Modrall Sperling Welcomes New Attorneys


Modrall Sperling is pleased to announce that Shannon Nairn (Of Counsel) and Kateri Garcia West (Associate) have joined the firm’s Albuquerque office.

Shannon Nairn has handled a broad array of legal issues throughout her more than two decades as an attorney. For fifteen years, Shannon worked for the federal courts: first, as a bankruptcy appellate law clerk, for the Honorable Judge McFeeley, Presiding Judge of the 10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and then, as a district court law clerk for the Honorable James Parker, Senior United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. In addition to her experience with the federal courts, Shannon spent some time as a contract attorney for the Assistant United States Attorney’s office where she focused on criminal matters. Prior to that, as an independent contract attorney, Shannon handled a variety of legal issues. She provided consulting services to medical practices, advising them on contractual matters, privacy concerns, and compliance issues. She assisted local attorneys on many areas of the law, including among others, Indian housing issues, criminal matters, and appellate briefs.

Kateri Garcia West focuses her practice in general litigation and public finance. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Kateri gained experience at a prominent civil defense firm practicing in the areas of health law litigation and public finance. While attending the University of New Mexico School of Law, Kateri practiced social justice advocacy as a W.K. Kellogg Child and Family Justice Advocate and developed oral and written advocacy skills through the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition Moot Court team. She also served as a teaching assistant, and a research assistant. Upon graduation, Kateri received the Ann C. Scales Jurisprudence Award for her “demonstrated commitment to moving the law forward in the service of humanity” through innovative legal work with the Moms of Law student group, which she co-founded. Kateri is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and co-coaches the HNBA’s moot court team at the University of New Mexico School of Law.