Sean Olivas

Sean Olivas

Shareholder and Director

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

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Mr. Olivas' practice focuses on the defense of tort, employment and civil rights claims.

Much of Mr. Olivas' practice involves defending employers in the gamut of employment litigation, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, NMHRA and other civil rights matters. Mr. Olivas frequently teaches employment law seminars and serves as the Chair of The State Bar's Employment Specialization Committee. He is a past Chair of the City of Albuquerque's Personnel Board and currently serves on the Bernalillo County Labor Relations Board.

He practices extensively in federal and state courts throughout New Mexico, as well as before administrative tribunals. Mr. Olivas has also handled appeals for clients in the Tenth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, as well as in the New Mexico Appellate Courts.


University of California Irvine, B.A. magna cum laude 1992; University of New Mexico, J.D. 1995.

Bar Admissions

Admitted New Mexico, Federal District Court of NM; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court.

Representative Cases

Vigil v. State Auditor, 2005-NMCA-096, 138 N.M. 63.

Derringer v. State, 2003-NMCA-073, 133 N.M. 721.

Salehpoor v. Shahinpoor, 358 F.3d 782 (10 th Cir. 2004).

Duran v. NM DOL, 143 F.Supp. 2 nd 1278 (D.N.M. 2001).

Campos v. Murray, 2006-NMSC-020, 139 N.M. 454.

Arredondo v. Locklear, 462 F.3d 1292 (10th Cir. 2006).

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Olivas spent many years performing law school accreditation work for the American Bar Association, and spent three years on the ABA's Accreditation Committee. He is a member of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, having served on its board of editors. Mr. Olivas is currently the Chairman of the State Bar Employment Law Specialization Certification Committee. He is a past president of both the U.N.M. Law School Alumni Association and the Albuquerque Bar Association. Mr. Olivas is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Olivas serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UNM School of Law.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Olivas was honored as a Southwest Super Lawyer for 2014 and 2017.

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.