George R. McFall - Modrall Sperling

George R. McFall

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

George McFall practices in civil litigation with an emphasis on employment law, civil rights, education law and appellate practice.  In his twenty-four years of practice he has represented both private and public sector employers in state and federal courts in a wide variety of litigation matters involving claims under both federal and state law.  He is a trained mediator, and routinely advises clients in settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution processes. In addition to his litigation work, he regularly advises clients on complex workplace issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  In addition, he presents training sessions for clients on state and federal anti-discrimination laws, employee policies and conducting workplace investigations in order to ensure compliance with ever-changing requirements and to avoid litigation.  He has represented the Albuquerque Public Schools in numerous civil rights and education-related matters. 

Additional Information

Employment Law Specialist

George is an Employment Law Specialist certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization.

Stanford UniversityAB 1970University of New MexicoJ.D. 1987
Employment Law AllianceNational Association of School Board AttorneysState Bar of New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico School of Law

Case History

Sex Discrimination
  • Successful defense of San Juan Coal Company against the charges of sex discrimination filed by the EEOC on behalf of a female equipment operator, alleging that the company discriminated against the employee on the basis of her gender by failing to provide training in order to be able to advance within the company.  The court granted the employer's motion for summary judgment as to all of the claims asserted in the complaint and awarded costs to the employer.  See EEOC v. San Juan Coal Company.
Training for Employer Clients
  • Regularly assists employer clients by conducting training on various aspects of employment law to help ensure that the employers' policies and workplace practices comply with applicable law.  Assisted BHP Navajo Coal Company and the San Juan Coal Company in conducting comprehensive training to augment the clients' anti-sexual harassment policies.  This training involved approximately 50 two-hour sessions over a two-week period.  Assisted our client in preparing training materials and designing training sessions for both management level and hourly employees.
  • A city councilman sued for defamation as a result of an editorial appearing in the local newspaper. The New Mexico Court of Appeals reversed the district court and ordered summary judgment in favor of the newspaper, ruling as a matter of law that the statements were not defamatory.   See Mendoza v. Gallup Independent.

Client Comments

"George McFall is a student of his craft and has a wonderful ability to communicate in terms we can understand of what is required to defend our employment practices. His sense of humor makes difficult pieces of the process more tolerable. It is comforting having someone on our team with the exceptional knowledge of New Mexico employment law."

-Milt McConnell
Market Manager
Citadel Broadcasting

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 Education Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Albuquerque Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Albuquerque Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area
George R. McFall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!George R. McFall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!George R. McFall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!George R. McFall has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Education Law
Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment