VICTOR TITUS

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1981

  • May – Graduated University of Missouri Law School
  • October – Admitted to New Mexico Bar

1982

  • June – First Published Court of Appeals decision ( Personal Injury Case )
  • July – Becomes partner in Faurot & Titus Law Firm in Farmington, New Mexico

1983

  • Attends National College of Advocacy and Nation Institute for Trial Advocacy

1984

  • April 28 – Marries Deborah Carpenter
  • First published Court of Appeals decision ( Worker’s Compensation Case )
  • December – Given County Bar Distinguished Service Award

1985

  • June – Named County Bar President
  • Leaves Faurot & Titus to open solo law practice

1986

  • March 10 – Daughter Jacquelynn born in Farmington, New Mexico
  • July – Becomes a member of Board of Directors of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers

1987

  • July- First criminal Jury Trial – ( Acquittal )

1988

  • May – First Seminar Presentation on Worker’s Compensation Law

1989

  • March – Hires Curtis Gurley as Associate

1990

  • Named Editor – New Mexico Trial Lawyers Journal
  • Important published Decision Court of Appeals on Alimony Case
  • Tenth Jury Trial

1991

  • July- Forms Titus & Gurley Law Firm
  • July – First published article on Worker’s Compensation Law

1992

  • August – Hires Steven Murphy as Associate
  • Becomes Contrast Public Defender on 4 year contract
  • Church’s v. Hansen – Important Court of Appeals decision in Workers Compensation Law

1993

  • April – 20th Jury Trial
  • June – Curtis Gurley leaves Titus & Gurley
  • July – Named President of New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
  • August – Forms Titus & Murphy Law Firm

1994

  • April 4 – Monica Dunn dies of shot gun blast
  • April 30 – Husband Paul Dunn charged with Murder
  • December 12 – Dunn acquitted after 10 day Jury trial in Gallup, New Mexico
  • December 31 – Dunn trial named top story of the year in Farmington,  New Mexico

1995

  • March – Named to Best Lawyers in America for First Time; one of only two in Farmington ever so honored
  • April – 30th Jury Trial
  • August – Graduates from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
  • September – Becomes Board Recognized Specialist – Worker’s Comp
  • Featured in book “Grave Accusations” and court TV Forensic Files Episode “Within Arms Reach” both on Paul Dunn Trial

1996

  • July – Named in Who’s Who in American Law for the first time 
  • September – Becomes Board Recognized Specialist – Criminal Law

1997

  • June – Starts 5 year term on State Bar Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • August – Graduates National College for DUI defense at Harvard University

1998

  • April – 40th Jury Trial: Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Auto Accident Chiropractic Case in San Juan County history
  • September – Becomes Life Member – National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Reported Court of Appeals decision on Polygraph Evidence to Grand Jury

1999

  • First Reported Appellate Case in Colorado (lender liability)

2000

  • June – Named Best Lawyer in San Juan County by Daily Times Readers Poll
  • July – 50th Jury Trial

2001

  • April – Given AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell – their highest rating for law firms
  • Elected San Juan County Democratic Party Chair

2002

  • 6 Jury Trials tried to verdict; numbers 54-59

2003

  • April – 60th Jury Trial

2004

  • February – Largest Auto Accident Jury Verdict in San Juan County History $1.5 million awarded against City of Farmington Police Department
  • November – Unsuccessful candidate for County Commission

2005

  • November – 25th Seminar Teaching Presentation ( Ethics/Professionalism)
  • Important Supreme Court decision on prior bad acts evidence in criminal trial

2006

  • June – Named to Board of Directors – New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers

2007

  • November – 70th Jury Trial – 25th Personal injury Jury Trial
  • Named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New Mexico by American Trial Lawyers Association

2008

  • 50th Criminal Jury Trial

2009 

  • Named in Southwest Super Lawyers – Worker’s Comp

2010

  • November – 80th Jury Trial
  • 35th Seminar Presentation
  • Named US News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms

2011

  • Titus & Murphy named Best Law Firm in San Juan County by Daily times Readers Poll
  • 83rd Jury Trial
  • Total Jury Trial days exceeds 35 weeks
  • Named to Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Mexico for fifth straight year
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America 2011 ( 16th year )

2012

  • Published History of San Juan County Bench & Bar
  • Titus & Murphy selected Best Law Firm in San Juan County
  • National Law Journal Top Lawyer in New Mexico
  • Named Who’s Who in American Law for 15th Straight Year

2013

  • Selected to American College of Trial Lawyers; Limited to 1% of Lawyers in State, less than 50 in New Mexico
  • Lawyer of the Year in New Mexico for Worker’s Compensation Claims as Selected by Best Lawyers in New Mexico
  • Appellate decision in Hawkins v. McDonalds changes law in termination of Workers Comp Claim

2014

  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10

2015

  • 40th Appellate decision – Maez v. Riley allowed use of medical marijuana to be reimbursed from Work Comp Insurer
  • Best Lawyer in America – 20th Straight Year

2016

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Amicus Award for Dedication to Advancement of the Law
  • Workers Compensation Lawyers Top 25 American Trial Lawyers Association

2017

  • 84th Jury Trial Charters v. Geico verdict for 4 times policy limits
  • American Society of Legal Associates Top 100 Litigation Lawyer
  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers top 25
  • Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 – 10th Year
  • Titus & Murphy Best Law Firms in New Mexico
  • Lawyer of Distinction Top 10% in USA – Civil Litigation

2018

  • Who’s Who Top Lawyer
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney 10 Best
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Pre Eminent; Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Americans Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement