Attorney Profile

Gretchen M. Walther

Gretchen Walther

Walther Family Law
6501 Americas Pkwy. NE #820
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Walther Family Law

Albuquerque

New Mexico (NM)

505-889-8240

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Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 years

Practice Areas

Family Law

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The founding lawyer of Walther Family Law, Gretchen Walther understands the challenges that residents in the greater Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas of New Mexico face as they deal with separation and divorce. She seeks to help people resolve their differences as amicably as possible during divorce proceedings, specifically with regard to alimony, custody, child support, and asset division and evaluation. In addition, her practice includes family law appeals, prenuptial agreements, grandparents' rights and adoptions. As the co-founder and president of New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, she and her associates work with clients to find alternative options to hostile divorces such as collaborative divorce and settlement facilitation.

After obtaining her law degree from Pace University School of Law, Ms. Walther began practicing family law. She was initially known for her aggressive negotiation and litigation tactics but began to look for alternatives to contentious divorce proceedings. After looking into options, she wrote a book for lawyers called "Power Imbalances in Divorce Mediation," which addresses the difficulties that can arise during mediated settlements.

Ms. Walther serves with several professional organizations, including as president of the Albuquerque Bar Association. She also works with the Second Judicial District Pro Se Challenge Project, an agency that helps individuals who do not have lawyers. She is currently the chair for the Albuquerque Practice Group Public Education Committee, which provides community education on collaborative divorce. She formerly served as the chairs of various organizations, such as the Family Law Section of the New Mexico Bar, the Family Law Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Annual New Mexico Family Law Institute.

As a respected member in the legal community, Ms. Walther teaches classes on the topic of divorce and has been requested as a speaker for the Law Education Institute Aspen Conference. Some of the decisions in her cases have been noted by federal courts.

Comments:
“A pioneer in Collaborative Divorce. She created the program in this state, and is deeply involved in the process.”
This comment was made by a fellow attorney during the annual nomination process.

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About Gretchen Walther

Law School: Pace University Law School

Admitted: 1997, New Mexico

Professional Webpage: www.waltherfamilylaw.com/family-law-attorneys/#gretchen

Honors and Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005
  • Named as Albuquerque's Family Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers®, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • New Mexico State Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Albuquerque Practice Group Public Education Committee
  • Committee Member, Uniform Collaborative Law Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Committee Member, New Mexico Supreme Court, New Mexico Domestic Relations Task Force, 2004 - 2008
  • Committee Member, Second Judicial District Pro Se Challenge Project
  • Former Chair, Annual New Mexico Family Law Institute
  • Former Chair, Family Law Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Former Chair, Family Law Section, State Bar of New Mexico
  • President, Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Founding Member, President and Co-Founder of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group
  • Member, Public Education Committee, 2002 - 2004
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2002 - Present
  • Board Member, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Editor of Newsletter, Family Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Legislative Committee, Family Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association, 2000
  • Board Member, Family Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association, 1999 - 2004
  • Chair, Family Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Member, Family Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, New Mexico Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, "Interest Based Negotiations", New Mexico State Bar Annual Convention, 2010
  • Speaker, "Strategic Uses for Business Valuations in Divorce Cases - From Litigation to Collaborative Divorce", AICPA National Business Valuation Conference, November 2009
  • Speaker, Family Law Litigation, National Business Institute, New Mexico, December 14, 2000
  • Moderator, Family Law Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 16, 2000
  • Moderator, Level One Collaborative Divorce Training, Pauline Tesler, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 21, 2002
  • Speaker, Collaborative Divorce, Albuquerque Bar Association CLE, June 4, 2002
  • Speaker, A Roadmap Through New Mexico Divorce Proceedings, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 16, 2004
  • Speaker, Level One Collaborative Divorce Training, New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May, 2004
  • Moderator, Before the Business Valuation: Understanding Financial Aspects of Business, ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 20-23, 2004
  • Speaker, Civil Marriage, Civil Rights, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 7, 2004
  • Speaker, Collaborative Law Panel, UNM Alternative Dispute Resolution Student Association, November 2004
  • Speaker, Collaborative Divorce, Law Education Institute, Snow Mass, Colorado, January 2005
  • Speaker, Impasse In Collaborative Divorce Cases, ABA Family Law Section Spring CLE Conference, Austin, Texas, April 2005
  • Teacher, University of New Mexico, Family Law Class of Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, February 14, 2005
  • Speaker, Law Office Management-Tips for Family Law Practitioners, Law Education Institute, Snow Mass, Colorado, January 2006
  • Speaker, Stock Options: When the Real Value Happens After Divorce, Law Education Institute, Snow Mass, Colorado, January 2007
  • Speaker, 'Actually Exercising' Custody Under the Hague Convention,: What it is and How to Prove It, Law Education Institute, Snow Mass, Colorado, January 2008
  • Speaker, AICPA, Annual Meeting for Advanced Financial Planning, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 2008
  • Speaker, The Uniform Collaborative Law Act, New Mexico State Bar, Annual Collaborative Symposium, May 2008
  • Speaker, "The Uniform Collaborative Law Act", International Association of Collaborative Professionals Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2008
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Family Law Valuations, Part I and Part II", Law Education Institute, Snow Mass, Colorado, January 2009
  • Speaker, "Interest Based Negotiations", New Mexico State Bar Continuing Education, 2010
  • Frequently Speaker, on subjects for Other Lawyers, Law Education Institute Aspen Conference
  • Author, Power Imbalances in Divorce Mediation, a definitive source for attorneys seeking to understand the potential pitfalls of mediated settlements

Educational Background:

  • Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland
  • New York University, New York, NY, B.A., Cum Laude
  • Pace University School of Law, New York, NY, J.D., Dean's List
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