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Deena L. Buchanan

Deena L. Buchanan

Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
  • Employment Law, Personal Injury
  • New Jersey, New Mexico
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Summary

HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION AT WORK. WAGE VIOLATIONS. OVERTIME LAWS.
Workplace law is tricky and the consequences of not following the law are serious. I represent individuals and small business owners when they need employment law help. Whether you are a business owner trying to do the right thing, or a person who has suffered from discrimination or pay violations, you need a strong lawyer on your side.

CAR ACCIDENTS, WRONGFUL DEATH. PERSONAL INJURY.
The types of injuries I deal with can create a ripple effect that changes everything for a whole family in an instant. I understand and have over two decades of experience fighting these fights. When I worked for insurance companies, I often handled cases worth tens of millions of dollars. When I was badly hurt in a car accident, I decided that someday, I would start my own practice so I could help people struggling with injuries.

BIOGRAPHY.
I have been licensed to practice law in New Mexico since 1998. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with highest honors in 1995. At Pitt, I sang with the internationally touring a cappella Heinz Chapel Choir and served in student government. In 1998, I graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center after serving as an Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. After law school, I moved to New Mexico to begin my law career at a large firm in Albuquerque. I then practiced with large firms and a Fortune 500 company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, gaining great experience on cases that drew national attention.

In 2008, I brought my family back to New Mexico, where I continued to get trial and litigation experience in all aspects of injury law, medical malpractice and employment law. I founded the Buchanan Law Firm, LLC in 2019 and am based in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I represent individuals, small businesses and employers on an hourly basis, providing advice on business disputes, how to comply with federal and state laws and how to minimize legal risks. I accept credit card payments for these types of cases when that is more convenient for my clients.
  • Contingent Fees
    I represent injured people and employees on a contingency fee basis. I don't get paid on these cases until I recover for my client.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Each case is different, so contact me to discuss which fee arrangement suits your case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/ Managing Partner
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Albuquerque Managing Partner
Ray, McChristian & Jeans, PC
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I represented businesses, governmental entities and people in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, trucking accident and employment litigation. I also gave advice to small businesses and employers about complying with wage/hour and employment laws, contract negotiations and real estate.
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D.
Honors: cum laude
Activities: Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Administrative Editor
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
B.A.
Honors: summa cum laude
Awards
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
AV-Preeminent Rating
Martindale Hubbell
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Current
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
member
- Current
New Jersey State Bar # 010662000
Member
- Current
New Mexico State Bar
Member
- Current
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Litigating Like a Hometowner, TADC/NMDLA 2017 West Texas Seminar, Ruidoso, NM
TADC/NMDLA
Spoke about the differences between Texas and New Mexico civil procedure and substantive tort law for multi-state practitioners.
Litigating Like a Hometowner, TADC/NMDLA 2018 West Texas Seminar, Ruidoso, NM
TADC/NMDLA
Spoke about the differences between Texas and New Mexico civil procedure and substantive tort law for multi-state practitioners.
Websites & Blogs
Website
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
Website
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC Law Blog
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. can I use my tenants damage deposit towards reimbursement of my $1500 insurance deductible? They caused a grease fire
A: It depends on how the lease defines what you can use the deposit for.
Q. Church case. Need to ID abuser. Early 80s. Can I just ask the church? Would that damage anything?
A: You should speak to a personal injury attorney about this. If you are able to bring the claim within the statute of limitations, you could sue the church and get discovery from the church that could help you get information about the individual who abused you. There are deadlines that apply to these kinds of cases and some exceptions for recovered memory cases, but please speak to someone soon.
Q. I HAVE BEEN WORKING FULL TIME FROM HOME FOR 6 MONTHS UNDER A DR'S CARE FOR A SUDDEN HEART PROBLEM.
A: You should definitely reach out to a New Mexico employment lawyer about this. You are describing retaliation for taking leave for a serious medical condition, which is illegal under New Mexico law. While you have a smaller employer, New Mexico employment law protects employees as long as the employer has four or more employees (unlike federal law). You may have claims for disability, serious medical condition and age discrimination/retaliation. There are important deadlines that apply to filing these claims with the state Department of Workforce Solutions, and I encourage you to speak to an attorney about the details.
Q. Do I have to sign a release of information for all former and any company I applied for since my constructive discharge?
A: Are you handling this case by yourself? If possible, I strongly urge you to consult with an attorney. Litigation is filled with these kinds of issues that can get your case dismissed if you don't handle them properly. I believe you are asking about an employment information release. Those are standard, but I generally limit the time period to the past 10 years.
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Contact & Map
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC (physical office)
6916 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Suite B-10
Albuquerque, NM 87111
USA
Telephone: (505) 900-3559
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC (mailing address)
12231 Academy Road NE
#300-199
Albuquerque, NM 87111
USA
Telephone: (505) 900-3559