Stephen S. Hamilton

Stephen S. Hamilton

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A.

Recognized since 2007

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Practice Areas

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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Mr. Hamilton is a trial lawyer with 36 years of experience in a wide range of civil litigation. His practice is currently primarily concentrated in the fields of condemnation and eminent domain, real property rights, commercial litigation, the representation of governmental entities and personal injury defense. He also is an experienced mediator of litigated cases.


  • 325 Paseo de Peralta
    Santa Fe, NM 87501


  • University of California Los Angeles , J.D., graduated 1974
  • Claremont McKenna College, BA, graduated 1970

Bar Admissions

  • California, State Bar of California
  • New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • California Bar Association - Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association - Member
  • New Mexico Bar Association - Member
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association - Member
  • New Mexico Rues of Civil Procedure Committee 1997-2003 - Member
  • New Mexico Supreme Court - Member
  • Oliver Seth Chapter of the American Inns of Court - Member

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

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Powell v. New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department

117 NM 415, 872, P.2d 388 (Ct. App. 1994). Successfully obtained summary judgment and defended the constitutionality of the New Mexico Tort Claims Act

AG Services of America v. Nielsen

231 F3d 726 (10th Cir 2000), cert. denied, 532 U.S.1021, 121 S. Ct. 1961, 149 L. Ed 2d 757 (2001). Successfully defended UCC claim tried to a jury and obtained reversal of adverse trial decision as to equitable claims.

Village of Wagon Mound v. The Mora Trust

2003-NMCA-035, 62 P.3d 1255 (Ct. App. 2003) cert. denied, 133 NM 413, 63 P.3d 516. Summary Judgment upheld in favor of the Village of Wagon Mound on their claim to the main waterline easement serving its citizens.

McNeill v. Rice Engineering and Operating, Inc.

2010-NMSC-015, 148 N.M. 16, 229 P.3d 489. Supreme Court upheld grant of summary judgment on trespass claim. Argued case to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Chavez v. New Mexico Public Education Department

621 F.3d 1275 (2010). Obtained favorable jury verdict on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act claim brought against the NMPED.

SECSYS, LLC v. Vigil

666 F.3d 678 (10th Cir. 2012). Obtained a summary judgment on constitutional claims brought against former state treasurer.

Sunnyland Farms, Inc. v. Central New Mexico Electrical Cooperative, Inc.

2013-NMSC-017, 301 P.3d 387. Successfully obtained decision from New Mexico Supreme Court as to all punitive damages and the majority of consequential damages awarded by the trial court on a claim against an electrical cooperative arising out of a fire which destroyed a large commercial greenhouse.

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