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Brian Shoemaker

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1303 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Suite 5
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Fax: 505-246-1652

Description of Practice

Brian Shoemaker, Mediator, Collaborative Counsel and Litigation Lawyer, blends more than 28 years experience as an old school litigation lawyer with more than 30 years as an innovative and cutting edge technology mediator. Safety and efficiency are two of the many aspects that Brian emphasizes in his divorce practice. He remains at the fore front of training and using reliable innovations that help clients make wiser choices that result in long-term agreements. Brian has been repeatedly selected by US News as a "Best Lawyer" for the past eight years in the area of divorce and family law.

Professional Background

Although first trained as a mediator 30 years ago (Since 1988), Brian Shoemaker initially focused on his work as a litigation lawyer, trying cases in multiple federal and state venues. Brian then called upon his earlier mediation and other dispute resolution training as he resumed his mediation practice and began working with collaborative Practice.


Brian was formally trained in mediation in the fall of 1988 and has conducted many mediated cases since that time. He went on to earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette College of Law in 1991. Mr. Shoemaker completed his initial training in Collaborative Practice in 2005, and has been vigorously involved in the development of this dispute resolution form in New Mexico and internationally since that time. Mr. Shoemaker served as President and Board Member of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, as a member of the Training and Education Committee for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and actively served on the New Mexico State Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee both on the Board and as the Committee's lawyer Co-Chair.


Degrees: 1991 Juris Doctorate, Willamette College of Law 1988 BA, Brigham Young University Other Pertinent Certificates: 2008 Mediation Training, Gary Friedman (30 hours) 2005 Collaborative Practice Basic Training (15 hours) 1997 NITA Trial Advocacy Course (40 hours) 1994 Spousal and Child Abuse training (80 hours) 1993 US Army Trial Advocacy Training (40 hours) Mr. Shoemaker has conducted multiple trainings on Interest-Based Negotiation, Communication and other Conflict resolution skills internationally, nationally and locally for the past 10 years. Mr. Shoemaker has also attended a host of other trainings and conference to enhance his education and training.


Brian emphasizes safety and efficiency. He invokes a wide array of conflict resolution and communication modalities to help clients feel safe enough to be able to make prudent decisions and reach wise agreements. At times, Brian has also been called upon to help clients, who are limited in financial resources and need to reach resolution as efficiently as possible, work through the issues in their case towards a sensible solution. In all cases, Brian's keen ear for needs, concerns and interests, help clients on their way to a quality resolution of their case.


Brian works with clients to fashion a tailored approach to resolve their case as financially prudent as is reasonably possible.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Personal Injury

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional