Gary J. Van Luchene

Gary J. Van Luchene
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Shareholder and Director

Albuquerque Plaza
201 Third Street NW, 12th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Mr. Van Luchene's practice is primarily comprised of litigation with an emphasis on complex tort litigation, complex commercial litigation, and class actions. His experience includes defending toxic tort claims and a variety of personal injury claims. Mr. Van Luchene's commercial litigation expertise includes cases involving complex insurance, healthcare and banking issues. He has defended wrongful termination employment cases involving multiple plaintiffs. Mr. Van Luchene's extensive experience in defending against class actions includes defending putative class claims alleging wrongful banking practices, civil rights violations and denial of healthcare benefits. Mr. Van Luchene is of record in two reported New Mexico Court of Appeals opinions involving class action issues. He holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


Arizona State University , B.S. 1986; California Western School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1993. Executive Lead Articles Editor, California Western Law Review, 1992-1993.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the California Bar in 1994, New Mexico Bar in 1995, U.S. District Court for New Mexico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in 1996, and the United States Supreme Court in 2003.

Professional Affiliations

Law clerk to Honorable Howard D. McKibben, U.S. District Judge, District of Nevada 1995-1996, and to Honorable Phyllis Halsey Atkins, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Nevada, 1993-1995. Defense Research Institute (Committee on Toxic Torts and Environmental Law).

Awards and Honors

Mr. Van Luchene has been honored as a Southwest Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2016. Mr. Van Luchene is listed in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Albuquerque) and Products Liability Litigation – Defendants. Mr. Van Luchene is a member of the CLM Alliance.

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Running Horses © 1989: Gray Mercer A sculpture provided for the City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection by Keleher & McLeod, PA. On display at the Albuquerque International Airport.