deGraauw Law Firm, PC is committed to providing high-quality representation to clients with litigation needs. Our firm is well-known for its strong trial advocacy skills, and have received several awards for the services that we deliver to our clients. We are active members of the Albuquerque community, serving on many different boards and committees both within the legal community and in outside community interests.
All of our attorneys are experienced litigators. We know how to prepare a case to have success at trial. We are proud of our history of results, and will dedicate our resources to help you obtain a positive outcome in your case.
Our firm understands the difficulties that arise during litigation. We are tenacious advocates for our clients, working tirelessly to help them achieve positive results. When there are important decisions that need to be made, we can explain all available choices and offer our clients guidance that they can use to determine what is best for them. We are thorough in our evaluation of the available options, because we want our clients to have the details they need as they consider the right move to make for their future. From early settlement negotiations to complex jury trials, we will be there, aggressively fighting for our clients.
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Meet Our Attorneys
J. Andrew deGraauw
With 100% of his practice devoted to civil litigation, Mr. deGraauw enjoys trying cases before New Mexico juries, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell (MH) rating of “AV Preeminent,” demonstrating his legal ability and professional ethics, and he has earned the MH Client Distinction Award. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise and experience in Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants. Mr. deGraauw was included among the Albuquerque Business First "40 Under Forty" award honorees in 2014, given to the state's top young professionals each year, based on professional achievement, leadership and community involvement. Mr. deGraauw has also been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star following a patented selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement; no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the Rising Stars list. He has been recognized as one of the 100 premier trial attorneys in the state of New Mexico by the National Academy of Jurisprudence (NAJ), based on professionalism and excellence in service; less than 1% of attorneys currently practicing in the U.S. are selected to receive Membership into NAJ's Premier 100. He is also listed in America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 5%. Mr. deGraauw has been selected into the Peritum American Attorneys. He has also been selected to the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney 10 Best list for New Mexico. Mr. deGraauw has also been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. Further, Mr. deGraauw has been selected for membership in America’s Top 100 Attorneys for the State of New Mexico. Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments merit lifetime achievement recognition; less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.
Mr. deGraauw has served as a Labor Commissioner on the tripartite New Mexico Labor and Industrial Commission, which hears appeals from the Labor and Industrial Division. He also served the Young Lawyers Division as Liaison to the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section of the State Bar. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and the Albuquerque Bar Association.
Mr. deGraauw graduated from Louisiana State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, where he was President of the Design College and President of Tau Sigma Delta- the Architecture Honors Society. He earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 2006, where he served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and earned the Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law. During law school, Mr. deGraauw completed clerkships at private law firms in Louisiana and New Mexico, as well as an externship at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He returned to New Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and completed his final year of law school at the University of New Mexico Law School. He is admitted to practice in all New Mexico State courts as well as the New Mexico Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. deGraauw primarily practices in the following areas of civil litigation: wrongful death and personal injury litigation, products liability, contract disputes, construction law, insurance and bad faith litigation.
Juris Doctor, 2006
Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law, 2006
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Landscape Architecture, 2003
Natasha Ann Wesenberg
Mrs. Wesenberg, a native New Mexican, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a Minor in Spanish and a Minor in Sociology in 2007 from the University of New Mexico. During her undergraduate studies Mrs. Wesenberg was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society and the Hispanic National Honor Society, while earning a place on the Dean's List or Honor Roll every semester. Always seeking to step outside her comfort zone, Mrs. Wesenberg participated in a study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mrs. Wesenberg attended Law School at American University Washington College of Law ("WCL"), in Washington, D.C. During her time at WCL, Mrs. Wesenberg participated in an international study abroad with Dean Claudio Grossman, Chairman of the United Nations Committee Against Torture. She also completed an internship with the FBI, Counterterrorism and Gang and Crime Units. Mrs. Wesenberg earned her Juris Doctor in 2012. Following graduation, Mrs. Wesenberg took a gap year, during which she lived in Barcelona, Spain. Mrs. Wesenberg returned to the States and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2013. Mrs. Wesenberg began her career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Albuquerque. She took great pride in defending her hometown. Mrs. Wesenberg currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Ms. Wesenberg has also been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star following a patented selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement; no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.
Mrs. Wesenberg is licensed in the New Mexico State Courts, the United States District Court for New Mexico, and the Tenth Circuit District Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Mrs. Wesenberg's primary areas of practice include premises liability, construction law, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and general governmental practice.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Bachelor in Criminology, 2007
Minor in Spanish , 2007
Minor in Sociology, 2007
Daniel Thomas Cornish
Daniel T. Cornish is the Fifth Generation of the Cornish family to practice law in New Mexico. A 2016 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Mr. Cornish was a member of the National Trial Competition Team, served as President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Student Association and was a member of the school's Admissions Committee. He was awarded the Mary Han Memorial Scholarship, and earned the Roehl Award for excellence in trial advocacy. Mr. Cornish was also awarded the A.H. McLeod Award for excellence in trial advocacy and the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Community, considered the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating law student at UNMSOL. Moreover, Mr. Cornish earned a place on the Honor Roll throughout law school. He completed clerkships at private Albuquerque law firms, as well as an externship for the New Mexico Supreme Court, and also served as BARBRI Head Product Representative. Mr. Cornish has been selected as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star following a patented selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement; no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.
Prior to law school, Mr. Cornish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre-Acting from the University of New Mexico in 2010, graduating cum laude and earning Dean's List Honors, while a recipient of the Marion Monacle Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Cornish also earned a place on the New Mexico State University basketball team as a walk-on, where he played for two years before transferring to UNM. He is also fluent in Spanish. Mr. Cornish primarily practices in the following areas of civil litigation: personal injury and products liability, as well as insurance defense and coverage.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2016
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, 2010
Chad D. Willis
Chad David Willis graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Concentration in Professional Writing, and a Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a proud Lobo, Mr. Willis was involved with several student body organizations, most notably as a writing tutor for the University's Center for Academic Support (CAPS). While earning his undergraduate degree, Mr. Willis was a recipient of an International Studies Distinction, an Honor Medallion, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and was member of the University's Honors College. He was also placed on the Dean's List.
After his undergraduate studies, Mr. Willis attended Law School at the University of New Mexico School of Law, graduating in 2018. As a first year law student, Mr. Willis worked for Santa Fe Public Schools, where he fought for equal rights and assisted the school district in revising their Transgender Student policies. In his second year, Mr. Willis completed an externship at the New Mexico Supreme Court, working in the offices of then Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels. During his final year of law school, Mr. Willis practiced criminal law at the Bernalillo County Public Defender's Office, making dozens of appearances in front of the Second Judicial District Court, and obtaining a commanding grasp of litigation in New Mexico. Mr. Willis also served as a Hearing Officer for the City of Las Vegas, New Mexico where he adjudicated employment dispute hearings for the City. He served as Head Student Representative for Barbri Corp., assisting law students with bar exam preparation, and as a Student Clinician for the UNM School of Law Economic Justice Clinic.
Mr. Willis is licensed in the New Mexico State Courts, the United States District Court for New Mexico, and the Tenth Circuit District Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Mr. Willis' primary areas of practice include personal injury and wrongful death litigation, products liability, premises liability and insurance defense, including coverage and bad faith.
New Mexico State Courts
New Mexico Federal District Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2018
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Professional Writing, 2014
Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014