U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
NominatedSeptember 20, 2021
David Urias is a partner at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has worked since 2008. His practice includes personal injury cases, medical malpractice claims, workers’ rights, election law, and civil rights law.
Urias’s clients have 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. If confirmed, Urias and his fellow Biden nominee Hernán Vera would be the third and fourth, respectively.
Urias serves 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.