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Jerry Archuleta was born in New Mexico and was raised in California. He earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is in the process of obtaining his PhD in Psychology from Capella University.


Mr. Archuleta’s legal career as an attorney began at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and was assigned to the state’s busiest court, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. He prosecuted several misdemeanor offenses to include driving while intoxicated, domestic violence, reckless driving, animal cruelty, shoplifting and harassment.


After spending three years as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Archuleta became an Administrative Law Judge for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, where he conducted investigations on alleged policy and procedure violations by the inmates. He also conducted hearings, completed investigations and determined guilt or innocence of the inmates and then made recommendations for sanctions.

Jerry Archuleta

Susan Patten

Susan Patten was born and raised in the Midwest. She earned her law degree from Washburn School of Law in 1999 and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.


Ms. Patten joined Governor Bill Graves’ administration after law school, where she worked in business development, utilizing her legal education lobbying for various business interests. She moved into higher education working for both Penn State University and St. John’s College. During her tenure in higher education, Ms. Patten worked with private donors and their estate planning goals in support of education. 


Ms. Patten decided to return to the legal field after a very successful career in education and joined Archuleta Romaine Law Firm in 2020.

Les Romaine

Les Romaine is a native New Mexican from Albuquerque. He earned his law degree from the UNM School of Law in 2011 and he holds a B.A. in Criminology from the University of New Mexico.


Mr. Romaine’s legal career began at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where he developed extensive trial experience in a criminal setting. He began his career in the Metropolitan Court, the state’s busiest court, located in Bernalillo County. Mr. Romaine handled a wide range of misdemeanor offenses to include DWI, domestic violence, animal cruelty, reckless driving, filing a false police report,harassment, shoplifting, assault, battery and unlawful possession of a deadly weapon.


He then moved up to a felony division initially handling a wide several types of property offense to include possession of a controlled substance, auto burglary, commercial burglary, shoplifting, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, robbery, larceny, theft of identity, unlawful use of a credit card, robbery, drug trafficking and aggravated burglary.


Mr. Romaine was then promoted to a serious violent felony division and handled cases to include armed robbery, domestic violence, voluntary manslaughter, second degree murder and capital murder.

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