Alicia C. Lopez

Albuquerque Office


  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation

Alicia's practice focuses on criminal defense and plaintiff's-side civil rights cases and particularly on federal appeals.  Her work emphasizes persuasive storytelling and lucid analysis of constitutional law to assist clients at every stage of litigation.  Since joining the firm in 2014, she has worked on civil rights cases involving sexual abuse by school actors, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, inmate access to medical care, wrongful death, and defamation; criminal cases involving grand jury, white collar, human trafficking, sexual abuse, and narcotics law; petitions for post-conviction habeas relief; and actions under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Prior to joining Rothstein Donatelli, Alicia worked as a litigation associate at a leading Delaware firm, where she authored briefs in complex intellectual property disputes for major corporate clients.  She has served as a judicial clerk to three federal judges: the Honorable Judith C. Herrera (2012-2014) and the Honorable Martha Vazquez (2011-2012) of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the Honorable Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (2007-2009).

Alicia is a 2007 graduate of the Yale Law School.  Her clinical experience includes successfully representing asylum seekers from Guinea, Rwanda, and Colombia; obtaining a rare grant of asylum for a child seeking asylum alone; winning dismissal of an unlawful reentry indictment brought against a Haitian refugee removed following a drug conviction; and representing indigent clients in antidiscrimination and domestic relations cases.

Alicia also has both a B.A. with Highest Honors and an M.A. in English from Stanford University, where she received the Andrew Smith Memorial Essay Prize for her master's thesis, the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts for her honors thesis, and the Gordon A. Craig Prize in History.

She is admitted in New Mexico and Arizona.


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2007
  • Stanford University, M.A., English, 2001
  • Stanford University, B.A., Highest Honors, English, 2001 


  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico


  • American Association for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Police Accountibility Project
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association