Patricia Salazar Ives

Santa Fe - Partner

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Patricia Ives is a Partner at Cuddy & McCarthy and has practiced law with the Firm since 1987.  Her primary practice areas are administrative and regulatory law, telecommunications, education, public school bonds and finance, Indian Law, employment law and litigation.  She advises public and private employers on local, state and federal employment laws, employee handbooks and manuals, employment contracts, and other personnel matters.  Patricia also advises telecommunications and other utilities on state and federal law, and advises public schools regarding board, bond and tax elections, as well as in the sale of general obligation bonds and education technology lease-purchase arrangements.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (J.D., 1983), where she was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.  She received her B.A. from Whittier College, California in 1979.

Ms. Ives served as law clerk to the Honorable William F. Riordan of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1983 to 1985.  From 1985 to 1987, she served as Assistant Attorney General representing the Telecommunications Staff of the New Mexico State Corporation Commission and later represented the New Mexico State Corporation Commission on telecommunications matters.

Her professional associations include the State Bar of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation Bar Association,  the American Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers,  the Federal Bar Association, and the Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association.  She has served on the Navajo Nation Bar Association’s Training Committee since 2006.

Ms. Ives is admitted to practice before the state courts of New Mexico, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and all courts of the Navajo Nation.  She also represents clients regularly before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Navajo Labor Relations, the Navajo Nation Labor Commission, and other state, federal and tribal agencies and commissions.

Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Ms. Ives is fluent in Spanish and represents many local non-profit organizations.


New Mexico Exchange Carrier Group v. N.M. Pub. Reg. Comm’n, 2016-NMSC-015, 369 P.3d 1058

Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association v. N.M. Pub. Reg. Comm’n, 2006-NMSC-032, 140 N.M. 6, 139 P.3d 166

Valdez v. State, 132 N.M. 667, 2002-NMSC-028, 54 P.3d 71


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