Roberta S. Batley

Roberta S. Batley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A.
 | 500 Marquette Avenue Northwest, Suite 1310
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-246-0500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Family Law attorney Bobbie Batley is dedicated to helping her clients get through one of the most trying times of their life with the goal of reaching a better place emotionally and financially post-divorce. Bobbie embraces her cases with a thoughtful passion for each client’s individual needs and concerns. She then works diligently to create the best options for resolving the last chapter of their marriage.

A skilled trial lawyer who brings equal tenacity to the settlement table, Bobbie believes the best way to settle a case is to be prepared for trial. She also values Collaborative Divorce as a powerful option for her clients and offers advanced Collaborative techniques and interest-based negotiation skills.

Bobbie’s commitment to families is evident not only in her case work, but also in the time she spends working with organizations and within the Court system to decrease the animosity in family law and find solutions for families in transition.

The New Mexico native was born and raised in Farmington, and grew up in a family business. This experience gives her an intimate understanding of the dynamics in cases that involve family businesses.

Bobbie is Vice Chair for the ABA Family Law Section and other continuing legal education programs and has lectured nationally on such topics as business valuation, property division, working with expert witnesses, spousal support, trial strategy, and careers in Family Law. She has also authored articles on such topics as Electronic Evidence and The Text Message as Evidence and co-authored the book Divorce in New Mexico.

Certificates and Credentials

About Roberta Batley

Admitted 1996, New Mexico

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Honors and Awards:

  • Bobbie was elected Secretary of the ABA Family Law Section in August 2014., Secretary, ABA Family Law Section, 2014
  • New Mexico Business Weekly Best of the Bar for New Mexico, 2011                  
  • Admitted to US District Court for the District of New Mexico, 1999                   
  • Board Recognized Family Law Specialist for State of New Mexico, 2004-Present     
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present     
  • Advisory Board Member to the IAALS Honoring Families Initiative, 2011-Present     
  • Best Lawyers New Mexico Lawyer of the Year for Family Law, 2012                   
  • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms, 2011-Present     
  • Martindale Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers, 2012-Present     
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Preeminent Attorney, 2011-Present     
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-Present     
  • US News Best Lawyers Tier 1 Family Law Firm, 2010-Present     
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2009-Present     
  •  Admitted, State Bar of New Mexico, 1996                   

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2006-Present     
  • Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group, 2006-Present     
  •  Kiva Collaborative Practice Group, 2007-Present     
  • Board Member, New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, 2007-2010          
  • Committee member, Collaborative Symposium, 2008-2011          
  • Inn of Court, Four Corners American Inn of Court, 1997-1998        
  • Inn of Court, Stephen E. Sprague Family Law, 1998-2003         

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Secretary ABA Family Law Section 2015
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Institute, Family Law Section, 2001                 
  • Member, Tech. Committee, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-Present   
  • Fellow, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010-Present   
  • Member, ABA Family Law Sec., 1998-Present    
  • Member, New Mexico Woman's Bar Association, 1998-Present    
  • Member, Albuquerque Bar Association, 1998-Present    
  • Co-Chair, CLE COmmittee, Family Law Section, 2000-2001        
  • Participant, Law Day Call-In, Young Lawyers Division
  • Liaison, Family Law Sec., Young Lawyers Division, 2001-2002        
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, 1996-2006        
  • Member, Judicial Nominating Comm. 2nd Judicial District, NM State Bar Assoc., 2007     
  • Participant, Leadership Training Institute, New Mexico State Bar Association, 2001    
  • Graduate, Trial Advocacy Institute, ABA Family Law Sec., 2001                 
  • Member, Partners Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2002-2005       
  •  Member, Custody Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2002-2005       
  • Vice Chair, Alimony Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2003-2004      
  • Co-Chair, Member Benefit Development Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2003-2011      
  • Member, CLE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2004-2010      
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Relations Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2005-2007      
  • Host, Committee Santa Fe, ABA Family Law Sec., 2006               
  • Member, Nominating Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2006-2007       
  • Member, Long Range Planning Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2007-2010      
  • Committee Member, 50th Anniversary Ad Hoc, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008               
  • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
  • Chair, SCOPE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2013-2014      
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
  • Member, SCOPE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2010-Present  
  • Council Representative, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-Present  
  • Member Families Matter Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
  • Member, Tech. Committee, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-Present  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Co-Leader, Girl Scout Troop #261, NM Trails Girl Scout Council, 2004-2010        
  • Alpha Leader, First United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, NM, 2005-2007        
  • Leadership New Mexico Connect Program Graduate, 2007                 
  • Leadership New Mexico, Curriculum Committee Member, 2010-Present   
  • Volunteer Settlement Facilitator, Second Judicial District Court, 2000-Present   
  • Inducted to Girl Scout Hall of Fame, 2008                 
  • Board Member, First United Methodist Church Wesley Kids Childcare, 2003-2005        
  • Albuquerque Community Foundation, Future Fund Member, 2011-Present   

