Born and raised in Valencia County, New Mexico with long-standing ties to the region, Ricardo S. Gonzales joined the firm as an associate in 2020. Ricardo graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law where he attained admission to the Order of the Coif. During law school, his course of study focused on real property law, water law, and business law.  Prior to law school, he obtained his master’s degree in the History of the U.S. West from the University of New Mexico, graduating with distinction and working as an associate editor at the New Mexico Historical Review.



University of New Mexico School of Law

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2020

Order of the Coif

University of New Mexico: Department of History

Master of Arts, with distinction, May 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Associate Editor at the New Mexico Historical Review

University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, cum laude, December 2009

Major: Philosophy



Judge J.V. Gallegos Memorial Scholarship

Real Property Trust and Estate Section of the State Bar


Order of the Coif

Lansing B. Bloom Family Award for Best Master’s Thesis on New Mexico History

Felix Briones Award in Ethical Integrity in Business Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Water Law


Ricardo S. Gonzales, “The L. & H. Huning Mercantile Company: A Case Study of Mercantile Conquest in the Rio Abajo Region of New Mexico, 1848-1880” (Apr. 10, 2017) (M.A. thesis, University of New Mexico) (available at https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/164/).