Sandra Morgan Little

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: 2007 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

As a managing partner at Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A., Sandra Morgan Little handles family law cases that involve complex and high-asset divorce. A native of New Mexico, she works with people in Albuquerque and across the state, and she has taken hundreds of cases to court in order to protect her clients.

In 1975, Ms. Little received a Bachelor of Arts from New Mexico State University. She then earned a Juris Doctor in 1978 from The University of New Mexico School of Law.

Having more than 35 years of experience enables Ms. Little to take on even the most complicated issues. Though she is known for her litigation skills, she recognizes that moving toward settlement is often in her client's best interests. Ms. Little is a certified family law specialist through the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, as well as a trained collaborative attorney.

Thanks to her continuing commitment to clients, Ms. Little has received a number of accolades, such as holding an Avvo "Superb" rating; getting selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; and earning the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Little finds the most rewarding part of her work to be reaching a solution that exceeds a client's expectations. She has access to advanced resources and tools through her involvement with groups such as the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of New Mexico.

When she is not with clients, Ms. Little delivers lectures and enjoys writing about her practice area. She also serves as a hearing review officer for the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of New Mexico.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2016

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White Papers

  • (2004) - Contributor, A White Paper, An Analysis of the Law Regarding Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships, ABA, Section of Family Law

  • About Sandra Little

    Admitted 1978, New Mexico

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    Honors and Awards:

    • Martindale Hubbell's Preeminent Women Lawyer
    • Martindale Hubbell's Preeminent Lawyer
    • One of the Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico, 2013 
    • Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year, 2010
    • "Pathways to Leadership" Recognition, ABA Commission, Women in the Profession, 1999 
    • Chair's Cup, Meritorious Service Exceeding what's Expected of Our Leadership, ABA Family Law Section, 1998
    • Certificate of Outstanding Service, ABA Family Law Section, 1988, 1989, 1992, & 1996
    • Best of the Bar Award in Family Law by New Mexico Business Weekly, 2010
    • Listed in Southwest Super Superlawyers, 2007-2013
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1887, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, & 2013
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Bar Award, State Bar of New Mexico, 1985
    • Outstanding Contribution to the Bar Award, State Bar of New Mexico, 1995
    •  Special Recognition, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 1995
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
    • New Mexico Business Weekly's "Best of the Bar", 2010
    • The Best Lawyer in Family Law in New Mexico, 2010
    • Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 1999
    • Named Best Family Lawyer for New Mexico, The Best Lawyers in America 2009
    • Selected as Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1985
    • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Trained Collaborative Attorney
    • New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Fellow, ACTFL, 1999 - present
    • New Mexico, 1978
    • Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, Succession and Transition Committee
    • Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group
    • Chair, American Bar Association Family Law Section, 1999-2000
    • President, State Bar of New Mexico, Senior Lawyers Division
    • State Bar of New Mexico, Chair Family Law Section
    • Chair, Work Group Same Sex Marriage/Non-Marital Unions, Family Law Sec., ABA, 2004
    • Co-Chair, Arbitration Implementation Committee, AAML, 2002-2003
    • Member, Focus on Forever Committee, AAML, 1998-1999
    • Member, Law Practice Management Section, Commission on Domestic Violence, ABA
    • Member & Chair, Various Committees, Family Law Section, ABA, 1991-2012
    • Member & Chair, Various Committees, Young Lawyers Division, ABA, 1984-1989
    • Hearing Review Officer, Supreme Court State of NM Disciplinary Board, 1995-Present
    • Vice/Co-Chair, Bench & Bar Relations Committ., NM State Bar Association, 1990-1995
    • Board Member, CLE Chair, Young Lawyers Div., NM State Bar Association, 1983-1986
    • Board Member, Senior Lawyers Division, NM State Bar Association, 2012-Present
    • Dispute Resolution Section, , Commission on Domestic Violence, ABA
    • Member, Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group, 2006-Present
    • Member, New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, 2006-Present
    • Member, International Association of Collaborative Practitioners, 2006-Present
    • Member, New Mexico Women's Bar Association, 1993-Present
    • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 1993-Present
    • Member, Albuquerque Bar Association, 1978-Present
    • Diplomat, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 1999-Present
    • Collaborative Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010-2013
    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984-Present
    • Senior Lawyer Division, Commission on Domestic Violence, American Bar Association
    • Member, Commission on Domestic Violence, American Bar Association, 1997-2000
    • Council Member, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1986-2001
    • Judicial Selection Committee, New Mexico State Bar Association, 1987-1989
    • Board of Bar Commissioners, New Mexico State Bar Association, 1984-1985
    • President, Young Lawyers Division, New Mexico State Bar Association, 1984-1985
    • Chair Elect, Senior Lawyers DIvision, New Mexico State Bar Association, 2012-2013
    • Various Committees, New Mexico State Bar Association, 1983-Present
    • Chair, New Mexico State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1986-87

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Board Member, Children's Grief Center of New Mexico

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Divorce in New Mexico, ADDICUS, edition, 10/15/2015
    • Contributor, 101+ Practical Solutions for the Family Lawyer, ABA, 1996
    • Divorce and Domestic Relations Litigation: Financial Adviser's Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003
    • "Busy Season for Untying Knots", ABA Journal, January 1998
    • Child Custody and Visitation: Law and Practice, Matthew Bender, 1998
    • Contributor, The Joy of Settlement, The Family Lawyer's Guide to Effective Negotiations and Settlement Strategies, American Bar Association, 1997
    • "Helping Long-Distance Parents Stay In Touch", Fairshare, June 1997
    • "A Move in the Right Direction", Family Advocate, Fall 1997
    • "Lining Up an Expert Witness", Family Advocate, Spring 1995
    • "Requested Rulings-Give the Judge a Guide", The Complete Lawyer, Fall 1991
    • "Counsel by Clergy: Is it Privileged", Family Advocate, Summer 1987
    • "Winning a Rehabilitative Alimony Plan for Your Client", Barrister, Summer 1989
    • Barrister, Family Law Practice Notes Editor, 1988-1989
    • Consultant, Marital Property Log, W.T. Rogers & Company (Madison, WI), 1987
    • New Mexico Editor, Community Law Journal,  1982-1990

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Hagan v. Hardwick, 95 N.M. 517, 624, P2d 126 (1981)
    • Buckner v. Buckner, 95 N.M. 337, 622, P.2d, 242 (1981)
    • Britton v. Britton, 100 N.M. 424, 671 P2d 1135 (1983)
    • Koppenhaver v. Koppenhaver, 101 N.M. 106, 678 P2d (1180) (Ct. App.) Cert.den. 101 N.M. 11, 677 P2d 624 (1984)
    • Berry v. Meadows, 103 N.M. 761, 713 P.2d 1017 (Ct. App. 1986)
    • Norris v. Saueressig, 104 N.M. 85, 717 P.2d 61 (Aff'd.), 104 N.M. 76, 717 P.2d 52 (1986)
    • Pacheco v. Quintana, 105 N.M. 139, 730 P.2d 1 (Ct. App. 1987)


    • Little, Gilman-Tepper, & Batley Law Firm 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:

    • New Mexico State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Administration in Management, 1975
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    Office Location for Sandra Morgan Little

    500 Marquette Avenue Northwest
    Suite 1310
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

    Phone: 505-246-0500


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