Jan Gilman-Tepper, co-founder of the firm, has retired. Jan practiced family law for over 40 years and concentrated her practice in the area of business divorces. Her clients primarily included business owners, or their spouses. She worked with large and small businesses. She represented owners, corporate officers, or their spouses, in all major industries in New Mexico. Jan also mentors and provides education on various legal topics to the lawyers and paralegals of the firm.
Ms. Gilman-Tepper’s experience handling multi-layered cases involving business valuation, high profile and professional goodwill, multi-state businesses, and prenuptial agreements, provided a solid professional background. Jan is skilled in all alternative dispute resolution methods, which include: Collaborative Divorce, mediated divorce, negotiation and facilitation. According to an article in the New Mexico Bar Bulletin, Jan “Helped spearhead the collaborative divorce (movement in New Mexico), a process aimed at helping families resolve the legal, emotional, financial and parenting aspects of divorce without resorting to litigation”.
She has frequently lectured on Collaborative Divorce topics for Continuing Legal Education Seminars in New Mexico for attorneys, financial and mental health experts.
In addition to serving on numerous State Bar and New Mexico Supreme Court committees, over her forty plus year career, Jan has freely given her time to mentor young lawyers through the State Bar, and to speak and author materials for Continuing Legal Education seminars held across New Mexico. Jan has lectured on such topics as Collaborative Divorce, litigation divorce, adoption, domestic violence, COBRA issues, forensics, business valuation and legal professionalism.
Spingola v. Spingola, 91 N.M. 737, 580 P.2d 958 (1978), Belosky v. Belosky, 97 N.M. 365, 640 P.2d 471 (1982), Fox v. Fox, 103 N.M. 155,703 P.2d 932 (1985), Gomez v. Gomez, 119 N.M. 755, 895 P.2d 277 (1995) which involved child custody and jurisdiction issues.
COBRA – How it works and How it May Impact Spouses Upon Divorce – Journal of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Article was awarded the Exceptional Article from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991
Qualifications & Awards
New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow 1984 – Present
Trained Collaborative Attorney
Martingale-Hubbell AV Rated
New Mexico Business Weekly’s
“Best of the Bar” for Family Law — 2011
Albuquerque Family Lawyer of the Year 2011
Best Lawyers in America
Over 30 years
Outstanding Service Award
Supreme Court of the State of NM
Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board
Dedication & Mentorship Award 2005
New Mexico State University
Bachelor of Arts
University of New Mexico School of Law
State Bar of New Mexico Family Law Section
Member for 30+ years
Albuquerque Bar Association
30+ years, President-2011
American Bar Association Member
Family Law Section Over 30 years
New Mexico Women’s Bar Association
Supreme Court’s Professionalism Board
National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Family Law
Advisory Committee Member 1994
What My Clients Say
We were able to create solutions regarding our business and our assets, rather than have a court impose solutions upon us.NM Business Owner
Complex & High Asset Divorce
Jan Gilman-Tepper and the collaborative team assisted me with not only the financial aspects of the divorce but with the emotional support and straight forward advice.D.B.
Collaborative Divorce Client
That collaborative divorce process made a difficult time easier. In particular, it helped shield my daughter while making sure that her best interests were top-of-mind for both my ex-wife and myself.S.S
Collaborative Divorce Client