Walter J. Melendres

Walter J. Melendres

Of Counsel

Santa Fe, NM



Mr. Melendres practices in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, general personal injury and employment litigation. He concentrates on representing hospitals in medical malpractice cases, automobile manufacturers in products liability, and employers in employment litigation. Mr. Melendres has had a broad range of trial experience, including class actions, over the past 35 years. In addition to his current concentrations, he has represented energy and mining companies in commercial litigation, contract disputes, environmental litigation and real property cases. He has twenty-six reported cases in New Mexico and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Stanford University Law School
Juris Doctor, 1972

University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts, With Honors, 1969


Representative Cases and Transactions

C de Baca v. Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Damian v. University of New Mexico
Garcia v. Wyeth
St. Martin, et al,. v. Wyeth
Manthey v. San Miguel Hospital Corporation
Lucero v. Las Vegas Medical Center

Representative Clients

University of New Mexico
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Community Health Systems, Inc.

Professional Memberships and Activities

American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
International Association of Defense Counsel
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
New Mexico State Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
First Judicial District Bar Association


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007 to Present

Best Lawyers In America, 2005 to Present

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers