Bruce E. Thompson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, PC
 | 1801 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-343-1776
Fax: 505-344-7709
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Since 2004, Bruce E. Thompson has been helping injured people and their families by holding wrongdoers accountable for violations of federal and state law and other safety standards. A partner of the firm since 2008, Bruce handles cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, construction accidents, brain injury, trucking accidents and sexual abuse for those in Albuquerque and across New Mexico. 

    Bruce's entire practice is devoted to litigation, which includes civil appeals, civil rights, consumer rights and insurance bad faith cases. A member of the State Bar of New Mexico, the American Association of Justice and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers’ Association, he is admitted to practice in New Mexico and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating. He is a Fellow of the ABOTA National Trial College. 

    After earning a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College in 1993, Bruce attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and obtained a J.D. in 2003. He was awarded the law school’s Dean’s Award and the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Community, and he is named as an advocate by the American Association of Justice National College of Advocacy.

    Bruce regularly speaks on government liability, insurance law, civil procedure and personal injury litigation at New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association seminars.

    With a passion for protecting children, he is volunteer counsel for New Mexico Kids Matter, Inc., which advocates for children in foster care. He also serves as counsel for Albuquerque SANE Collaborative, which offers sexual assault and domestic violence victims immediate, compassionate and comprehensive medical treatment and forensic evaluation by nurse experts.

    * 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
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

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    About Bruce Thompson

    Admitted: 2003, New Mexico

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV® Preeminent ™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • The Best Lawyers in America for work in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, since 2013
    • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012 - 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014-2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Mexico Trial Lawyers’ Association (NMTLA), Board Member
    • Fellow, ABOTA National Trial College

    • University of New Mexico Law School Dean’s Award, 2003 - Present
    • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2003
    • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Member
    • Julia Raymond McCulloch Memorial Award for Scholarship in Constitutional Law, 2003 - Present
    • Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Community, 2003 - Present
    • Chair, NMTLA annual Tort Update CLE since 2011.
    • State Bar of New Mexico
    • Advocate, AAJ National College of Advocacy
    • Don G. McCormick Writing Prize, 2003 - Present
    • New Mexico, 2003

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Counsel for Albuquerque CASA, Inc. Counsel for Albuquerque SANE Collaborative  

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, NMTLA seminars


    • Rivera v. American General Financial Services, Inc., 2011-NMSC-033, 150 N.M. 398, 259 P.3d 803, 2011
    • Fraire v. Belen Consol. Sch. Dist., 2016 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 340, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • St. John’s College, Santa Fe, B.A. - 1993
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    Office Location for Bruce E. Thompson

    1801 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
    Albuquerque, NM 87104

    Phone: 505-343-1776

    Fax: 505-344-7709

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