About us

Who We Are

Established in 1997, Holt Mynatt Martínez P.C. is the largest law firm in southern New Mexico. The firm’s clients include a variety of individuals, public, private and non-profit institutions representing every sector of the regional, state and local economies.

The firm’s core practice areas include insurance defense, governmental representation, commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and corporate transactions. It routinely defends individual and institutional clients on behalf of a multitude of insurance carriers. This work includes the defense of claims ranging from simple negligence to more complex claims involving serious bodily injury and death. Additionally, the firm routinely handles the defense of workers’ compensation cases and as well as discrimination claims under the New Mexico Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.


The firm’s attorneys are among the most highly-rated and well-respected. The firm’s two managing directors, Blaine T. Mynatt and Damian L. Martínez, hold the preeminent AV-rating from Martindale Hubbell. This rating is reserved for lawyers at the height of professional excellence in recognition of both skill and integrity. In addition, Damian L. Martínez was previously recognized as a Rising Star by the trade publication Super Lawyers® and as a Top 40 Litigation Attorney in the State of New Mexico, while Blaine T. Mynatt was named as a Fellow of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America.

Meet Our Lawyers

    Our lawyers have extensive experience representing the State’s many municipalities, counties, and political subdivisions. We routinely defend public entities that have been sued for civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in matters alleging wrongful arrest, illegal search and seizure, excessive force and wrongful death, termination of employment without due process of law, and jail-based violations of liberty and property. In addition, we represent public entities that have been sued under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act, which may encompass claims of premises liability, negligent operation of utilities, medical malpractice, and law enforcement liability.
    The firm has years of experience resolving issues specific to governmental entities, including the following constitutional challenges involving both county and state government, contract disputes, election disputes and ballot access, insurance coverage disputes, municipal employment disputes. The firm’s more prominent governmental clients include Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties; the City of Las Cruces; City of Truth or Consequences; City of Sunland Park; the Village of Williamsburg; Town of Hurley; Las Cruces Public Schools; Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley; Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority; Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority; New Mexico Association of Counties and its constituent members; and the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority.
    New Mexico presents some unique circumstances in the field of employment law. The number of lawsuits filed against employers under state and federal anti-discrimination statutes is on the rise. Employers must always be ready to meet the unique challenges presented in the field of employment law. Our firm believes effective representation requires a clear understanding of a client’s business objectives as well as knowledge of federal and New Mexico employment and labor laws.
    Every commercial transaction presents unique opportunities for creativity and innovation in order to bring out the best outcome and anticipate and plan for what might go wrong under worst case scenarios. This is true not only from the perspective of the principal borrower or lender to a given transaction, but also from the perspective of others with stakes in the transaction. Our lawyers bring solution-oriented experience and practical insights to every commercial finance transaction, and are able to provide cost-effective guidance, negotiation skills and documentation drafting precision at each stage of even the most complex transaction. Our responsive service adds value in the course of meeting client goals and business objectives.