Theresa M. Duncan, Of Counsel
Teri has been practicing law since 2000, when she graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. After clerking for Judge Lynn Pickard of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Teri joined the Appellate Division of the New Mexico Public Defender Department, where she practiced before the Court of Appeals and the New Mexico Supreme Court. In 2003, Teri joined the defense team for Terry Lynn Nichols, who faced the death penalty for his alleged role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Mr. Nichols was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment. Upon her return to New Mexico in 2004, Teri joined the law firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander et al., eventually becoming a partner in that firm. Teri left the firm in 2012 to start her own practice.
Teri practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights. She has represented clients charged with a variety of criminal offenses, from misdemeanor crimes to capital murder. Her civil rights practice includes lawsuits against law enforcement for the use of excessive force and other constitutional violations, as well as litigation on behalf of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. In 2014, Teri was included in Super Lawyers magazine in the area of criminal defense.
In addition to her legal practice, Teri is co-author of two treatises on criminal law: Wharton’s Criminal Evidence and Wharton’s Criminal Procedure. She is a frequent presenter on criminal defense issues at continuing education programs in New Mexico and other parts of the country. Teri is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New Mexico, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas and the Southern District of Indiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.