Discovery with Taylor S. Rahn

The Albuquerque-based civil rights and police civil liability defense attorney with Robles, Rael & Anaya shares her family’s law enforcement history, what interests her about immigration law, and her favorite pickup line from Dumb & Dumber.

Published in 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers — May 2016

My nickname is … Tay.

I can’t go a day without … coffee.

If you were in my office, you’d … see a lot of law enforcement memorabilia. I have patches and challenge coins from various law enforcement agencies around New Mexico. I also have my grandfather’s name badge from his uniform in the 1950s and some old recruiting posters from our local police department. My favorite piece is a frame with photographs of my great-great-grandfather, grandfather, father and husband in their uniforms.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I played college basketball at Eastern New Mexico University, [the Greyhounds]. I played center, or the five position.

When I was a newbie lawyer, I … still am a newbie lawyer.

The lawyer I most admire is …. my boss, Luis Robles—the hardest-working and most deliberate person I know. He taught me everything I needed to know about being a lawyer.

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … integrity.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a police officer.

When I win a case, I celebrate by … cheering in my office if it is a motion, or if it is a trial, cheering once I get to my car.

A different practice area that intrigues me is … immigration law—learning about different cultures and why people want to come to the United States.

My real-life heroes are … my parents.

On weekends I … binge-watch shows on Netflix.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … How I Met Your Mother.

My most bizarre talent is … I can wiggle my ears.

The talent I wish I had is … being a good dancer.

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom was … a potential juror saying that if you want to use the civil justice system in this country, you should speak “American.” 

The movie line I quote most often is … “Are those your skis? Both of them?” from Dumb & Dumber.

I wish I had invented … smartphones.

Nothing cheers me up like … spending time with my son.

My guilty pleasure is … sunflower seeds.

My favorite word is … “erroneous.”

The most annoying thing about my job is … billable hours.

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