s quarterly publication, The News Media and The Law.
Legislative Intern (law school clinic placement)
Jan-1982 to May-1982 United States House of Representatives
Law school clinical internship in the office of the Honorable Ted Weiss, U.S. House of Representatives. Projects included the preparation of a significant position paper on enterprise zones, 128 CONG. REC. E1163-64 (daily ed. Mar. 23, 1982)(Statement of Rep. Weiss).
Assistant Instructor (Sociology), University of Kansas
Aug-1977 to Dec-1979 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
Designed and taught undergraduate Social Problems classes (while completing an MA in Sociology).
Teacher of English As A Foreign Language
Jun-1974 to May-1977 Strategakis Schools of English Thessaloniki GREECE
Taught English as a Foreign Language to all ages and levels of proficiency at a private Greek language school.
Special Training Includes:
NM State Rules and Rulemaking: An Introduction, State Records Center and Archives Online Training Center, August 2010.
Mediation Master Class, UNM School of Law, March 2002.
2001 Leadership Training Institute, Inaugural Class Graduate, State Bar of New Mexico.
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 1988.
Qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and other assessment instruments.
Series online columnist for the Los Alamos Daily Post, 2/14/13 to present.
Author of Gini Nelson Law Office practice area blogs: NM Bankruptcy Law (personal and small business debt options), Managing Student Loans; and Handling Conflict (relationship, separation, divorce law).
Past Contributing Author to the Bankruptcy Law Network, February 2009 to 2011.
Author of Engaging Conflicts (providing news and commentary on science, ethics and spirit issues and developments relevant to a high conflict professional practice, and author of related e-Newsletter, Engaging Conflicts Today) (March 2006 to present, but on a very occasional basis in recent years, although about to be revived).
Biweekly Print Columnist with the Los Alamos Monitor on various alternative dispute resolution and conflict management issues (February 2002 – December 2003).
Awards and Special Honors Include:
2007: Engaging Conflicts blog selected as a Mediate.com Featured Blog.
Invitee to and attendee at the 2006 Consolidating Our Collective Wisdom Conference: Best Counsel and Advice to the Next Generation, convened by The Keystone Center and Mediate.com, Keystone, CO.
Invitee to and attendee at the 2001 NM Supreme Court’s Self-Represented Litigants Conference.
Chair of 1st Judicial District’s Pro Se Challenge Project, awarded NM Bar Association’s Outstanding Program of 1999 Award.
Current Professional Associations
Member, NM Bar Association (active); Member, DC Bar Association (inactive).
Member, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Current volunteer work:
Member, NM State Bar Law Practice Management Committee (2007 to present).
Member, 1st Judicial District Court’s Access to Justice Committee on ADR and pro bono programs (part of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Access to Justice initiative)(2009 to present).
Chair, Nominating Committee for Board Member Recommendations for NM State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section (2011, 2010).
Presentations and Conferences
Presentations, Workshops and Conferences have included:
Panelist, 2014, NM Bench and Bar Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, NM: Building New Practices in the Changing Legal Market.
Co-Moderator Discussion Forum, Online Communications and Trust, Cyberweek 2013 hosted by The Werner Institute at Creighton University’s School of Law (Fall 2013).
Panelist, 2013, NM Bench and Bar Annual Conference, Santa Fe, NM: The Changing Law Practice: Work Smarter Not Harder.
Presenter, 2013, Resolving Disputes Constructively (40 Hour Basic Mediation Training) — NM Highlands U. Sch. of Social Work CE Workshop, Las Vegas, NM: Help With the Hard Stuff: Difficult Conversations and the MBTI; and also Panelist, What Can Be Done With Mediation Skills.
Presenter/panelist, Beyond same place, same time; an introduction to online dispute resolution tools for ADR professionals.” Cyberweek 2008 National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts (Fall 2008).
Presenter, 2008, State Bar of NM’s Law Practice Management Committee’s From Surviving to Thriving In Private Practice CLE, Albuquerque, NM: Having Those Difficult Conversations — Personality and Professionalism.
Presenter, 2007 Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ: Science, Ethics and Spirit (within the Neurobiology Special Series, applying neurobiology research to ADR); and Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!
Facilitator, Taking Peacemaking Public, Cyberweek 2007 National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts(Fall 2007).
Presenter, 40 ADR web sites in 60 Minutes, Cyberweek 2007 National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts(Fall 2007).
Presenter, Mediation Excellence in Cyberspace, Cyberweek 2007 National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts(Fall 2007).
Presenter, 2007 NM Bar Convention, Ruidoso, NM: Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!
Presenter, 2007 NM Mediation Association Winter Convocation, Albuquerque, NM: Conflict Communication With Psychological Type In Mind.
Presenter, 2006 NM Mediation Association Professional Development Conference, Santa Fe, NM: Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My!
Presenter, 2006 Podcamp West, San Francisco, CA: Legal Issues Relating to Podcasting; and Marketing Using the New Media.
Panel Member, Colorado Bar Association ADR Section and Colorado Council of Mediators’ October 12, 2006 Joint Luncheon Program, Denver, CO: Marketing Mediation Excellence.
Panel Member, 2006 Online Dispute Resolution Cyberweek, Online Teleseminar series program September 28, 2006: Mediation Excellence In Cyberspace (on the potential of blogs and blog-supported online activities and resources for professional development and networking).
Organizer, Sponsor and Faculty, 2006 Rocky Mountain ADR Retreat and Symposium, Boulder, CO: Science, Personality and Conflict; and What Brain Science and Personality Theory Tell Us About Ethics.
Presenter, 2005 Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN: The New Brain, Descartes’ Error, and Cultural Biology — Applying the New Brain Studies Findings and Psychological Type Theories to Conflict Management Practice.
Faculty, 2005 NM 1st Judicial District Court’s ADR Program Conflict Management In Settlement Facilitation, Santa Fe, NM: Dealing with Personalities, Emotion and Conflict: How Your Conflict Style Affects Outcome.