For 23 years, Lisa has prosecuted negligent and reckless corporations, people, insurance companies and the government in civil cases for New Mexico's working families, dedicating her career to helping and protecting victims killed or permanently harmed because of the wrongful conduct of others.
Lisa is primarily a malpractice trial lawyer. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1993, where she was distinguished with the Tort Scholar Award for her graduating class. Following law school, she immediately began civil trial practice. Her practice has focused over the last decade on prosecuting primarily medical malpractice cases for patients killed or permanently harmed by bad medical care. She has handled and tried cases on behalf of hundreds of victims. She has worked directly against insurance companies for bad faith insurance practices, automobile and semi-truck crashes, products liability cases, Fair Labor Standards Act violations and violent torts, most notably helping children who were the victims of sexual abuse. It was because of this work that Lisa introduced key legislation in the 2012 session to extend the time a victim of childhood sexual abuse can pursue charges against their abuser.
Lisa has had the privilege of representing countless New Mexico families over the years, including the Cardon family. After a long trial against a careless doctor, the jury found the doctor to have recklessly caused the death of their much beloved mother. The jury assessed a verdict of over $6 million against the doctor. The Jury's high verdict sent a message to the New Mexico Medical Board who then restricted that doctor's license, so that similar harm could not happen to another family.
Other cases represented by Lisa include holding an alcoholic surgeon accountable in a wrongful death case, who negligently operated while actively drinking (he then surrendered his license to practice medicine because of the case); and another powerful doctor's license was taken because he was sexually abusing his patients. These and other doctors, who have committed gross negligence, have had their licenses surrendered or restricted because of Lisa's commitment to the victims and their families.
In Spencer v. Health Force, Lisa's case created case law that requires home healthcare agencies to make sure their employees are safe for the vulnerable elderly and disabled population they care for. In other appellate cases she solidified rights of people against irresponsible insurance companies in both the Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals through Sloan v. State Farm. Lisa is known in the legal community for protecting the rights of children in the settlement of claims through our state appellate court, and is currently fighting our government to be responsible when they caused an elderly man's wrongful death.
Lisa was selected for inclusion by her peers for 'The Best Lawyers in America', a Super Lawyer for New Mexico in Medical Malpractice, and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for New Mexico by The American Trial Lawyers Association. She was appointed by the Supreme Court and currently serves on the State Bar Committee on the Judiciary and the New Mexico Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee.
Lisa is Trustee of her Fund, the LK Curtis Children's Fund, which seeks out programs to protect and enhance the education and lives of children in New Mexico. Lisa is married to her very supportive husband, Bob Curtis, and is raising four very busy teenage children.
Areas of Practice
Federal Appellate Practice
Federal Claims Court
Federal Trial Practice
State Appellate Practice
State Trial Practice
Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff
Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
Property Damage -- Plaintiff
Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Fair Labor Standards Act Violations
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
New Mexico, 1993
U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1994
Supreme Court of the United States of America
University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D. - 1993
Honors: Tort Scholar Award
Advanced Trial Evidence, Adjunct Professor University of New Mexico School of Law, 2009 - 2014
National Speaker, American Association for Justice
Calling the Defendant in the Plaintiff's Case: Why, How and When', Scottsdale, Arizona
'Preparing and Trying the Surgical Mishap Case', Phoenix, Arizona
Lectures on Trial Practice in both State and Federal court for last 15 years, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation
Lectures on Federal Court Rules and Procedure, United Stated District Court Federal Bar Association
State Speaker, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation
Speaker on Trial Rules of Civil Procedure, United States District Court Federal Bar Association
Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers in America? Personal Injury
Super Lawyer for New Mexico Medical Malpractice
American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers New Mexico
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Trial Lawyers Association, Leaders Forum
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2011 - 2012
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
Pro Bono Activities
Trustee L.K. Curtis Children's Fund