Martha G. Brown - Modrall Sperling

Martha G. Brown

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011

As Modrall Sperling's senior female litigator, Martha Brown represents business clients in diverse areas of civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout New Mexico, at both trial and appellate levels. Martha brings more than twenty-five years' experience to her active tort, product and professional liability defense practice.  She regularly represents professionals and professional organizations, healthcare providers, product manufacturers, retail service providers, and other commercial entities in the defense of diverse claims ranging from product, professional or other liability, wrongful death, unfair trade practices, and all other tort and contract issues.  Martha provides advice and counsel to professional services entities and long term care providers on various issues, and represents them in the defense of malpractice and other liability claims.  Her representation of commercial and non-profit entities has included defense of claims including lender liability, contract and other commercial disputes.  She also has defended a variety of individual and public entity defendants on civil rights claims. 

Martha's representation of her clients is notable for her focus on innovative and strategic approaches designed to achieve the most effective outcome consistent with the client's objectives, whether through litigation, positioning a matter for successful dispositive relief, or where appropriate, early dispute resolution. 

Martha has been recognized by her peers and is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. She is listed by Best Lawyers in America® in commercial law, named among those in Southwest Super Lawyers® and was selected as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. She has twice received the New Mexico State Bar's Outstanding Contribution Award.

Pomona CollegeBA 1979University of Wisconsin–MadisonJ.D. 1983
State Bar of New MexicoAmerican Bar AssociationDefense Research InstituteAlbuquerque Bar Association

Case History

Long-Term Care
  • Represented long-term care provider in class action tried in the New Mexico State court, alleging violation of the New Mexico Continuing Care Act. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court decision and granted summary judgment based on expert causation issue.  
Professional Liability
  • Provides advice and counsel concerning professional liability to architects, engineers, nursing homes and other long-term care providers, hospitality and recreational services providers, aircraft manufacturers and airlines, and other professional service providers. 
Arbitration Clauses
  • Extensive experience with issues involved in enforcement of arbitration clauses in business and healthcare agreements, under New Mexico law and the Federal Arbitration Act, and in state and federal courts. Won reversal on appeal of order denying arbitration. See Barron v. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, 2011-NMCA-094, 265 P.3d 720.
Products Liability
  • Represents clients in products liability litigation on diverse products and manufacturing processes including pharmaceuticals and diet drugs, medical devices, exercise equipment, aircraft components, food products, food service and equipment.

Client Comments

"I have worked with Martha Brown regarding the needs of two different offices. She has helped us with disputes over real estate, questions of employee misconduct, and property issues related to congregational holdings. She has always been prompt and accessible, as well as highly professional. I would not work with anyone else."

-Sallie Watson
Regional Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Presbytery of Santa Fe

"We have received excellent lawyering from Martha Brown on several cases. She has a strong grasp of the legal issues and postures the case for best resolution."

-E.B. Cone, II
Senior Director
Marriott Claims Services

"The Modrell firm, and "our" partner in that firm, Martha Brown, willingly engages technical aspects of legal work related to a major American denomination in a prompt and helpful way. She is adept at balancing our ecclesial judicial and personnel processes with civil process, guiding us through challenging areas. I never dread calling her office and have never failed to feel like we are her only client."

-James Collie
The Presbytery of Santa Fe

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Health Care)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants