“Whether acting as a counselor or litigator, it is important for me to develop a connection with clients. I want my clients to understand the process we will go through, to feel confident that I understand their needs and that I will do my best to represent their interests effectively.”
Ruth O. Pregenzer is Of Counsel with the law firm of Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating. Ruth is admitted to practice law in New Mexico State Courts, U. S. District Court of New Mexico, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ruth has been litigating cases in New Mexico for 31 years, handling complex litigation in both criminal and civil matters and has tried many cases to juries and judges in state and federal courts. For the past 11 years she has focused her practice on probate & trust litigation, and contested guardianships & conservatorships. In addition to litigation, the law practice of the firm concentrates on taxation, estate planning, probate, disability & long term care planning, elder law, business succession & business consulting, and family law.
In 2017 Ruth stopped accepting new clients and became the program director of the State Bar of New Mexico’s new legal incubator program, Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering (ECL). ECL provides a sheltered environment for new lawyers who are passionate about opening solo practices to serve the legal needs of moderate means New Mexicans who cannot qualify for government-funded legal services.
Ruth graduated from the University of New Mexico in English and Philosophy Summa Cum Laude in 1982. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with her Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude in 1986. While in law school, she was awarded the Jerrold W. Walden Memorial Award, Honors in the Clinical Law Program, and was initiated into the Order of the Coif. She earned an LLM from Yale University in 1990. Ruth has a public interest background, having worked in both the State and Federal public defender offices. She was a clinical fellow in the clinical law program at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and an adjunct professor at the UNM law school teaching evidence and trial practice.
From 2001 to 2003, at the request of Federal District Judge Parker, Ruth served as Chairperson of the Committee on Admissions and Grievances for the U. S. District Court of New Mexico. She has served on the boards of the Senior Citizens’ Law Office and Equal Access to Justice. Ruth is a fifth generation New Mexican.