Jaime R. Kennedy

Jaime R. Kennedy

Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Jaime R. Kennedy, a partner in the Santa Fe office of Hinkle Shanor LLP, routinely handles employment-related matters, including drafting employee handbooks and agreements, advice regarding personnel matters, administrative claims involving federal and state agencies, litigation, and appeals in federal and state courts.  Ms. Kennedy also has extensive experience handling appeals in a wide range of civil cases, including employment, medical malpractice, commericial law, insurance, and premises liability.

Ms. Kennedy graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006.  Following law school, Ms. Kennedy clerked for the Honorable Lynn Pickard of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  Since then, Ms. Kennedy has represented private and public clients at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels in both New Mexico and California, and is presently licensed to practice in both states.    

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2006
  • California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 2006
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, Lexis Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship
    • Law Review: New Mexico Law Review, Manuscript Editor
  • Boston University
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Meaning of "Overtime": Parties to CBA Not Bound by Statutorily-Defined Terms, California Employment Law Letter, February 10, 2014
  • "Confusing Patchwork" Makes Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable, California Employment Law Letter, August 12, 2013
  • Avoid the Appearance of Bias in Disciplinary Proceedings, California Employment Law Letter, May 13, 2013

Representative Cases

  • Sunnyland Farms, Inc. v. Central New Mexico Elec. Coop., Inc., 2013-NMSC-017, 301 P.3d 387
  • TW Telecom of New Mexico, L.L.C. v. New Mexico Pub. Reg. Comm’n, 2011-NMSC-029, 256 P.3d 24
  • McNeill v. Rice Engineering & Operating, Inc., 2010-NMSC-015, 229 P.3d 489
  • American National Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Cleveland, 2013-NMCA-013, 293 P.3d 954
  • Grassie v. Roswell Hosp. Corp., 2011-NMCA-024, 258 P.3d 1075