McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry P.A.
201 Broadway Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Kathy is driven to help people during the most vulnerable times of their lives—after the loss of a loved one or a catastrophic injury that permanently changes the course of their future. Every client who comes to her for help does so for two reasons: 1) so that their tragedy was not in vain, and 2) to make the community safer so that other families do not needlessly suffer in the future. It is her honor to support her clients through their grief and fight for systemic changes that will prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. No matter how big or rich a company she goes up against, she will fight for change that makes New Mexico families safer and more secure.
In her more than 20 years practicing law, she has made valuable contributions to her community as well as her clients. Kathy began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender fighting for individuals’ constitutional rights and promoting all individuals’ rights to effective counsel. Since entering private practice, she has helped many injury victims and their loved ones find justice and compensation after facing a tragedy. She works toward these same goals in her community activism and through her professional associations. Kathy recognizes that today’s youth are caring, innovative and hold the key to our future, so she dedicates much of her time and energy toward mentoring young people interested in the legal system and community activism. She contributes her time and energy to worthy pro bono cases such as representing young women subjected to domestic abuse, standing up against racist organizations and protecting our electorate.
With her deep compassion and proven skill as an advocate, Kathy is an attorney you want on your side during a difficult fight. Her impact can be seen directly in the results she has gotten for her clients. In 2014, she and her firm earned a $67.3-million verdict in 2014 against Biotronik for offering kickbacks to a doctor for implant a pacemaker into a patient who did not need it. The 23 other people who were also defrauded into pacemaker implant procedures by the same company and doctor obtained settlements shortly after the verdict.
She will work and fight hard to prove her clients’ cases. Kathy has been seen wearing a hard hat, investigating a copper smelting plant, testing faulty heaters (with safety precautions in place) that had caused numerous deaths, investigating dangerous roadways and the scenes of accidents and crimes, and interviewing witnesses all around New Mexico. The one consistent thread in all her cases is that she puts herself in the shoes of the people who were wronged and battles the corporate or government wrongdoers until justice is done.
Even when she’s not at work, Kathy’s strong sense of justice drives her. She has served on multiple boards of directors for organizations like the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which she co-founded around a campfire with like-minded wilderness lovers and which now has a staff of almost 20, hundreds of members, a nearly $2 million budget and has protected nearly 2 million acres of public land. She was President of NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico, and served on the boards of Equal Access for Justice, the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, and other charitable and professional groups. When help is needed, she is among the first to step forward. Her work demonstrates the depth of her commitment to helping her community and those around her.
When she isn’t fighting for justice in the courtroom or giving back to the community through charitable and professional organizations, Kathy is focused on her first love, her family. She likes to dance with her son, backpack in the wild of New Mexico, travel the world, read, learn new things, and meet people with different backgrounds and experiences than her own.
Past Employment State of New Mexico, Public Defender Department, Metro and Felony Divisions, Assistant Public Defender, 1997 to 2000
Honors ACLU Guardians of Liberty Award AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated, Judicial Edition, Martindale-Hubbell Martindale-Hubbell High Ethical Standards Rating Best Lawyers in America®: 2013 - Present Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Albuquerque: 2017 Southwest Super Lawyers®: 2014 - 2021 500 Best Lawyers in the US, Lawdragon 500
Classes/Seminars Former Adjunct Professor, Evidence and Trial Practice, University of New Mexico School of Law Mentor, Albuquerque Public Schools, Career Enrichment Center Presenter at Professional Association Seminars
Publications “Record on Appeal”, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Journal
Education DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D. - 1995 University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico Visiting Law Student - 1995 Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana B.S. - 1991 Major: Political Science Major: Telecommunications Major: Journalism
National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia
Professional Associations New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, President 2015 - 2016 New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, 2004 to Present; Secretary 2011 2012; President American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2013 to Present American Association for Justice, Member New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Former Member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Former Member New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, Member, Board of Directors, 2004 to 2007 Appointed to Several Judicial Nominating Commissions Equal Access to Justice, former Board Member
Licenses New Mexico U.S. District Court District of Colorado U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
Awards Lawdragon 500 Lawdragon 500 Super Lawyers Super Lawyers AV Preeminent Rated AV Preeminent Rated LOTY - Best Lawyers - Kathleen Love
Community Involvement ACLU, Member of Reproductive Rights Legal Panel, 2015 - present NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico, Board of Directors, Member, 2003 2007; President, 2005 to 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America, Board of Directors, Member 2005 - 2007 Equal Access for Justice, Board Member, 2014 to 2016 EMERGE New Mexico, Board Member, 2014-2015 New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Founding Member New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Board of Directors, Member, 1997 - 1998, 2002 2006; Secretary, 2004 to 2006 Power PAC, Board of Directors, Member; President North Valley Little League Volunteer