Robert J. Gorence
Robert Gorence has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New Mexico by Super Lawyers Magazine. Throughout his career he has tried over 100 jury trials. He is a member of the New Mexico bar, as well as the United States District Court of New Mexico, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. The New Mexico State Legislature appointed Robert twice to service as special counsel. In 2011 he was appointed as special counsel to the House Rules of Impeachment Investigation Subcommittee and again, in 2013 as special counsel to the investigative subcommittee of the Interim Legislative Ethics Committee. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law from 1997 through 2004.
Robert graduated from Georgetown University in 1979 and Marquette University Law School in 1983. He immediately relocated to New Mexico after graduation and started his career at a large Albuquerque firm concentrating his efforts on commercial litigation and medical malpractice.
He became an Assistant United States Attorney in 1986 and was promoted in 1993 to First Assistant and Chief of the Criminal Division. In his 14 year stint as a prosecutor he tried approximately 62 jury trials and argued approximately 48 cases before the 10th Circuit.
While there he prosecuted the first federal racketeering case in the District of New Mexico which involved allegations of penny stock fraud and resulted in the convictions of an attorney and four stock brokers in a three state area. Robert was involved in multiple political corruption investigations and cases and his career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office culminated with several national security investigations, including the Ed Howard espionage case.
In 2000, Robert left to start his private practice concentrating on criminal defense and representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions, as well as victims of civil right abuses. As a defense lawyer he has tried dozens of criminal cases and 15 civil trials. One of his more significant criminal cases was United States v. Hudak which was tried before Judge Armijo in 2003. Mr. Hudak was charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act and possessing U.S. military warheads and, if convicted, faced a mandatory minimum 50 years of incarceration. Mr. Hudak was acquitted after a six week trial.
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