Assistant Attorney General - Consumer Protection/Fire

Consumer & Civil Rights Division



Apply by 06/08/2024


$37.19 – $66.94 Hourly

$77,354 – $139,238 Annually

This position is a Pay Band LH

Posting Details

The Department of Justice has broad statutory authority over civil legal matters and proceedings involving the state. The Attorney General is charged with administering and enforcing a wide variety of laws that benefit New Mexico residents. The Consumer Protection Division enforces laws such as the Unfair Practices Act, Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, antitrust laws protecting against price-fixing, bid-rigging and attempts to reduce competition. The Division has a Tobacco Bureau that enforces the Master Settlement Agreement, as well as a Utilities Bureau that examines all applications made by utilities that could impose increased rates on consumers to protect residential, small business, and agricultural utility ratepayers.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time.  Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

Why does the job exist?

This Attorney position exists to represent the interests of New Mexico and its residents.

How does it get done?

Investigate complaints and claims and gather evidence to build affirmative cases;
Draft investigative memoranda, pleadings, motions, and briefing in civil matters in state and federal courts;
Propound and respond to written discovery;
Take and defend depositions;
Appear in court for motions practice and trials;
Work closely with colleagues and professional staff to accomplish litigation goals and meet all deadlines;
Negotiate settlements and represent the interests of the People of New Mexico;

Who are the customers?

The State of New Mexico and its consumers/residents.

Ideal Candidate

The Department of Justice is looking for candidates that demonstrate excellence in the following:

Committed to and values public service and diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Strong litigation, analytical, research, oral, written, and negotiation skills;
Excels at learning new areas of law and takes initiative to learn quickly and dive into subject matter;
Exhibits active listening and effective communication with the public, courts, colleagues, staff and leadership;
Accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change;
Takes a result-oriented, open-minded, and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and dealing with crises;

Minimum Qualification

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of New Mexico or qualified to apply for limited practice license (Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA). For more information on limited practice licenses, please visit

Employment Requirements

All Attorney classifications must be and remain licensed as an attorney, in good standing, by the Supreme Court of New Mexico, or licensed as an attorney and in good standing by the highest court of another state and eligible pursuant to the limited license provisions (See Rules 15-301.1 and 15-301.2 NMRA).

Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment as some statewide travel maybe required. Employment is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending, lifting and reaching may be required. Ability to complete assignments with a high level of accuracy within strict time constraints. Must be able to lift 25 – 30 lbs. Occasional travel may be required.

Supplemental Information


Agency Contact Information: Tim Maestas

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.


Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.