Jan Gilman-Tepper


Professional Curriculum Vitae

Jan Gilman-Tepper co-founder of the firm has practiced family law for over 30 years and concentrates her practice in the area of business divorces. Her clients include business owners, or their spouses. She has worked with large and small businesses. She has represented owners, corporate officers, or their spouses, in all major industries in New Mexico.

This concentration has prepared her to handle the problems which arise when a business is involved in a divorce. She sees the big picture and can help solve problems in an efficient manner. The last thing the business needs is a long drawn out divorce Court process. She is skilled in all alternative dispute resolution methods, which include: Collaborative Divorce, mediated divorce, negotiation and facilitation. According to an article in the New Mexico Bar Bulletin, Jan “Helped spearhead collaborative divorce, a process aimed at helping families resolve the legal, emotional, financial and parenting aspects of divorce without resorting to litigation” She frequently lectures on Collaborative Divorce topics for Continuing Legal Education Seminars in New Mexico for attorneys, financial and mental health experts.

Jan handles multi-layered cases involving business valuation, high profile and professional goodwill, multi-state businesses, prenuptial agreements and tax issues. Her practice focuses on providing sound legal advice while protecting the privacy and compassion her clients need.

In addition to serving on numerous committees, over her thirty plus year career, Jan has freely given her time to the New Mexico Bar Association by serving as a speaker, lecturer and author of materials for Continuing Legal Education seminars held across the state. Jan has lectured on such topics as Collaborative Divorce, litigation divorce, adoption, domestic violence, COBRA issues, forensics, business valuation and professionalism.


  • New Mexico State University – Bachelor of Arts
  • University of New Mexico School of Law

Professional Qualifications and Awards

  • New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow – 1984 to present
  • Trained Collaborative Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s® Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers -1997 to present
  • Best Lawyers in America – 1987 to present
  • Southwest Super Lawyers – 2007 to present
  • New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Best of the Bar” for family law – 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America © as the Albuquerque Family Lawyer of the Year – 2011
  • Outstanding Service Award – Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico
  • Distinguished Bar Service Award – 2002
  • Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board – Dedication and Mentorship – 2005
  • New Mexico Bar Association Section of Family Law – Meritorious Effort and Contributions – 1984


  • State Bar of New Mexico – over 30 years
  • Albuquerque Bar Association Member – over 30 years
  • Albuquerque Bar Association President – 2011
  • American Bar Association Member – Family Law Section – over 30 years
  • Supreme Court’s Professionalism Board
  • New Mexico Women’s Bar Association Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Advisory Committee Member – 1994
  • Chair of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and Board of Legal Specialization
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Albuquerque and New Mexico Collaborative Practice Groups
  • Collaborative Practice Breakfast Group
  • Opera Southwest and Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association – Boards of Directors

Appealed Cases

  • Spingola v. Spingola, 91 N.M. 737, 580 P.2d 958 (1978), Belosky v. Belosky, 97 N.M. 365, 640 P.2d 471 (1982), Fox v. Fox, 103 N.M. 155,703 P.2d 932 (1985), Gomez v. Gomez, 119 N.M. 755, 895 P.2d 277 (1995) which involved child custody and jurisdiction issues.


  • COBRA – How it works and How it May Impact Spouses Upon Divorce – Journal of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Article was awarded the Exceptional Article from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 1991

Professional Curriculum Vitae


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"If your goal is to minimize the damages -- both emotionally and financially for you and your spouse -- consider working with Jan Gilman-Tepper and her team of collaborative experts." - New Mexico Business Owner