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Legal and Mental Health Issues of Children Experiencing Divorce, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM, December 6, 2000
  • Speaker, Running a Family Law Practice, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2001
  • Speaker, Law Office Management & Technology, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, April 18, 2003
  • Speaker, Alimony Modification, ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 17, 2003
  • Speaker, Family Law and the Young Attorney, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 7, 2003
  • Speaker, Transition to Practice, UNM School of Law, Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2003
  • Speaker, Tips and Tactics from the Trenches, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA August 8, 2004
  • Speaker, Family Law in New Mexico, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, August 16, 2004
  • Speaker, Divorce from A to Z, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, October 7, 2004
  • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 7, 2005
  • Speaker, Careers in Family Law, ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE Conference, San Diego, CA, September 28, 2005
  • Speaker, Ounce of Prevention, Pound of Cure:  Critical Financial Mistakes Made in Divorce in New Mexico, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM February 21, 2006
  • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA FAmily Law Section Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, August 7, 2006
  • Speaker, Is There Anybody Home?  Representing th Mentally or Chemically Impaired Client, LEI National CLE Conference, Snowmas, CO, January 6, 2007
  • Speaker, New Mexico Family Law Practice, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, February 20, 2008
  • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, New York, NY, August 10, 2008
  • Speaker, Family Law Hot Topics: The Hague Convention, Albuquerque Bar Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 3, 2009
  • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 3, 2009
  • Speaker, Strategic Uses for Business Valuation in Divorce Cases, Albuquerque Bar Association, February 2, 2010
  • Speaker, Family Law Review, Albuquerque Bar, February 5, 2013
  • Speaker, High Asset Divorce, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, March 6, 2013
  • Speaker, Animal Custody Issues, ABA Family Law Section, Spring CLE Conference, Anchorage, AK, April 18, 2013
  • Speaker, Using A Financial Expert in a Collaborative Divorce Case and Cross Examining a Financial Expert, AICPA Family Law Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 9 & 10, 2013
  • "Electronic Evidence", ABA Family Law Section, 2007    
  • Lecturer, Navigating Complex Asset Cases, NBI-Advanced Family Law, 2013       
  • "The Text Message as Evidence,"  ABA Family Law Section E-Newsletter, 2006      

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • No. 30,698   Evan Ullrich v. Paul Blanchard   The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico   143 N> 156, 173 P.3d 763 (Table), 2007 -NMCERT-011
  • Case No.26,398  Carsten Thoma, v. Tzveta Apostolova   New Mexico Court of Appeals   None-Summary Affirmance
  • Case No. 27,130   Evan Ullrich v. Paul Blanchard   New Mexico Court of Appeals  Reporter Citation: 142 N.M. 835, 171 P.3d 774, 2007-NMCA-145
  • No. 16-02-1/07   Carsten Thoma v. Tzveta Apostolova  Hague Application for theReturn of Miles Thoma from Bulgaria BULGARIAN Central Authority Hague Application


  • Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley has established a reputation as a leader in family law, both locally and nationally.  Attorneys at the firm are experienced in complicated matrimonial issues and represent high asset and high profile cases in New Mexico.  The Firm specializes in complex family matters involving a full range of domestic relations law, dissolution of marriage, separation, division and valuation of property, support, custody, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. By writing and speaking the attorneys make sure they are involved in the cutting edge practice of Family Law.  The attorneys are active statewide and nationally with prestigious Family Law organizations and have served in a leadership capacity in many of them. In addition to being successful and experienced litigators, each attorney is trained and actively participates in collaborative law, a resolution method designed to find a mutually acceptable settlement for all parties without going to court.  Through this process, disputes are solved respectfully under the advice of a team of collaborative professionals, allowing family members to heal and maintain positive relationships. Little, Gilman-Tepper established their law firm in 1993.  Roberta S. Batley, Partner, joined in 2003 and became a shareholder in 2007.   “No two divorces are the same and no two days are the same”, say Sandra Morgan Little, Partner and Co-Founder.  “We all deal with many interesting legal issues.  What remains the same is that we interact with people who are at a very difficult time in their lives, and we give each client the individual attention they need to help them successfully move on to the next stage of their life.” Little, Gilman-Tepper, & Batley, believe the key to success is hard work, being aware of clients’ goals for the divorces and tailoring representation within the law to meet those goals.

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico, December, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico, Magna cum Laude, 1992
Office Location for Roberta S. Batley

500 Marquette Avenue Northwest
Suite 1310
Albuquerque, NM 87102


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Last Updated: 12/17/2015

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