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Deena L. Buchanan

Deena L. Buchanan

Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
  • Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • New Jersey, New Mexico
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Workplace law is tricky and the consequences of not following the law are serious. I represent individuals who have been harmed, either due to wrongful employer practices or accidents. If you have suffered from discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, or a workplace injury, you need a strong lawyer on your side.

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.

I have been licensed to practice law in New Mexico since 1998. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with highest honors in 1995. 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
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
Video Conferencing
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  • WhatsApp
  • 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
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New Mexico
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/ Managing Partner
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Albuquerque Managing Partner
Ray, McChristian & Jeans, PC
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.
Georgetown University Law Center
Honors: cum laude
Activities: Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Administrative Editor
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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
Honors: summa cum laude
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America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
AV-Preeminent Rating
Martindale Hubbell
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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New Jersey State Bar  # 010662000
- Current
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New Mexico State Bar
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Pennsylvania State Bar
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Speaking Engagements
Litigating Like a Hometowner, TADC/NMDLA 2017 West Texas Seminar, Ruidoso, NM
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
Spoke about the differences between Texas and New Mexico civil procedure and substantive tort law for multi-state practitioners.
Websites & Blogs
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC Law Blog
Legal Answers
9 Questions Answered
Q. I was laid off of work while on FMLA. What can I do?
A: This situation may trigger retaliation claims under the FMLA, the ADA, and the NM Human Rights Act. You should contact an experienced New Mexico employment lawyer to discuss the details. Most of us offer consultations or case reviews for free. There are fairly short time limits for pursuing these claims, so please contact someone soon and good luck with resolving this.
Q. What is the statute of limitations for a premise liability claim? I was assaulted by two individuals in a parking lot
A: The statute of limitations for injury claims is three years in NM. If you were a minor, you have up to an extra year after you turn 18. If the claim is against the government, it is a shorter deadline.
Q. As a victim of hit and run j with great bodily harm, shouldn't I recieve summons or subpoena to give my story to courts?
A: You can sue her in civil court. Our firm is currently representing someone in a hit and run case in Albuquerque.
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Contact & Map
Buchanan Law Firm, LLC (physical office)
5345 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Suite 202
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Telephone: (505) 900-3559
Fax: (505) 933-7551
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: During the Covid pandemic, we offer phone and web meetings. We have limited in-person appointments as needed to protect our clients’ legal rights.
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