Modrall Sperling Welcomes New Associates

Modrall Sperling is pleased to announce that six associate attorneys have joined the firm’s Albuquerque office.

Liliana Benitez De Luna practices in the areas of labor and employment law, personal injury litigation, and commercial disputes. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Lily was a litigator at a prominent New Mexico law firm where she represented clients in personal injury litigation, collateral-recovery actions, employer/employee disputes, and in general litigation.

Tessa Chrisman practices in the firm’s Litigation department. She received her J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, Tessa served as an intern with the Arizona Supreme Court Staff Attorney’s Office and as a Judicial Extern for Judge James O. Browning at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

Margaret Hickey focuses her practice on federal and state taxation, tax controversies, estate planning, trust and probate law, business law, non-profit law, and real property law. Prior to practicing law, Margaret was a licensed land title examiner in the State of New Mexico and has experience with the complexities of real estate transactions in the state.

Melissa Kountz’s practice centers around civil defense litigation. With over eight years of experience, her practice has encompassed every stage of litigation, from initial claims through appellate work. Melissa also has extensive experience in resolving disputes in administrative proceedings and arbitration.

Bryce Smith’s practice focuses on litigation and natural resources. He is currently working in the Litigation Department on personal injury claims and commercial disputes. Within the Natural Resources Department, Bryce’s practice includes representing Oil & Gas clients before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.

Rachel Wisniewski practices in the firm’s Transactions and Litigation departments. Prior to practicing law, Rachel’s career focused on all aspects of government contracting across aviation, maritime, and economic development sectors. She specializes in managing complex procurements as well as contract drafting, administration, and compliance.