Kathy Love (Albuquerque)
Experienced Albuquerque Lawyer
About Kathy Love Albuquerque
An experienced civil attorney based in New Mexico, Kathy Love is involved with a number of professional organizations and associations. These include the board of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association for which she is President-Elect, the Federal Civil Local Rules Committee, and the American Association for Justice Board of Governors. Kathy Love has been a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, P.A., in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2003. She represents clients who have experienced the worst things in their lives and want to make a difference in the community so such things do not happen to others in the future. She handles cases involving corporate wrongdoing, unfair practices, insurance bad faith and fraud, medical malpractice, dangerous products liability and other cases that can empower citizens to make their community safer.
In addition to working with clients, Kathleen Love devotes time, energy, and resources to a number of civic and community organizations such as mentoring high school students considering a career in the legal field, mentoring young women who are on probation through the juvenile justice system who need redirection and guidance, and teaching classes at the University of New Mexico School of Law on an adjunct basis.
In her personal life, Kathy Love enjoys contributing to her community through non-profit organizations. She is a founding member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance which was formed one summer night outdoors around a campfire and now thrives as a strong community organization with numerous full-time employees and many successful campaigns to protect wilderness in New Mexico.
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Leads Campaign to Save Mexican Grey Wol
A civil attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kathy Love represents clients in suits against for-profit companies whose actions resulted in the harm or wrongful death of loved ones. A supporter of various social justice causes, Kathy Love’s community contributions extend outside her professional life. Kathleen Love is a founding member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, which oversees a number of initiatives benefiting New Mexico’s wilderness, including the Mexican Gray Wolves: Share The Land Campaign.
Considered the most endangered mammal in North America, the Mexican gray wolf once roamed throughout the southwestern United States. Public opinion concerning wolves declined after they began preying on livestock introduced to pack territories. Pressure from the livestock industry prompted the U.S. Biological Survey (now referred to as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department) to begin a mass extermination of wolves, which nearly eradicated the Mexican gray wolf entirely. The implementation of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 stopped the slaughter, but by then only seven individual wolves remained.
Despite subsequent recovery efforts, Mexican wolf populations remain low due to unfavorable polices towards wolves by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and opposition from ranchers. Experts estimate the population around 80 wild individuals. The Share The Land Campaign’s goal is to educate the public on the importance of whole, intact ecosystems, which rely on the presence of wolves for survival. As a keystone species, wolves are essential to the health of ecosystems; their role in the regulation of deer and elk populations keeps the land healthy and sustainable for other wildlife species.
In 2012, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance released a special wolf edition of its newsletter that focused on the history, recovery efforts, and current challenges involving wolf conservation. It also included studies on the wolf predation of livestock, which concluded wolves kill far less livestock each year than natural causes, disease, and other predatory animals such as feral dogs and coyotes.
Wolf recovery initiatives saw some success in 2014 with reports of a steady increase in population numbers and sightings of the first litter of wolf pups born in the wild since Mexico’s reintroduction of wolves in 2011.
Torres v. the Albuquerque Police Department
Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Love, a partner at the firm McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, helps individuals defend themselves against wrongdoing by government or private organizations. Kathy Love has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, and her career is marked by several notable victories in court, including the 2014 case of Torres v. Albuquerque Police Department (APD).
In 2011, 27-year-old Christopher Torres was shot and killed by two APD detectives who came to his home to deliver a warrant for a traffic incident. The detectives were plain-clothed and jumped over the fence into Mr. Torres's back yard while Mr. Torres was swinging on a swing in his pajamas and socks spending time with his dog. After they shot and killed him, the officers claimed Christopher Torres tried to grab their guns from them and that they responded in self-defense. Judge Shannon Bacon rejected those claims, finding no credible evidence that Torres had attempted to take their weapons.
At the conclusion of the trial, the judge awarded the Torres family $6 million in damages. The case, and the federal civil rights case arising out of the same incident, settled.
American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Attorney Kathleen Love is a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, a New Mexico law firm largely dedicated to standing up to insurance companies and other large corporations on behalf of individuals. Kathy Love is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice, formerly called the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Known as AAJ, the group provides its members with networking opportunities and continuing education, and it also advocates for the civil justice system.
One of AAJ’s initiatives is the Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The competition, which spans the United States and is held annually, provides an opportunity for law students to argue in mock civil trials and gain experience as well as feedback from experienced lawyers in their field. The competition is open to students in all U.S. law schools, and each school may nominate two teams of four members each. A round of 14 regional competitions is held, after which one team from each region competes in the national tournament. The national winners are awarded a trip to AAJ’s annual convention; each team member also receives a $2,000 award.
