Francheska Bardacke

Associate

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” –William Faulkner. Why did Francheska Bardacke become an attorney? Born in New Mexico with two lawyers for parents, Francheska decided early on she wanted to help people. In high school, she was elected senior class president and started projects with Habitat for Humanity, and facilitated other outreach programs from her school. She went to the Dominican Republic to help improve community health in impoverished areas and raise awareness for people in need. She attended the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Worcester College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom: graduating with honors and receiving the award at Oxford for most outstanding student abroad. She participated in collegiate tennis and started performing in theater to better learn to communicate with an audience and hone her presentation skills. She attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where she won a place on the National Mock Trial team: receiving praise and winning a national scholarship to attend legendary Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. At the Trial Lawyers College, Francheska found a convergence of her passion for helping other people, her growing love for trial work, and her fascination with telling people’s stories to increase awareness of universal truths and principles such as honesty, compassion, and justice in the face of inequality, disenfranchisement, subjugation, and greed.

She went on to act and learn the art of telling people’s stories from different times, cultures, and walks of life: gaining membership into the Screen Actors Guild. She then returned to the practice of law, realizing the profound effect a good, honest lawyer could have for the victims of injustice, people in need, in her community, and the long-reaching ripple effects created by good, courageous, hard work. Francheska learned many different areas of the law and made her way back into the courtroom working for the District Attorney’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, she was awarded the Good Samaritan Award by the Albuquerque Mayor in 2017 for her role in creating the organization “Love Your Neighbor” which partnered law enforcement with attorneys to aid and assist members of the community impacted by crime. She also successfully tried over 50 criminal trials, 30 of which were jury trials.

In 2018 she was a Co-faculty member for the course “Taking and Defending Depositions” at UNM law school. She is experienced in complex civil and commercial litigation as well as business, corporate, and partnership law, insurance law, employment law, civil rights law, and land use. Most recently, she worked for a prominent trial attorney doing personal injury work and re-discovered her love for giving a voice to injured clients. She conducted dozens of depositions, prepared for civil trials and obtained settlements for multiple clients including helping to negotiate a multi-million dollar settlement in a wrongful death trucking case. She is a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice and is licensed to practice law in federal court. She looks forward to continuing to help clients obtain the justice they deserve in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases and is honored, over a decade later, to return to the Spence Firm as a trial lawyer. In her free time, she loves fly-fishing, spending time outdoors and with her little terrier Toto, and continues to play competitive tennis.

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