Sandra Morgan Little
New Mexico native, Sandra Morgan Little, is a Martindale-Hubbell© AV rated attorney and Board Certified Family Law Specialist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a 1975 graduate of New Mexico State University receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Sandra received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1978.
Sandra was admitted to practice law in New Mexico in 1978 and began her career at the Albuquerque law firm of Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A. She worked there for fifteen years advancing to be a shareholder of the firm. In April 1993, she along with colleague, Jan Gilman-Tepper, left that firm to form Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A. where they practice complex matrimonial law. The Firm is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Firms.
A trained Collaborative Attorney, Sandra is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group and the Rio Grande Collaborative Practice Group.
A prolific writer and speaker, Sandra has lectured to thousands of attorneys across the country on various family law topics that include retirement, valuation, tax reform, using experts and pensions.
Her work has been published in well respected publications such as The Family Advocate, Barrister, The Complete Lawyer, Fairshare, Matthew Bender and the ABA Journal. In 2003, she and forensic accountant Tom Burrage co-authored Divorce and Domestic Relations Litigation: Financial Adviser’s Guide, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
She is a frequent lecturer at the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section where she has been a member since 1986. She has served in various capacities on numerous ABA committees. In 1999-2000, Sandra was elected Chair of the ABA Family Law Section heading up the world’s largest family law organization.
Sandra is also a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was elected to the American College of Family Trial Lawyers as a Diplomate in 1999, an organization of 100 top family law attorneys in the country.
While well known on a national level, Sandra also stays involved in local and statewide bar associations. She served as the State Bar of New Mexico President of the Young Lawyers Division and Chair of the Family Law Section. She has also headed the Bench and Bar Relations Committee, served on the Board of Bar Commissioners and the Judicial Selection Committee. She serves the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico Disciplinary Board as a Hearing Review Officer.
Sandra is often contacted by newspapers, magazines and media for interviews regarding hot family law issues. She has been quoted as an expert in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times and even Glamour Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.
Sandra has been recognized many times by her peers for her outstanding work in Family Law. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America eleven times and was recently named as a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2007 through 2011. In 2010 Sandra was listed in New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Best of the Bar” for family law.
In 1985, she was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. That same year, and then again in 1995, she was awarded with the State Bar of New Mexico Outstanding Contribution to the Bar Award. The American Bar Association Family Law Section has recognized her outstanding service numerous times.
In 1998, she was rewarded for her leadership in the ABA by receiving the ABA Family Law Section Chair’s Cup for Meritorious Service Exceeding What is Expected of Our Leadership. In 1999, she was awarded again for her leadership by being the recipient of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession’s “Pathways to Leadership” award.
In addition to providing strong leadership and valuable service to numerous professional organizations, Sandra is a skilled and successful trial attorney. She has tried hundreds of cases in various district courts across New Mexico. Nine of her cases have been reported by the New Mexico Supreme Court, including Koppenhaver v. Koppenhaver, 101 N.M. 105, 678 P.2d (1180) (Ct. App) Cert. den. 101 N.M. 11, 677 P.2d 624 (1984). This was the first case in the United States to allow an agreement stating military retirement pay was separate property to be reopened following passage of Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. Her other reported cases involved such complex issues as unmatured retirement benefits, present value for retirement, alimony and child support issues.