U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
NominatedSeptember 20, 2021
ConfirmedDecember 17, 2021
Judge David Urias was confirmed by the Senate on December 17th, 2021. He was previously a partner at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where worked from 2008 to 2021. His practice included personal injury cases, medical malpractice claims, workers’ rights, election law, and civil rights law.
Urias’s clients included employees whose rights were violated by their employers, and victims of violence by border vigilantes.
From 2004 to 2008, Urias was a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where his practice included voting rights, class action lawsuits, immigrants’ rights, and education rights.
Only two former MALDEF lawyers have ever served on the federal bench. Upon confirmation, Judge Urias became the third.
Urias served on the ACLU of New Mexico’s Legal Panel and on the board of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association.
Urias received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. He clerked for Judge Vanessa Ruiz of the D.C. Court of Appeals.