About Mark

Personal History

Mr. Klecan was born in Kansas City, Missouri but has lived in Albuquerque,  New Mexico since the early 1950s. Mr. Klecan and his wife raised two  daughters who are currently pursuing careers in Oregon and Washington.  Mr. Klecan continues in the tradition of a family of prominent lawyers.¬  His father, Eugene Klecan, was an extremely successful trial attorney  who obtained, in 1968, the first million dollar verdict in New Mexico in representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice claim.¬  His brother John Klecan is a highly-rated insurance defense attorney with the law  firm of Renaud, Cook, Drury & Mesaros in Phoenix, Arizona.¬  Mark‚Ä™s  sister, Janet Santillanes, is a very successful plaintiff‚Ä™s attorney in  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Educational Background

Mr. Klecan graduated from Holy Cross Abbey School in Canon City, Colorado,  attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from  the University of New Mexico in 1972 with degrees in speech and  psychology.¬  Mark‚Ä™s law degree, (Juris Doctor) was obtained from the  University of New Mexico School of Law in 1976.

Admission to Practice

Mr. Klecan was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New Mexico  in 1976, the State of Washington in 2011, the United States District  Court for the District of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado and the United States Supreme Court.

Peer Review Rating and Organizational Membership

By way of peer review rating, Mr. Klecan has received the highest  Martindale-Hubbell rating as an AV lawyer.¬  This rating is described in  the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings in these terms: ‚ÄúAV  Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the  fact that a lawyer‚Ä™s peers rank him or her at the highest level of  professional excellence.‚Ä̬  The Martindale-Hubbell rating system covers  both legal ability and ethical standards.¬ ¬  Mark is also one of less  than fifty (50) New Mexico attorneys who are currently Fellows of the  American College of Trial Lawyers.¬  For information on this prestigious  organization, please feel free to visit the web-site actl.com.¬   Additionally, Mr. Klecan is a member of the Defense Research Institute  and has served, for many years, as a hearing officer for the  Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico.

Seminar Speaker

Mr. Klecan has frequently served as one of the top rated speakers at legal  seminars on topics involving trial tactics in personal injury  litigation, the arbitration of uninsured motorist claims, ethical  considerations for trial lawyers, the use and over-use of expert  witnesses, trying the automobile injury case, proving and disputing  damages in personal injury litigation¬  as well as numerous other topics  involving the litigation, arbitration and mediation of personal injury,  wrongful death and insurance claims.