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Stephen S. Shanor


Stephen S. Shanor is a partner in the Roswell, New Mexico office of Hinkle Shanor LLP. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1993. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Shanor served as law clerk to the Judges of the Fifth Judicial District Court of New Mexico.

Mr. Shanor practices in the areas of labor and employment law, including Title VII, disability and retaliation claims, municipal liability, general tort liability and tort defense, water law and school law. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Supreme Court. Mr. Shanor has been a member of Southwest Super Lawyers since 2013.  Southwest Super Lawyers consists of a limited group of New Mexico lawyers which is comprised of only 5% of the top lawyers in the State.   

Mr. Shanor served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Disciplinary Board from 2012 through 2016 and served as Chairman of the Board for the New Mexico Disciplinary Board in 2014 and 2015.  He was President of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2010 and served as District 6 Representative to the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of New Mexico from 2004 through 2011 holding the positions of Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, and President Elect. Mr. Shanor is a member of the Chaves County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  He is past President of the Eddy County Bar Association, serving as President in 1995, 1996, and 1998 and is a former Quadrant 4 Representative to the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of New Mexico. Stephen S. Shanor has been a member of the Fee Arbitration Committee of the State Bar of New Mexico since 2004.

Mr. Shanor is an active member of the Roswell community. He serves on the Alumni Board of Wittenberg University and on the Executive Board of the Conquistador Council for the BSA.  Mr. Shanor has served as a Board Member for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra and as Yearly Campaign Chair for the Professionals Division of the United Way of Chaves County.  He is active in youth activities having served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 149, as Cub Master for Pack 25 of the Rio Hondo District, Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America and he has served and on the Board of Noon Optimist Little League Baseball.


Areas of Practice


Professional Experience

Past Employment Positions

  • Judges of the Fifth Judicial District Court of New Mexico, Law Clerk

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010 – 2012

  • Best Lawyers 2014 – Commercial Litigation

  • Best Lawyers 2014 – Litigation – Labor and Employment



  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado

    • J.D. – 1993

  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

    • B.A. – 1990


Professional Associations and Memberships

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico

  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Assocations and Memberships

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Member

  • Chaves County Bar Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Member

Stephen S. Shanor
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