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Randi McGinn

McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry P.A.
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Randi McGinn
McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry P.A.

Randi McGinn is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers, having represented thousands of men and women in her 40 years of practice and having tried to verdict over 130 civil and criminal cases – everything from trucking collisions to workplace violence to medical malpractice to products liability lawsuits. She lost only 6 of those trials, giving her a 95% success rate.

Trials are won and cases are settled based on who tells the best story. Having started out as a journalist, Randi McGinn is a consummate storyteller. From the pile of facts that is your case, she reaches in and pulls out the beating heart of your story. She is famous for her creativity in the courtroom and use of both high- and low-tech demonstrative evidence to help the jury see and understand what happened. She has utilized powerful animations, life-size human blowups, persuasive PowerPoint presentations, toy cars and trucks, and three-dimensional models of roadways and a mountain hillside to re-create accidents in the courtroom.

The first woman president of the Inner Circle of Advocates (a group of the 100 best trial lawyers in the U.S.), she is able to reveal the truth through her devastating cross-examinations. Ms. McGinn has destroyed adverse witnesses by leaving a pretentious Beverly Hills doctor standing in front of the jury covered with post-its and clutching a grapefruit to his chest and by grilling a government snitch until he threw up. You can watch her takedown of an expert in this cross-examination of Bill Lewinski.

She recently was appointed as a special prosecutor and tried the first New Mexico criminal case against any police officer. Two Albuquerque police officers faced charges for an on-the-job shooting of a homeless man, James Boyd. The case ended in a hung jury but reduced the number of shootings of citizens by the Albuquerque Police Department.

Ms. McGinn has obtained several of the largest verdicts in New Mexico history. In 2019, she obtained the largest verdict ever against a semi-trailer manufacturer for its decision not to build its trailers with side underride guards that would prevent passenger cars from becoming trapped underneath the trailer.

She started her career with a bang by giving birth to her daughter, Heather, the day before the 3-day bar examination.


AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America®: 1993 - Present

Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year:

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2019

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2015

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2014

Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Albuquerque: 2013

Criminal Defense: General Practice, Albuquerque: 2011

Top 25 lawyers in NM, Southwest Super Lawyers®

Super Lawyers® 2007 - 2021

Top 10 Lawyers, Albuquerque Magazine 

Recipient, Justice Mary Walters Award, UNM Women’s Law Caucus

Recipient, UNM Distinguished Alumni Award

Recipient, NM Status for the Commission on Women Award

Emerge NM Woman of the Year

First Woman Admitted to Roehl Circle of Trial Lawyers

Listed in American Lawyers Magazine “Women Leaders in the Law” 

Lawyer of the Year, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2017

500 Best Lawyers in the US, Lawdragon 500

Legends of the Law, Lawdragon 2020

First Woman President, Inner Circle of Advocates, 2016-2017

Compassionate Gladiatrix Award

Professional Memberships

Inner Circle of Advocates (Best 100 plaintiff’s lawyers in the U.S.) First Woman President, 2016- 2017

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) Board of Directors, 1986- Present

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) President, 1994- 1995

American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors, 2003- Present

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005- Present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors, 1999- 2005

American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), 2004- Present

New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project President, 2000-2007

State Bar of New Mexico


Lecturer, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Lecturer, American Association for Justice (AAJ)

National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)

Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico Law School 

Peter Chase Neumann Lecturer, University of Arizona, 2017

Regularly teaches or lectures 1-2 times a month at bar associations, legal groups, and law schools around the country

Pro-Bono Activities

Founder and Member of the Board of Directors, Emerge NM

EDO Community Development Board, 2011 to 2020

Shareholder, Sandia Motorsports Raceway

Menaul School Board of Trustees 2010-2013


Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win, Trial Guides, 2014. 


University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico


New Mexico


U.S. District Court District of New Mexico

U.S. District Court District of Colorado


Inner Circle

Lawdragon 500

Best Lawyers in America

Super Lawyers

AV Preeminent Rated

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