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Mollie McGraw

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Las Cruces, NM

McGraw Law, LLC
165 West Lucero Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: 575-323-0154
Fax: 575-680-1200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
Licensed in New Mexico Since: 2006
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Rights (20%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%), Insurance Coverage (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Mollie McGraw is an experienced trial attorney in the pursuit of justice and accountability. She represents plaintiffs in civil litigation in state and federal courts in New Mexico, including personal injury, civil rights, medical malpractice, victims of crime and inadequate security cases, insurance bad faith and pharmaceutical negligence. Ms. McGraw has tried more than 30 civil and criminal jury trials. 

Ms. McGraw has been licensed to practice law since 2006, and is licensed in New Mexico and Texas. Over the course of her career, she has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for her clients and is one of only a select few New Mexico attorneys to receive an eight-figure verdict.  In 2015, she obtained a $12 million verdict for her clients in a wrongful death, inadequate security case.  In 2017, Ms. McGraw obtained a $1.6 million verdict in federal court for her clients in a police brutality case. In 2019, she obtained a verdict and attorney fees for an insured against her own insurance company in New Mexico State Court.

Ms. McGraw was a partner in McGraw & Strickland, LLC for 10 years, until 2021, when her former law partner was nominated to serve as an Article III U.S. federal district judge.  

Outside of her practice, Ms. McGraw is active in the legal community. She served as the 2020-2021 President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA), and is an active member of NMTLA's Board of Directors. Ms. McGraw also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Trial Guides, a publishing company that publishes books and educational materials to help civil plaintiff's lawyers win.

Ms. McGraw holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and American History from Northwestern University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Insurance

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

About Mollie McGraw

First Admitted: 2006, New Mexico

Professional Webpage: https://lawfirmnm.com/about/mollie-c-mcgraw/

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Ms. McGraw served as President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) from 2020-2021. During her presidency, the New Mexico legislature substantially modified the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act to protect patients harmed by medical negligence and provide for greater accountability. In addition, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act was passed granting victims the right to pursue the civil rights granted in New Mexico’s State Constitution in its state courts, without the defense of qualified immunity. 
  • Ms. McGraw has been recognized for four years as a Rising Star (2013-2016) and four years as a Southwest Super Lawyers (2019-2022).
  • Ms. McGraw was awarded the State Public Defender of the Year award in 2007., 2007

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Emerge New Mexico, Committee Member
  • Trial Guides' Editorial Advisory Board McGraw serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Trial Guides, a publishing company that publishes books and educational materials for civil plaintiff’s lawyers. 
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • American Constitutional Society
  • American Civil Liberties Union

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA)
  • Board of Directors, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA)
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), Council of Presidents
  • Trial Guides Editorial Advisory Board
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico

Educational Background

  • Baylor Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2006
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Major: Journalism and American History, 2001

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Plaintiffs verdict and attorney fee award for first party insurance and bad faith claims, Jeanette McElmurry v. USAA, D-307-2017-03687, 2019
  • $1.6 Million Verdict in federal civil rights trial, Beck v. Baker, et al., 14-cv-00067-KG-WPL, 2017
  • $12 Million Verdict in wrongful death inadequate security case, Dennis Murphy et al v. The Eagle's Nest Condominium Association and Roger Cox & Assoc. Property Management, D-101-CV-2012-00980, 2015

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Super Lawyer, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2021
  • , Super Lawyer, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2020
  • This is an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in the Southwest receive this distinction., Super Lawyer, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2018., Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2018, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2020
  • Peer Review Nomination, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019
  • Nominated by peers as Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year , Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year - Las Cruces, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers each year since 2018. , Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018
  • No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the Southwest are named to the Rising Stars list., Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" Award, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2015
  • No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the Southwest are named to the Rising Stars list., Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" Award, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2016
  • No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the Southwest are named to the Rising Stars list., Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" Award, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2014
  • No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the Southwest are named to the Rising Stars list., Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" Award, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, New Mexico State Public Defender Department, 2007
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers:, 2012
  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015

Industry Groups

  • NMTLA President (2020-2021); NMTLA Board of Directors (2015 to present); American Association of Jus

Comments

  • “ Mollie is an incredible lawyer. I have tried several cases with her and she knows personal injury cases inside and out.”
  • “ Mollie is a vibrant, driven, smart, resourceful and extremely successful attorney representing clients throughout NM harmed by fault of others. She and her partner, Margaret, have built one of the best personal injury practices that exist in southern NM.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Mollie McGraw

165 West Lucero Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Phone: 575-323-0154

Fax: 575-680-1200

Last Updated: 12/17/2021

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