Jennifer A. Noya

Jennifer A. Noya

Modrall Sperling

Recognized since 2007

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals

Insurance Law

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Insurance Law
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Jennifer Noya practices primarily in insurance coverage defense, employment law, professional liability, civil rights, class action and complex litigation. She has defended a wide variety of cases, including defense of insurers in class action litigation involving both life insurance and auto coverage. She has represented defendants in professional liability cases, civil rights class litigation and represents employers in employment-related disputes arising under state and federal law, as well as administrative proceedings. Jennifer has tried cases in both state and federal district courts, and has briefed cases before the New Mexico Supreme Court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Named “Lawyer of the Year in Insurance – Albuquerque” in 2012 by Best Lawyers in America®, Jennifer has been selected among the Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers for four consecutive years, from 2015 through 2018. Clients seek Jennifer’s advice in a wide variety of insurance defense matters including the representation of insurers in class action litigation involving both life insurance and auto coverage, defense of insurers, agents and brokers against first-party and third-party claims of bad faith, New Mexico statutory claims, and professional negligence claims. She has extensive experience in litigating insurance coverage and in counseling insurers on coverage issues arising out of many different types of insurance policies.

Jennifer’s employment law practice includes state and federal court litigation representing management in the defense of alleging violations of employment discrimination statutes, contracts, or various common-law employment rights. She has litigated disputes under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act, and other various statutory and common-law claims. She regularly represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Human Rights Division of the New Mexico Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance and other state and federal agencies, as well as in administrative matters including discrimination and harassment charges and wage and hour complaints.

Jennifer’s professional liability practice includes the defense of licensed professionals including lawyers. Her clients often come to her with problems prior to the filing of a lawsuit. She works with these licensed individuals to manage these problems early in an attempt to avoid litigation where possible. If litigation results, she provides an aggressive defense. She has handled professional liability matters before licensing authorities and at the trial level.

Jennifer has experience in civil rights defense. She has litigated constitutional law issues, such as freedom of speech, freedom of association, and alleged violations of due process and has successfully defended class claims of civil rights violations brought by inmates involving prison conditions as well as class claims brought against private property owners.Jennifer Noya joined Modrall Sperling upon graduation from law school and is a member of Modrall Sperling’s Litigation Practice and serves as Chair of the Insurance Service Group.

Contact & Links


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


  • University of New Mexico , J.D., graduated 1994
  • University of Arizona, B.B.A., graduated 1987

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico
  • New Mexico, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • New Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • Albuquerque Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico - Member

Modrall Sperling
Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico

32 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Albuquerque (2016)
  • Insurance Law, Albuquerque (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Law

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Casualty
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Policy Holders
  • Coverage
  • Defense
  • Liability Insurance


  • Best Lawyers in America┬« in Employment Law-Individuals, Insurance Law and Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2007-present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV┬« Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey), 2012-present, Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers, 2015-2018

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"Jennifer Noya is an excellent insurance litigator who I have highly recommended to colleagues. Not only is she easy to work with, but she has put together excellent written work products (motions, coverage analyses, etc.) and has helped me negotiate a number of favorable settlements. Jennifer is very responsive and always keeps her clients informed."

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