Arthur D. Melendres - Modrall Sperling

Arthur D. Melendres

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Art Melendres concentrates his practice primarily in administrative, education, commercial and municipal finance law.  For more than thirty-five years, clients have sought Art's expertise when faced with disputes involving education, administrative law, commercial law or public financing.  For more than twenty-five years, Art has served as general counsel for the Albuquerque Public Schools, a school district of more than 90,000 students and 11,000 employees.  He regularly advises the School Board and the Administration on a variety of issues including employment matters, public finance, litigation, real estate and procurement.  Art serves as lead counsel on all significant litigation for the Albuquerque Public Schools.  In addition, he has served as a registered lobbyist for clients at the New Mexico Legislature.   

University of New MexicoBA 1965University of New MexicoJ.D. 1971
Board of Regents, University of New MexicoNew Mexico Commission on Higher EducationState Bar of New MexicoAlbuquerque Bar AssociationNew Mexico Association of School Board AttorneysNational Association of Bond LawyersAmerican Law Institute

Case History

General Counsel Albuquerque Public Schools —  For more than twenty-five years, Art has served as general counsel for the Albuquerque Public Schools, a school district of more than 90,000 students and 11,000 employees.  He regularly advises the School Board and the Administration on a variety of issues including employment matters, public finance, litigation, real estate and procurement.  Art serves as lead counsel on all significant litigation for the Albuquerque Public Schools.  

Client Comments

"As a first year superintendent, I do not know what I would have done without his advice and counsel. He was able to advise me both legally and politically. Art is well connected. This is a great help when in a big battle. I am extremely comfortable with him protecting our district and my reputation."

Office Location

500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000
P.O. Box 2168
Albuquerque, NM 87103
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Municipal Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Municipal Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area
Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Arthur D. Melendres has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Education Law
Municipal Law