Attorney Profile

Jan B. Gilman-Tepper

Jan Gilman-Tepper

Little, Gilman-Tepper Batley & Leigh, P.A.
500 Marquette Avenue Northwest, Suite 1310
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Little, Gilman-Tepper Batley & Leigh, P.A.

New Mexico (NM)

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T: 505-246-0500
F: 505-246-9953

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Practice Areas: Family Law (100%)

Family Law

Industry Groups: American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers;

Profile

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.


Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014

About Jan Gilman-Tepper

Admitted: 1977, New Mexico

Professional Webpage: lgtfamilylaw.com/team/jan-gilman-tepper/

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Service as Member/Chair the NM Board of Legal Specialization, 1990-1996
  • NM Bar Association Section of Family Law, Meritorious Effort and Contributions, 1984
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 1994-Present
  • Award for Exceptional Article from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1991
  • Outstanding Service Award from the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, 1996
  • Distinguished Bar Service Award, New Mexico State Bar, 2002
  • Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board, Dedication and Mentorship, 2005
  • Outstanding Service Award from the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico
  • New Mexico's Business Weekly's "Best of the Bar" for Family Law, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America as the Albuquerque Family Lawyer of the Year, 2001
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007 to Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1987-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers, 1997-Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984-Present, 1984
  • Supreme Court State of NM Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board and Board of Legal Specialization
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy's Family Law Advisory
  • New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Trained Collaborative Attorney
  • New Mexico's Women's Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Over 30 Years
  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Over 30 Years
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Over 30 Years

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Collaborative Practice Breakfast Group, Collaborative Divorce Associations, Present
  • Member, Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group, Collaborative DIvorce Associations, Present
  • Liaison, ABA Standing Committee for Lawyer Certification, Family Law Section, ABA, 1996-1999 and 2001-2003
  • Chair, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, 2000-2005
  • Immediate Past Chair, Supreme Court Board of Legal Specialization, Supreme Court State of NM
  • Board Member, Mandatory Continuing Legal Ed. Board, Supreme Court State of NM
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Divorce Associations, Present
  • Member, New Mexico Women's Bar Association, 1993-Present
  • Board of Directors, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2007-2012
  • President, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2011
  • Member, Albuquerque Bar Association, 1977-Present
  • Member, Recertification and Membership Committees, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1984-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1978-Present
  • Board of Directors, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1995-1999
  • Family Law Advisory Committee, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1994
  • Chair and Board Member, Supreme Court Board of Legal Specialization, Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, Albuquerque Civic Light Opera
  • Board Member, Opera Southwest

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • As Family Court Judges See It:Top Mistakes Attorneys Make  In Litigating Divorce, Moderator, NBI Judges Seminar, 2014
  • Authored, COBRA "How it May Impact Spouses Upon Divorce", Journal of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990
  • Lecturer, Art and Practice of Managing Your Law Practice, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, October 2001
  • Lecturer, When the Business is the Third Party in the Divorce, , Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, March 2000
  • Lecturer, McElhaney's Master Advocate Series, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, December 1998
  • Lecturer, Domestic Violence and Custody Ethical Dilemmas, NM Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Lecturer, COBRA "How it May Impact Spouses Upon Divorce", NM State Bar, 1993
  • Lecturer, Basics of a New Mexico Divorce: Ethics, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, October, 2004
  • Lecturer, 2002 Bridge the Gap, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, December 2002
  • Lecturer, Litigation Support, New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, 1990
  • Lecturer, Custody and Visitation in New Mexico, National Business Institute, 1991
  • Lecturer, Children's Court vs. Domestic Court, Arizona State Bar, 1992
  • Lecturer, COBRA Rights, New Mexico State Bar, 1992
  • Lecturer, Effective Custody Litigation Techniques, New Mexico Family Law Institute, 1992
  • Lecturer, Changes in the Adoption Code, New Mexico State Bar, 1993
  • Author, Custody and Visitation in New Mexico Handbook, National Business Institute, 1993
  • Lecturer, Financial Forensics in Litigation and Business Valuation Discounts, New Mexico State Bar, 1993-1995
  • Lecturer, Child Custody and Shared Parenting, National Business Institute, March 2000
  • Lecturer, Study in Professionalism Case of the Silent Alarm, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, November 2001
  • Lecturer, Professionalism, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, 2001-2003
  • Lecturer, Interpreting the Creed Through Different Communication Styles, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, October, 2002
  • Lecturer, Attorney Mentoring, Albuquerque Bar Association, October 2003
  • Lecturer, Negotiating a Family Law Case, February, 2008
  • Lecturer, Hot Tips: Family Law's Greatest Hits, April, 2009
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, May 2008
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Training SYmposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, May 2007
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Symposium: Ethics, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, May 2006
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Training Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, April 2011
  • Lecturer, NM Collaborative Practice Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, April 2012
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, April 2010
  • Lecturer, NM Advanced Collaborative Practice Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, April 2009
  • Lecturer, State Bar of New Mexico Annual Meeting, July 2011
  • Lecturer, Family Court Update and Recent Cases from Court, September 2011
  • Lecturer, NM Collaborative Practice Symposium, Center for Legal Education of New Mexico State Bar Foundation, April 2013

Verdicts and Settlements:

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

Newsletters:

  • Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley has established a reputation as a leader in family law, both locally and nationally.  Attorneys at the firm are experienced in complicated matrimonial issues and represent high asset and high profile cases in New Mexico.  The Firm specializes in complex family matters involving a full range of domestic relations law, dissolution of marriage, separation, division and valuation of property, support, custody, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. By writing and speaking the attorneys make sure they are involved in the cutting edge practice of Family Law.  The attorneys are active statewide and nationally with prestigious Family Law organizations and have served in a leadership capacity in many of them. In addition to being successful and experienced litigators, each attorney is trained and actively participates in collaborative law, a resolution method designed to find a mutually acceptable settlement for all parties without going to court.  Through this process, disputes are solved respectfully under the advice of a team of collaborative professionals, allowing family members to heal and maintain positive relationships. Little, Gilman-Tepper established their law firm in 1993.  Roberta S. Batley, Partner, joined in 2003 and became a shareholder in 2007.  Tiffany Oliver Leigh, Associate Attorney, joined in 2004 and Jennifer M. DeGraauw, Associate Attorney, joined in 2011.  “No two divorces are the same and no two days are the same”, say Sandra Morgan Little, Partner and Co-Founder.  “We all deal with many interesting legal issues.  What remains the same is that we interact with people who are at a very difficult time in their lives, and we give each client the individual attention they need to help them successfully move on to the next stage of their life.” Little, Gilman-Tepper, & Batley, believe the key to success is hard work, being aware of clients’ goals for the divorces and tailoring representation within the law to meet those goals.

Educational Background:

  • New Mexico State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1974
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