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Hon. Wendy E. York, Mediator & Arbitrator, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hon. Wendy E. York

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York Mediations, LLC
500 Tijeras Avenue, NW
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Tel: (505) 843-7896
Fax: (505) 843-7129
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Recognized to New Mexico Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2005
  • Total Mediations (as of Jul 2020): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jul 2020): 200
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After graduating from the UNM School of Law in 1982, Wendy York worked at the Santa Fe Public Defender and then entered private practice, focusing on criminal and civil litigation. She also taught torts, criminal law and criminal procedure.  From 1997 until 2005, she sat as a District Court Judge in the Civil Division. She received the Outstanding Judge of the Year from the Albuquerque Bar Association and the Power and Caring Award from the Women’s Bar Association. 

As a result of her judicial experience, she has a unique ability to help disputants appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their positions and the vagaries that make going to trial so risky and unpredictable. She is also a sought after speaker and trainer both locally and nationally.  Ms. York has received advanced training in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, and holds an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

For the last fifteen years, she has worked as a mediator, special master and arbitrator with the Sheehan & Sheehan law firm.  She also conducts mock cross-examinations to help witnesses prepare for trial.  She has mediated approximately 2400 cases and has been named a SuperLawyer in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She was appointed to the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and has spoken nationally on mediation.

She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of New Mexico, Department of Economics and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of New Mexico Law School.  In 2017, she received the Henrietta Pettijohn award from the New Mexico Women’s Bar.  The New Mexico Supreme Court appointed her as chair of the Uniform Jury instruction Committee and as chair of the Adult Guardianship Study Commission.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico J.D., Magna Cum Laude – 1982 
Law Review: Natural Resources Journal, 1981 – 1982
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico B.A., Economics Magna Cum Laude – 1978
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New Mexico District Judges Association, 1998 – 2005
  • New Mexico District Judges Association, Board of Directors, 1998 – 2005
  • Mid-State Women’s Bar Association, Member, 1995 – Present
  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2007
  • UNM School of Law Distinguished Achievement Award Honoree, 2012
  • Super Lawyers®, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2009 – Present
  • Distinguished Alumna, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics, 2006
  • Outstanding Judge of the Year, Albuquerque Bar Association, 2002
  • Recipient of the Power and Caring Award, New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, 2002
  • Albuquerque Bar Association Survey of Judicial Performance: Highest Rated Judge, 2002

Rates Information

$395.00 per hour

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