Academy Member Inducted 2022

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Hon. Jeff Foster McElroy (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Hon. Jeff Foster McElroy (Ret.)

Diplomate member
New Mexico Dispute Resolution
88 Chisholm Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Tel: (575) 770-7697
Cell: (575) 770-7697
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Recognized to New Mexico Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2019
  • # of MEDS (as of 23/7/24)150
  • # of ARBS (as of 23/7/24)30
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Judge McElroy is an experienced mediator, settlement facilitator, arbitrator and former chief judge with a good track record of resolving hard to settle cases, He has practiced law for forty years, including seven years as a general jurisdiction judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court in New Mexico based in Taos. Selected by his fellow district judges to serve five years as chief judge and by the Supreme Court to chair the Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, he retired from the bench in 2019.

He now lives in Santa Fe and helps litigants and their attorneys around the state to resolve cases with five years experience in settlement conferences, mediations, pro tem assignments and arbitrations. He serves on the First Judicial Districts dispute resolution panel. District judges have appointed the former judge to serve as special master and arbitrator in district court cases. He serves on the American Arbitration Association’s commercial and consumer panels as an arbitrator and mediator. Judge McElroy is available to handle all case types via video conference or in person in New Mexico and through the Unitied States.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Native American
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates


  • Juris Doctorate - University of New Mexico, School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts - St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1979

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New Mexico State Bar Association (1983)
  • US District Court: New Mexico (1984)
  • US Circuit Court of Appeals: Tenth (1984)
  • California State Bar Association (1992), currently on in-active status
  • New Mexico State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Santa Fe County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section

Rates Information

$365 per hour for mediation

$425 per hour for arbitration

No charge for travel time

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