Attorney Profile


Albuquerque Criminal Defense Lawyer John RobbenhaarI moved to New Mexico from Connecticut in 1991, and enrolled in the University of New Mexico’s joint degree program in Law and Latin American Studies. I received my Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law in 1995, as well as a Masters of Arts degree from the Latin American Institute. While at UNM, I was granted the prestigious U.S. Department of Education Title VI academic fellowship, and later won a grant to conduct field research in Mexico on Mexican legal issues and history.

During law school, I served as an Editor on the Natural Resources Journal, and worked as an extern at the Federal Defender’s Office in Albuquerque, getting a valuable introduction to the challenges of criminal defense. After I graduated in 1995, I worked with a group of Albuquerque criminal defense lawyers, and soon thereafter opened my solo law practice with an emphasis on criminal defense.

I now practice primarily in the field of criminal defense, and provide focused legal services that only a small law firm can provide. I have successfully tried cases throughout the State of New Mexico, and practice in both State and Federal courts.

My professional memberships include the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. I have also served on the State of New Mexico Sentencing Commission Workload Study Group to examine the needs of indigent defense throughout the State of New Mexico.

I am an attorney in good standing with the courts of the State of New Mexico, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am also a member of the Bar of the State of Maine. I speak fluent Spanish, and work with a diverse clientele, accused of a wide spectrum of charges.

I am married with two children, and spend much of my free time enjoying New Mexico’s outdoors and volunteering for the American Youth Soccer Organization, where I coach and referee my daughters’ teams.