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Leslie McCarthy Apodaca 505.768.7373 lapodaca@rodey.com
Education University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., with high distinction, 1982; Order of the Coif) Université de Grenoble, France (Certificat Pratique de la Langue Française, 1979) University of New Mexico (B.A., with highest honors, 1978; Phi Beta Kappa)

Professional Experience Ms. McCarthy Apodaca is a director in the Albuquerque office practicing in the firm’s Complex and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Her practice emphasizes complex litigation matters, including class actions, antitrust, computer software litigation and business disputes. Ms. McCarthy Apodaca has served as defense counsel in a number of nationwide class actions, including serving as New Mexico counsel for a major multi-national corporation in several antitrust cases. She has extensive experience in cases involving the performance of computer operating systems and software. Bilingual in Spanish, she has represented United States-based manufacturing companies in developing twin plants under Mexico's "maquiladora" program and has experience in representing United States companies seeking to do business in Mexico. Ms. McCarthy Apodaca also has substantial appellate experience in state and federal courts. She has been certified as an arbitrator (commercial panel) by the American Arbitration Association and is licensed to practice law in Arizona. She has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for her expertise in commercial litigation.

Languages Bilingual in Spanish; fluent French; conversational Italian

Professional Memberships and Activities Board of Directors and Executive Committee member, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus Board of Trustees, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (2006 – 2009) State Bars of New Mexico and Arizona New Mexico Liaison, Woman Advocate Committee, American Bar Association U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits Publications Treatise: Eminent Domain in Arizona (1st ed. 1991), with R. Kerrick and J. Rice.


  • 201 Third Street, NW, Suite 2200
    P.O. Box 1888
    Albuquerque, NM 87102


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, State Bar of Arizona
  • New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Disputes
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Complex Litigation

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