Alan M. Varela
Alan M. Varela is a licensed attorney with thirty years of legal and executive
experience providing strategic advice to individuals, Fortune 100 companies,
governmental entities, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Varela attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he
prosecuted criminal cases as a student in the law school’s Clinical
Program, thus learning the ins and outs of how a criminal case is prosecuted
and successfully defended; and, upon graduation from law school, Mr. Varela
received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and the prestigious
Moise Award for Outstanding Aptitude in Legal and Judicial Ethics. Mr.
Varela began his legal career as a corporate defense attorney with an
Albuquerque law firm representing physicians, hospitals, employers, and
insurance companies. He later opened and led the Varela Law Offices where
he primarily represented plaintiff’s in major personal injury cases.
Mr. Varela was appointed by the Governor to serve as the Director of the
New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration, and also served
as the elected President of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, as
well as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association for the United States.
Mr. Varela is currently Chairman of the Board of
Quality New Mexico, the state’s premier organization providing organizational development
training pursuant to the Baldrige framework for performance excellence.
Mr. Varela been recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of ‘The
100 Most Influential Hispanic leaders’ in the USA. Mr. Varela’s
legal practice includes representing individuals and families who have
suffered catastrophic injuries and/or wrongful death, defending individuals
facing criminal charges, representing construction contractors in licensing
cases, and representing property owners in disputes with construction
contractors. Mr. Varela also represents people in the horse racing industry
in matters involving the New Mexico Racing Commission.
In addition to serving Of Counsel as a licensed attorney with the Romero
Law Firm, Mr. Varela is President/CEO of Strategic Advantage Group LLC,
an entity that develops and deploys legislative strategies for its clients,
conducts result-oriented strategic planning, and provides effective dispute
resolution services. Clients gain a unique insight that arises from an
astute legal and practical analysis of the current condition that is then
utilized to identify productive paths and solutions for reaching desired
legislative and regulatory outcomes. Mr. Varela has twice served in high
level government executive posts where his appointment was confirmed unanimously
by the State Senate; his inside perspective gives him a unique understanding
of the hidden aspects and the most ethical and effective levers of the
legislative process. Whatever your industry or whether your matter is
isolated to a single issue or more comprehensive in scope, Mr. Varela
and the Strategic Advantage Group will assist you with pre-legislative
strategizing, interim committee advocacy, and legislative advocacy at
all levels of complexity.