The Firm

"For the last thirty-one years in the practice of law, my goal has been to develop and maintain long-term client relationships based on close cooperation, meaningful communication, and commitment to my client's cause. I also have sought to remain courteous and professional in my interactions both with my opponents and the parties they represent, always keeping in mind that our legal system should work fairly and efficiently to achieve positive results. Going forward, I will continue to be committed to these objectives and concerns in providing quality legal services to the firm's clients."

William J. Arland III

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Each member of the firm is committed to exploring and evaluating opportunities to resolve disputes by means other than traditional litigation. Using the mediation process can be a cost effective and efficient way of resolving many disputes. In addition, Mr. Arland has served as a mediator and arbitrator in a significant number of commercial disputes over the past twenty years.

Bankruptcy Appellate Practice

The firm represents clients in bankruptcy appeals before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Arland has represented many clients before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Arland has argued to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Barnhill v Johnson, 503 U.S. 393 (1992).

Banking Law

The firm’s attorneys have represented national, regional, and community banks, bank holding companies, financial services companies, and institutional, business, and individual lenders in every aspect of banking and lending practice. Our firm has advised and represented many banks on issues involving special assets, foreclosures, forbearance agreements, lender liability defense, secured transactions, and creditors’ rights.

Business Bankruptcy

The firm’s attorneys represent debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings involving local, regional, and national businesses. We have represented individuals, as well as banks, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and educational institutions, and we are sensitive and responsive to the needs and situations of each client who entrusts us with his or her work.

Commercial Litigation

Our firm’s litigators have significant experience representing clients in a broad range of commercial and business related disputes, especially in the areas of complex contract litigation, intentional and negligent misrepresentation or fraud claims, collection of accounts receivable and loans, securities litigation, foreclosure, secured creditor representation in and outside bankruptcy, and real estate transactions. The firm's attorneys have a wealth of litigation experience. Our senior litigator has been trying cases for 30 years and has been involved in some of the most significant commercial disputes in New Mexico. Attorneys in our firm are routinely involved in litigation in New Mexico's thirteen district courts, in the district courts of southern Colorado, and in the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and West Texas.

Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

Our real estate lawyers represent both buyers and sellers of commercial property, ranches and property to be developed for residential and commercial uses. The firm also provides advice to landlords and tenants under commercial lease agreements.

Insurance Litigation

The firm has a coverage opinion and coverage and bad faith litigation practice in representing leading insurers, and on the side of policyholders in disputes inside and outside the litigation context, involving commercial general liability, product liability, policyholder bankruptcy, food contamination, surety and other policy forms. This balanced practice creates unique insight into the dynamics of a particular coverage dispute.

Our History

The attorneys of Arland & Associates, LLC have more than sixty years combined experience in the state and federal courts of New Mexico and Colorado in complex commercial litigation, trials, arbitration proceedings, other alternative dispute resolution procedures, and appeals, including appearing before the United States Supreme Court. The firm’s attorneys offer their clients highly individualized, focused advice and representation regarding business and financial disputes in order to avoid litigation whenever possible. Arland & Associates, LLC prides itself on providing rational, reasonable, bold, and intelligent representation to assist its clients in avoiding problems before they occur and in mitigating and solving problems once they arise.

Attorney Profiles

William Joseph Arland III

William J. Arland III

William J. Arland III
Tel: 1.505.995.4774
Fax: 1.505.955.0769

State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Colorado
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
United States District Court for the District of Colorado

State Bar of New Mexico
Colorado Bar Association
First Judicial District (NM) Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Litigation and Bankruptcy Divisions

Martindale-Hubbell A/V rating
Best Lawyers in America
Southwest Super Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D. 1979)
University of Notre Dame (M.B.A. 1974)
University of Colorado (B.A. 1966)

Professional Experience
Mr. Arland practices in the areas of lender liability defense, business litigation, mediation, and bankruptcy proceedings. He represents clients in complex commercial cases particularly document and data intensive cases, bankruptcies, corporate law matters, real estate transactions, and commercial transactions. He frequently represents financial institutions in these matters, particularly in the defense of lender liability claims and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Arland frequently serves as a mediator in complex commercial matters.

Mr. Arland has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business, Robert O. Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, and an Adjunct Professor of Law, Paralegal Program, University of Albuquerque, as well as participating in numerous seminars as a speaker and panel member.

He has argued before the United States Supreme Court, Barnhill v. Johnson, 503 U.S. 393 (1992).

Governmental and Charitable Appointments
Past Chair, New Mexico Fee Arbitration Committee, (1988-2006)


Arland & Associates, LLC

Post Office Box 1089 (87504)
810 Calle Mejia, Suite 101
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel: 1.505.955.0770
Fax: 1.505.955.0769

201 Third Street NW, Suite 500
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tel: 1.505.338.4057
Fax: 1.505.212.4150

Santa Fe:  1.505.955.0770      Albuquerque:  1.505.338.4057