Nathan T. Nieman

Nathan T. Nieman


Modrall Sperling

Recognized since 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

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Nathan Nieman is a litigator. His litigation experience is broad and includes handling commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance, prescription medication products liability, workers' compensation, unfair trade practices, and employment discrimination cases in federal, state, and agency courts. Nathan also provides day-to-day advice to property management companies and concerning human resources matters for public education entities. His recent litigation experience includes representing, as both a lead and second chair attorney, public and private entities in commercial, personal injury and employment litigation from inception to trial or arbitration. He has also successfully represented, through briefing and oral argument, a local school district before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Nathan's diverse practice combined with his trial and appellate experience has enabled him to provide advice to clients based upon first-hand litigation experience and regarding a broad range of subjects. Nathan has been selected as a Southwest Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers® and is listed as a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.

Nathan has also successfully provided pro bono services to New Mexico residents in landlord/tenant disputes and for a non-profit organization.

Nathan received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University. While attending college, Nathan worked as a snowboard instructor, and then a laborer and forklift operator for a regional concrete construction materials supply company in the Seattle area. Nathan then moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and was a member of DePaul's Law Review. Additionally, while attending law school, Nathan worked as a teaching assistant for legal writing classes, a mentor for first year law students, and a research assistant to Professors Stephan Landsman and Martha Pagliari. Nathan's extended family has lived and worked in western New Mexico, which led him to Albuquerque following law school.

Nathan currently serves as Chair of Modrall Sperling's Employment Group.

Location

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

Education

  • DePaul University , J.D., graduated 2009
  • Seattle Pacific University, B.A., graduated 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 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
  • Texas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Second Judicial District Voluntary Attorney Project - Member
  • State Bar of New Mexico - Member

Modrall Sperling
Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico

35 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

3 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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

  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America©, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, Under 40 Hot List, 2017-present
  • Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, recognized as Future Litigation Star, 2020
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as a Southwest Rising Star, 2014-present

Acosta v. BNSF Railway Company, No. D-101-CV-2011-02741

Obtained defense jury verdict on behalf of client in personal injury/Federal Employer’s Liability Act case.

Anchondo v. Basic Energy Services, Inc., 14-CV-00624 (D.N.M. 2015)

Obtained dismissal of claims of intentional conduct against client in oil field accident.

Martinez v. BNSF Railway Company, No. D-1314-CV-2013-00658

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in personal injury/Federal Employer’s Liability Act case.

Stark-Romero v. Amtrak Co., 763 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (D.N.M. 2011)

Drafted brief on behalf of railroad client concerning novel removal issue, and successfully received remedy sought.

Latham v. Board of Education for the Albuquerque Public Schools, 489 Fed. Appx. 239, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 14472, 26 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 1332 (July 12, 2012)

Successfully defended school district in federal district court and on appeal before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in a complete dismissal of all claims against client. Completed both briefing and oral argument on behalf of the school district during appeal.

State ex rel. King v. Lyons, 2011-NMSC-004

Drafted amicus brief on behalf of Easter Seals El Mirador and Union Pacific Railroad Company.

Carl Kelley Construction, LLC v. Mountain States Indemnity Co., D-1215-CV-2010-00926

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurer in relation to construction defect claims.

Hart v. Albuquerque Public Schools

Lead attorney for Albuquerque Public Schools in arbitration concerning reduction in force/termination and Americans with Disabilities Act claim. Termination was upheld.

Feit v. Albuquerque Public Schools

Lead attorney for Albuquerque Public Schools in arbitration concerning termination of teacher concerning off-duty conduct. Termination was upheld.

Marquez v. Albuquerque Public Schools, HRD No. 10-10-12-0479

Successfully defended Albuquerque Public Schools in a formal hearing before the Human Rights Commission. Employee alleged that school district discriminated against her. After a two day formal hearing, the Human Rights Commission found in favor of the school district.

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