Mary Ann R. Burmester
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Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A.
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Mary Ann has practiced law in New Mexico for over 24 years, in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She joined Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A. in June 2011 the first and largest firm in New Mexico dedicatedexclusively to divorce and family law matters. Mary Ann is trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the International, New Mexico, and Albuquerque collaborative practice groups. She serves as a Mediator and Settlement Facilitator, as well as represents clients in traditional litigation.

With her Masters in Gerontology, she enjoys working with clients going through divorce "in the golden years" and helping grandparents raising grandchildren.

Prior to her current position, she was the Deputy Litigation Director, Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator, and Managing Attorney (Las Vegas office) of New Mexico Legal Aid. Before that, she served as the Managing Attorney of the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program (LREP) and the Director of the Public Legal Services Department of the State Bar of New Mexico, during which time she earned her M.A. in Gerontology. From 1997-2005, she had her own firm, Baker-Randall Associates, which served family law clients throughout the state.

Mary Ann earned a Dual B.A. at Rice University in 1984; her J.D. at Washington Lee University School of Law in 1987; and a M.A. in Gerontology at Webster University in 2007. She serves on the Boards of the State Bar of New Mexico's Family Law Section and Elder Law Section, regularly speaks at CLEs and professional trainings, and served as an Adjunct Professor at UNM Law School in spring 2012.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Divorce Family Law
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Supreme Court of New Mexico - Board of Legal Specialization, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1989
  • Texas, 1988


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Webster University, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • M.A. - 2007
    • Major: Gerontology
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: Political Science and French

Published Works

  • "Developing Trends in Non-Parent Custody and Visitation Cases", American Bar Association's GP Solo Magazine, Oct/Nov, 2001
  • "Dividing Federal Employee Retirement Benefits for Divorcing Spouses", American Bar Association's GPSolo Magazine, July/August, 2000
  • "Custody and Timesharing", Bridges Magazine, June/July, 2000
  • "The Parental Relationship After The Divorce: Communicating and Cooperating With Your Ex-Spouse", Parenting New Mexico Magazine, June, 2000
  • "Child Support - Facts Myths", Parenting New Mexico Magazine, May, 2000
  • "Custody Timesharing", Parenting New Mexico Magazine, April, 2000
  • "Child Support and Disabled Children", Bridges Magazine, March/April, 2000
  • "Children's Reactions to Divorce - Short and Long Term Effects", Parenting New Mexico Magazine, March, 2000


  • Adjunct Professor, Family Law Drafting, UNM Law School, 2012
  • "The Human Tsunami: How the Baby Boomers Will Impact Legal Services", Equal Access to Justice Conference, Minneapolis, MN , 2008
  • "Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship", National Home Community-Based Services Conference, Albuquerque, NM , 2007
  • Co-Presenter, "Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements: Whats Love Got to Do With It?", State Bar of New Mexico CLE at Sea, 2012
  • "Rule 123 Financial Disclosures and Miscellaneous Judicial Procedures/Preferences", Annual Family Law Retreat, Chicago, IL, 2012
  • Panel Speaker, "Boomer Concerns: The Health Care Gap, Long Term Care, and Financial Concerns Later in Life", Family Law Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 2011
  • QDRO Basics, DNA People's Legal Services Annual Conference, Ganado, AZ, Conducted CLE, 2010
  • Presented CLE on Bankruptcy and Elders, State Bar Annual Convention, Ruidoso, NM, 2007
  • Conducted Training on Elder Abuse, NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Albuquerque, NM, 2007
  • Conducting Training on Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship, Aging Network Training (ANTs), Taos, NM (April), 2007
  • Conducting Training on Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship, Aging Network Training (ANTs), Albuquerque, NM (Nov.), 2007
  • Conducted Trainings on Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship, Ombudsman Training, Santa Fe, NM (Multiple Dates in 2006 and 2007)
  • Conducted Training on Estate Planning 101, NM Retired Educators Conference, Taos, NM (Feb), 2007
  • The Resource Center Training, Santa Fe, NM, Aging Long-Term Services Dept. (Jan.), 2007 - 2008
  • Conducted Training on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
  • Conducted Training on Powers of Attorney, Adult Guardianship and Estate Planning, Conference on Aging, Glorieta, NM (July), 2006

Honors and Awards

  • NM Business Weekly's "Women of Influence" Honoree , 2012
  • NM Aging Long-Term Services Department's "Public Service Award", Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program, 2008
  • Recipient of First Annual NM Business Weekly "40 Under 40" Award, 2000
  • Recipient of First Annual UNM Anderson Schools of Business "Up Comers" Award, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Elder Law Section , Chair-Elect and Member of the Board of Directors, 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Family Law Section, Chair of the Family Law Institute Planning Committee, 2012
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Family Law Section , Member of the Board of Directors, 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Bridge the Gap, 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Member, Committee on Women and the Legal Profession
  • New Mexico Women's Bar Association, Past President, 2003
  • New Mexico Women's Bar Association, Board Member, 1998 - 2003
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section , Member
  • Collaborative Law, International, New Mexico, and Albuquerque Practice Groups, Member, 2011 - Present
  • Tri-County Family Justice Center, Board of Directors, Domestic Violence Service Provider, 2010 - 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Public Legal Services Department - Albuquerque, NM, Director, 2007 - 2008
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program - Albuquerque, NM, Managing Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Baker-Randall Associates, P.C. - Albuquerque, NM, Founder and Managing Attorney, 1997 - 2005
  • Wolf Fox, P.C. - Albuquerque, NM, Associate Attorney, 1994 - 1997
  • Houston, TX and Albuquerque, NM, Solo Practitioner , 1992 - 1994
  • New Mexico Environment Department - Santa Fe, NM, Assistant General Counsel, 1990 - 1992
  • Gallegos Law Firm - Santa Fe, NM, Associate Attorney, 1989 - 1990
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Dallas, TX, Assistant Regional Counsel, 1988 - 1989
  • Wildman, Harrold, Allen, Dixon Morgan - Houston, TX, Associate Attorney, 1987 - 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • NM 2nd Judicial District Court - Rocket Docket and Divorce Pro Se Clinics volunteer, 2012 - Present
  • NM Volunteer Attorney Pool (VAP) Volunteer, 2011 - Present
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Washington & Lee University
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J.D. - Juris Doctor
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Rice University
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