Modrall Sperling Welcomes New Attorneys

Modrall Sperling is pleased to announce that Tony Andrade, Celina Baca, Taryn Hanrahan, Yarithza Peña, and Benjamin Rossi have joined the firm’s Albuquerque office as associate attorneys.


Tony Andrade’s practice encompasses real estate and commercial matters in the litigation and transactional arenas. Tony counsels clients on issues involving contract formation and negotiation, property and land use analysis, boundary and easement disputes, condemnation, construction defect claims, residential and commercial leasing, foreclosure, and creditor’s rights. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, he advised Silicon Valley real estate startups through formation and corporate acquisition.


Celina Baca practices in the firm’s litigation department, focusing on personal injury, products liability, and insurance disputes. During law school, she tutored students in torts and criminal law, completed an externship with Judge Julie J. Vargas at the New Mexico Court of Appeals, and was a member of the National Hispanic Bar’s moot court team. Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Celina served a two-year term as a law clerk for Chief Justice C. Shannon Bacon at the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Taryn Hanrahan practices in Modrall Sperling’s litigation department. Taryn earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio University. She then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was an Executive Articles Editor of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law and spent a semester externing in Colorado’s First Judicial District Court. After law school, Taryn moved to Santa Fe to clerk for Justice David K. Thomson of the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Yarithza Peña’s practice is centered on the representation of oil and gas operators in compulsory pooling actions, and clients who seek drilling approvals for both vertical and horizontal, saltwater disposal, and acid gas injection wells before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division and the Oil Conservation Commission. Yarithza attended UNM School of Law where she gained experience in criminal law, family law, and immigration law matters during her time in the Community Lawyering Clinic.


Benjamin Rossi practices in the litigation group at Modrall Sperling. His focus is on personal injury claims, product liability cases, and class actions. Benjamin earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago with honors. He went on to obtain a masters and PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Benjamin attended Duke University School of Law, where he was Senior Research Editor at the journal Law and Contemporary Problems and graduated cum laude.