The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Kathleen Love, attorney and partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, has long been active in the environment conservation scene. Kathy Love is a founding member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and serves on the organization’s board.
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is engaged in various activities and campaigns to protect the wilderness particularly in the state of New Mexico. It was founded in 1997 and takes a grassroots approach to protecting public land and wild animals. The nonprofit organization utilizes federal wilderness designation, ongoing stewardship, and administrative protection to achieve its goals.
To this end, the organization fought hard to produce landmark conservation achievements. Among them was helping to form a coalition so that the Columbine Hondo Wilderness would be given wilderness designation. The organization assisted in obtaining letters of support and resolutions from various organizations and entities in the county of Taos. This ultimately led to the protection of 46,0000 acres of wilderness in Taos County, with the Columbine Hondo area given wilderness designation in December 2014 through an act signed by President Obama.
Exploring the Gaps in Access to Justice in America
A partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, Kathleen Love, an attorney, represents those who have been hurt by profit-driven companies. Committed to ensuring equality of justice to all, Kathy Love, Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident, supports Equal Access to Justice (EAJ).
On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright historically ruled that all accused in criminal cases have a right to representation by a lawyer, whether they can pay for one or not. However, more than half a century later, this right is unattainable by many individuals in the United States.
Because civil matters were not included in the Supreme Court decision, many states do not provide legal aid services to the underprivileged, leaving thousands of individuals to move forward unrepresented in cases involving foreclosures, spousal abuse, and job loss. Congressional support has also failed to cap the huge disparities. According to the Congress-backed Legal Services Corporation, an organization that connects individuals with low income to lawyers, up to 80% of low-income households’ legal needs go unmet.
According to the World Justice Project, the United States ranks 66 in a list of 98 countries in terms of accessibility and affordability of justice. EAJ works to ensure equality before the law means all people have access to legal services regardless of their household income.
American Association for Justice - Advocacy for Senior Home Residents
Attorney Kathleen Love practices civil law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, Kathy Love often focuses her efforts on clients from underprivileged backgrounds. Kathy Love applies her knowledge as an attorney to undertake pro bono work and legal advocacy, and holds a seat on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.
The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, provides trial lawyers with the resources they need to most effectively represent their clients. The AAJ also engages in political advocacy, and works to support legislation that will best help its members and their clients.
Since late 2016, the AAJ has been watching over a proposed federal rule designed to protect nursing home residents. Many stakeholders, including AAJ representatives, oppose forced arbitration clauses in senior care contracts. These agreements force families to give up certain rights, including the right to litigation and a trial by jury in the event of a dispute or neglect.
A new federal rule is poised to prohibit these forced arbitration contracts, leaving residents free to seek legal assistance and protection. The AAJ hopes to see this legislation enacted quickly, despite objections in the nursing home industry.
Free Family Legal Aid Clinics Offer Consultation on Civil Case Matters
Attorney Kathleen “Kathy” Love is a partner at McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attorney Kathy Love also supports the New Mexico Legal Aid, which offers a variety of monthly events, including the Free Family Legal Clinic for residents in Albuquerque.
Held on the first Wednesday of each month, the clinic enables members of the public to seek free legal advice on an assortment of civil matters, including landlord disputes, foreclosure, public benefits, bankruptcy, power of attorney and probate, and consumer and employee rights. The clinic provides consultations on a first-come, first-serve basis and limits attendance to the first 25 people that meet the requirements for low-income assistance. Attendees must also bring any related paperwork with them. Attorneys cannot offer consultations on matters regarding family law.
Clinic hours are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third-floor conference room at Albuquerque’s Second Judicial District Court on Lomas Boulevard.
Successful Representation of Clients in a Serious Injury Case
Kathy Love is an Albuquerque attorney with McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, PA. She practices in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury and handles cases throughout New Mexico. Kathy Love and partners represent people when the worst thing in their lives has happened to them - the loss of a loved one, catastrophic injury, for example. They take on the big guys on behalf of the little guys, often finding themselves up against 5 or more large defense firms.
Love’s firm has taken on a number of high-profile cases in the area of wrongful death and serious injuries. These include the New Mexico District Court case Moore, et al. v. El Paso Natural Gas Co., et al., which involved workers at a “cryogenics” gas plant. In this situation, the valve manufacturer did not spend a small amount on a safety device that might have prevented gas backflow while routine maintenance was being undertaken. As a result of that small savings, 3 men were blown up and nearly killed.
The challenge faced by the firm was describing complex plant schematics in a way that jurors with no previous knowledge of the mechanisms in play would understand. Creating a short, impactful presentation was a key facet in effectively conveying the plaintiff’s case and bringing about a successful court result.