Job Opening – Deputy Attorney General for Affirmative Litigation

Location: New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, Santa Fe or Albuquerque, New Mexico ​

Employment Type: Full-Time

***Open Until the Position is Filled***

Job Description

The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is seeking a highly-skilled and motivated individual to join our team as the Deputy Attorney General for Affirmative Litigation. The Deputy Attorney General will play a critical role in leading and managing our affirmative litigation efforts. They will work closely with the Attorney General, the Chief Deputy Attorney General and other senior staff members to develop and execute litigation strategies that promote justice, protect the public interest, and advance the rights of individuals and communities. This is an at-will position.


● Lead and oversee the development and implementation of affirmative litigation
strategies in collaboration with the Attorney General and other stakeholders including, but not limited to, civil rights, consumer protection, environmental protection, and corporate fraud.
● Conduct legal research and analysis to identify potential claims and develop legal theories to support affirmative litigation cases.
● Prepare and file legal documents, including complaints, motions, and briefs, in state and federal courts.
● Manage a team of attorneys and legal staff involved in affirmative litigation, providing guidance, feedback, and mentorship.
● Collaborate with relevant government agencies, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations to gather evidence, build partnerships, and leverage resources.
● Conduct investigations and discovery processes to gather evidence and build strong cases.
● Represent the New Mexico Office of Attorney General in court proceedings, including hearings, trials, and possible appeals.
● Monitor developments in relevant legal areas and propose policy and procedural changes to enhance the effectiveness of affirmative litigation efforts.
● Maintain accurate and organized case files, records, and other documentation.
● Collaborate and monitor outside legal counsel pursuing legal claims and lawsuits on behalf of the office.
● Lead nationwide litigation in the pursuit of protecting public interests.


● Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school.
● Admission to the New Mexico state bar and in good standing or the ability to acquire a limited law license.
● 10 years of experience in litigation, with a focus on affirmative litigation, and 5 years of management experience preferred.
● Knowledge of civil rights law, consumer protection law, and environmental law preferred.
● Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
● Proven ability to lead and manage a team of attorneys and legal staff.
● Demonstrated experience in developing and executing litigation strategies.
● Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
● Exceptional organizational and time management abilities.
● Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position of Deputy Attorney General for Affirmative Litigation, please submit the following documents to Dean Woulard at

1. Cover letter detailing your interest in the role and your relevant experience.
2. Resume/CV with a detailed overview of your educational and professional background.
3. Writing samples showcasing your legal research and writing abilities.
4. Contact information for three professional references.

The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is committed to recruiting the highest quality candidates who support the values of integrity, excellence and service. We have a commitment to honesty, ethical behavior, and transparency in all actions and decisions. We strive for the highest level of professionalism and expertise in all aspects of our work. And we have a strong dedication to serving the public interest and prioritizing the well-being of the community – especially the interests of those least capable of defending themselves. The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.