Rikki-Lee Chavez


Rikki-Lee joined Gallagher and Kennedy first as a contractor in October 2016, and then as a full time associate in January 2017.  Prior to joining the firm, Rikki-Lee had a private practice in her hometown in Northern New Mexico.  Rikki-Lee’s private practice allowed her to gain experience in government affairs, business management, estate and trust planning, and land and water disputes.  Rikki-Lee also gained experience representing licensed professionals before disciplinary boards in New Mexico, and representing indigent clients in the criminal justice system through a contract with the Law Office of the Public Defender of New Mexico.

Rikki-Lee’s practice with Gallagher & Kennedy is predominately focused in the areas of government affairs and environmental and natural resources law, regulatory and administrative law, and litigation.  She is versed in legislative committee proceedings and has obtained information regarding proposed legislation important to multiple clients’ interests, collaborated with organization members and state legislators to encourage legislative reform, and educated legislators about positive reform in the areas of health care, criminal justice, energy, utilities, oil and gas, tax, and the environment.

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  • University of New Mexico
    J.D., 2014
  • University of New Mexico
    B.A., 2010