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New Mexico Legal Group Attorney Darin McDougall

Darin McDougall, Top-Rated Albuquerque Attorney

Divorce Attorney Darin McDougall with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Get To Know Darin

I grew up in a small rural town in Washington State, where travel between the US and Canada sparked an early love of travel. I worked as a volunteer at a school in Alotenango, Guatemala in a school for children too poor to afford the materials and uniforms necessary for the public school, traveled all over Europe sleeping most nights on a train traveling from one amazing adventure to another while attending up to three soccer games a week (Go Sheffield Wednesday, Bayer Leverkusen and NEW MEXICO UNITED!  Somos Unidos!), worked as an Archaeologist all over the Southwest and Northwest, and once hitchhiked from Anchorage, Alaska to Portland, Oregon. From my first visit to New Mexico doing archaeology near Fence Lake, New Mexico, I fell in love with the culture, people, ruins, and, of course, green chile-laden food. I spent years returning to New Mexico and working on every project that needed an extra shovel bum from academic archaeology to working with Pueblos finding and photographing petroglyphs before they are vandalized with the help of a grant from National Geographic… and falling even more deeply in love with the people and food of New Mexico.  After a motor vehicle accident that took me just under five years to relearn to walk made me rethink my prior career as a hard hiking survey archaeologist and a man who could dig a perfectly squared up three-meter long, one meter wide, and 4-meter deep trench in the desert, I decided I needed a career change. University of New Mexico School of Law was the perfect fit… as I needed my New Mexico True Green chile fix. So now, I even grow my own chiles as I have always loved gardening and on great harvest years I even offer my variety of Big Jims, Hatch, Sandias, NuMex Suave, and endless other chiles and tomatoes to clients. On the less productive years, sorry, I am keeping these beauties for myself!

Meet Darin

Darin Kyle McDougall is a graduate of the New Mexico School of Law. He began his legal career as a Public Defender, where he honed his negotiation and trial skills in hundreds of criminal cases and developed effective case management systems and trial techniques. After his time as a Public Defender, Darin continued to represent criminal defendants throughout the state of New Mexico in cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to cases where the defendant faced over 30 years of incarceration.

Darin also has expertise in the area of divorce and family law, where he combines real-world experience with a strong commitment to his clients and a high level of legal skill to provide outstanding results in his cases. Darin handles cases statewide in the area of divorce and family law, including divorce, custody, property, and retirement division, and handles a full range of cases from simple, uncontested matters to complex divorces.

As a compassionate mediator, Darin works with parties that are willing to try to divorce without long fights in the courtroom. Darin works on the hardest family law cases, helping his clients navigate safely removing themselves from homes with domestic violence, protecting children against abuse, or being the shield for clients who are falsely accused.  Darin works diligently for his clients seeking or defending themselves in matters of Domestic Violence Orders of Protection, often called Restraining Orders.

Darin is deeply connected to the legal community in New Mexico, with a large network of judges, attorneys, and court staff with whom he has developed strong working relationships. Darin is also community service-oriented and is a former Director on the board of the New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, where he worked on programs for first responders, and law students, and organized Constitution Day where judges and attorneys spend a day teaching 5th-grade students about our Constitution.

If you’re in need of a top-rated attorney in Albuquerque, reach out to Darin using the contact form.

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