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Who We Are


Sommer Karnes is widely acknowledged as having one of the leading Real Estate Law Firms in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Karl H. Sommer and Joseph M. Karnes have worked together for over a decade in Santa Fe, and formed their partnership in 2010. Combined they have over fifty (50) years of legal experience. The firm has earned the reputation of effectively and efficiently helping people identify, assess and solve their legal issues.

Sommer Karnes focuses on real property issues of all types, including land use, zoning, probate, real estate, condominium, business formation and planning, finance, commercial litigation, construction defects litigation, contracts – and related litigation, mediation and arbitration. The firm also handle domestic relations and family law. Our attorneys practice in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies of the state and federal government.

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Practice Areas


Sommer Karnes & Associates, LLP, focuses its practice in areas related to real estate and land use matters, and we handle a variety of other legal matters for our clients – including domestic relations, divorce, and family law. We are available to assist in any of the following areas:

In this practice, we help clients identify the most desirable organizational form, and provide assistance with entity formation and corporate governance issues for corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies and sole proprietorships. We assist clients in dealing with complex employer and employee relationship issues. They also review and assist with trademarks, trade names, licensing, buy and sell agreements, and business contracts of various nature.

We also organize non-profit corporations for those clients desiring to operate in a non-profit arena. We assist in the preparation of obtaining tax exempt status for those clients seeking IRC §501(c)(3) exempt status. We assist with non-profit governance issues as well for existing non-profit corporations.

Our lawyers can help you with: Disability Benefits, FMLA and ERISA, Employee Defense and Workplace Investigations, Employer Interference, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Neutral Third Party Investigations, Personnel Records Correction, Retaliatory Discharge and Whistleblower Protection, Unpaid Wages, Earned Bonuses and other Compensation, Workplace Defamation, Libel, Slander and Invasion of Privacy, Wrongful Termination/Discharge.

The area of law that deals with insurance and insurance carriers. Insurance is coverage by contract whereby for an agreed payment of a premium one party agrees to indemnify or guarantee another against loss by a specified contingency or loss.

The attorneys in this area of practice representation focus on protecting, supporting, and vindicating the business, transactional, and personal interests of our clients. They are experienced in litigating both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ claims in New Mexico’s state and federal courts – at the trial court level and appellate court level. The practice tends to focus on commercial and real estate disputes, as well as the resolution of conflicts involving wills, estates, and trusts. We represent institutional and private clients in residential and commercial foreclosures and lender liability claims, and often represent property owners, developers, and contractors in construction cases. In addition, the firm frequently litigates employment, domestic relations, and tort claims.The attorneys in this area of practice representation focus on protecting, supporting, and vindicating the business, transactional, and personal interests of our clients. They are experienced in litigating both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ claims in New Mexico’s state and federal courts – at the trial court level and appellate court level. The practice tends to focus on commercial and real estate disputes, as well as the resolution of conflicts involving wills, estates, and trusts. We represent institutional and private clients in residential and commercial foreclosures and lender liability claims, and often represent property owners, developers, and contractors in construction cases. In addition, the firm frequently litigates employment, domestic relations, and tort claims.

Sommer Karnes has a great deal of experience in the law related to the comprehensive NM Tax Code. The Code mandates a strict administrative process for these cases, including many deadlines, procedures and specialized rules not found in other areas of litigation.


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