Amanda Pagan

Amanda A. Pagan

As a mother of two beautiful children, families are precious to me and I will work to protect yours. Being a lifelong New Mexico resident, raised in the small Land Grant community of Cubero, New Mexico, I can appreciate the nuances of the New Mexico court system.

Following graduation from Laguna Acoma High School, I went on to serve our country as an active duty member of the United States Army and still proudly serve as a member of the New Mexico National Guard.

My service to our great country has provided me with an extensive background that enables me to understand the complexities that effect military families going through difficult times.

Amanda Pagan


To aggressively represent our clients through quality counsel and advocacy, and to reach these goals through uncompromising dedication and ethical standards, while maintaining a stable and profitable business enterprise with the highest reputation.


  • Building a solid foundation.

  • Building strong client relationships.

  • Building a cohesive and strong business.

  • Building a foundation on blind justice for all.

  • Building for the future.



200 Lomas Blvd. NW · Suite 850
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone number:

(P) (505) 508-3789

(F) (505) 214-5590



  • New Mexico
  • United States District Court, District of New Mexico


  • New Mexico State Bar Association
  • New Mexico Family Law Section (2013 Past Chair)
  • New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Certified Mediator
  • New Mexico National Guard Officer’s Association
  • New Mexico Army National Guard’s Warrant Officer Advisory Council, Parliamentary Officer


  • Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Honors:  Dean’s List and Honor Roll
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a concentration  in Law, Government and Society, University of New Mexico, University of New Mexico
  • Named to Dean’s List
  • Honor Roll for achieving 4.0 GPA
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of New Mexico
  • Dean’s List and Honor Roll
  • 24th Annual American Bar Association Section of Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute


  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish, National Business Institute
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, National Business Institute
  • New Mexico Start Bar Association, Center for Legal Education  Bridge the Gap Series topic:  Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
  • Basics in New Mexico Family Law, Kirtland Air Force JA


  • UNM School of Law Award for Excellence in Family Law
  • UNM School of Law Clinical Honors Award
  • Sheehan, Sheehan and Stelzner Pursuit of Excellence Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Advanced Legal Research
  • New Mexico State Bar Family law Section Award


  • Co-authored the New Mexico Family Law Manual:  Topics in Family Law for the New Mexico Judiciary, on Child Custody Jurisdiction, Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
  • Co-authored and presented the  Citizen Soldier Redux:  Update on Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Authored and presented the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, University of New Mexico Graduate Symposium
  •  Authored and presented, Communication and the Legal Culture


  • Judge Advocate Warrant Officer Basic Course, JAG School, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Warrant Officer Candidate Course, United States Warrant Officer Career Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • Legal Specialist Court, Adjutant Generals School, Fort Jackson,  South Carolina
  • Primary Leadership Development Course, 1st NCO ABN, 199th LDR Regiment, Camp Pine, Louisiana
  • Personnel Administrative Course, 7th BN, 4th BDE, 95th DIV, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Advanced Individual Training, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Basic Training,  Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Judge Advocate Advance Course, JAG School, Charlottesville, Virginia


  • Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Achievement Award
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Lapel


  • Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A. , Albuquerque, New Mexico [2005 – 2012]
  • Associate Attorney, specializing in Divorce and Family Law with an emphasis on Military Law
  • New Mexico Army National Guard, Joint forces Headquarters , Judge Advocate Corps, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2010-[Present]
  • Chief Warrant Officer Two
  • United States Army Reserve, [1995 -2010]Legal Support Organizations and various other organizations throughout New Mexico, Texas, Utah,  and Colorado
  • United States Army, [1993-1995], 555th Combat Engineers, Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Active Duty Service
  • Speaker for the “Military Divorce from Start to Finish” seminar for National Business Institute on September 29, 2014.


  • Phi Delta Phi


  • Testify before various New Mexico Legislative Committees regarding passage of laws pertaining to military and family law issues
  •  American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project, provide free legal services to qualified service members
  • Law-la-Palooza, provide free legal services to New Mexico Residents
  • New Mexico Legal Aide Help Hotline, answer calls from New Mexico Residents