The Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLC has been a full-service family law firm since 1994; our attorneys are inspired by the desire to help clients work through some of the most difficult emotional times in their lives. Together with clients, attorneys develop a strategy for resolving legal issues whether it be divorce, child custody and support, paternity, adoption, domestic violence, grandparent rights, or any other aspect of family law.
Our attorneys are fortunate to be able to discuss cases with each other to brainstorm possible alternatives and strategies. Our goal is to assist clients in reaching a resolution that will work for them based on realistic expectations. If you are looking for excellent representation from a divorce attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico or the surrounding areas, call us and talk to a member of our family law team today.
Originally from the Denver, Colorado area, Ms. Latta received her BA at the University of Colorado in 1983. While she was a visiting student at the University of New Mexico, she received her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University in 1986, and she was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico that same year. She has also been licensed to practice in the US District Court for New Mexico and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1987.
In 1994, Ms. Latta went into private practice and founded the Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLC, specializing in family law and criminal misdemeanor defense. She also practices in the Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court and the Isleta Tribal Court. As a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Kiwanis Club, she has stayed active in the community. One of her passions is the Center for Civic Values where she has been a board member for many years and chair for the last two years. As a mentor for first year attorneys, she has continued to offer her knowledge and expertise to those who wish to practice family law. Ms. Latta is compassionate and straightforward, and has been practicing family law for over 30 years.
Brianna graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2014. During law school, she served as the President of the OUTlaws LGBT student organization. Brianna also worked as a graduate assistant in the Office for Diversity where she focused on Inclusive Excellence. In May 2014, she joined us as a law clerk with the desire to practice family law in New Mexico. Four months later, she was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar and is now a senior associate attorney alongside Lynda Latta.
Brianna currently sits on the Board of Directors for All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center and is the Young Lawyer’s Division Chair for the Family Law Section Board of Directors. One of her great passions is helping children and she is often court-appointed as a Guardian ad Litem to evaluate the best interests of children. She is a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Brianna is compassionate and strong willed, she strives for excellence and zealously represents every client.
Darin Kyle McDougall
Darin graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2015. Before he graduated, Darin was working in indigent criminal defense through clinical and practical programs at the School of Law. Upon graduating, Darin worked in the Metropolitan Division of the Law Offices of the Public Defender. His experience at the Public Defender’s office included many hours of trial experience and his winning record speaks for itself. Darin has now brought his jury trial experience to our office where he focuses on misdemeanor criminal defense and specializes in DWI defense, domestic violence and Restraining Orders.
Darin is very passionate about community service. He serves on the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the New Mexico State Bar, is a member of various Bar sections and is involved in pro bono and volunteer legal clinics throughout the state. Every year he helps teach fifth graders about the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Day program, helps draft wills for first responders through the Wills for Heroes program and is currently the co-chair for the Young Lawyers Division law student mentorship program. It is Darin’s firm belief that advocating for a client and community service are intertwined.
Emily is a native New Mexican, but spent many years in Arizona, where she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. She focused her legal education on family law and domestic matters and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2017. During her studies, Emily was placed on the Dean’s List for academic achievement, wrote a legal seminar paper on domestic violence and community property and her law school drafting course centered on estate and retirement planning. In her second year of law school, Emily interned at a Guardian ad Litem non-profit firm and then clerked for two family law judges in Arizona. During and after law school, she worked with children and volunteered her time for many charities.
Emily has been acknowledged for her accomplishments in family law. She earned the Family Law Mediation Certificate as well as the Theory and Practice Mediation Certificate. In 2017, the UNM School of Law faculty honored her with the school’s Award for Excellence in Family Law Advocacy. By complete coincidence, the Law Offices of Lynda Latta sponsors this award every year. Before graduating from law school, Emily joined our firm as a law clerk. She has learned the practice of law first-hand from Lynda Latta and her associate attorneys and we are proud to welcome her as our newest associate attorney.