Gary J. Van Luchene

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Gary J. Van Luchene

Gary Van Luchene’s practice is primarily comprised of litigation with an emphasis on complex tort litigation, complex commercial litigation, and class actions. His experience includes defending toxic tort claims and a variety of personal injury claims.

Gary’s commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in cases involving complex insurance, healthcare and banking issues. He has defended wrongful termination employment cases involving multiple plaintiffs. He has extensive experience defending against class actions, including defending putative class claims alleging wrongful banking practices, civil rights violations and denial of healthcare benefits.

Gary is of record in two reported New Mexico Court of Appeals opinions involving class action issues. He holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for New Mexico
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit


  • Arizona State University, B.S., (1986)
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., cum laude, (1993)
    • Executive Lead Articles Editor, California Western Law Review, (1992-1993)
  • Law clerk to Honorable Howard D. McKibben U.S. District Judge, District of Nevada 1995-1996
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Phyllis Halsey Atkins, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Nevada, 1993-1995
  • Defense Research Institute (Committee on Toxic Torts and Environmental Law)
  • Member of the CLM Alliance
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers® list in the following areas:
    • Commercial Litigation (2014)
    • Civil Litigation: Defense (2016 – 2023)
    • Business Litigation (2016 – 2023)
    • Insurance Coverage (2016 – 2023)
    • Personal Injury – General: Defense (2016 – 2023)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the following areas:
    • Commercial Litigation (2015 – 2023)
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2015 – 2023)
    • Products Liability Litigation – Defendants (2015 – 2023)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as “Lawyer of the Year” in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2017)