David Walther’s 60 years in the law

David Walther’s 60 years in the law

June 18th, 2021, Santa Fe, NM -This month marks WBMH Law’s David Walther’s 60th anniversary in the law. While the longevity is news in itself (David is one of the longest serving lawyers in New Mexico), the content of his career is more interesting. It began well: David was first in his class at Wisconsin’s prestigious Marquette University School of Law in Wisconsin.

Post-graduation, David served as a clerk at the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, then began working on the many civil rights cases in Milwaukee that had arisen out of the rampant housing and school segregation of the era. David was involved in the work of the noted civil rights activist, Father James Groppi and in the cases emanating from the riots in the summer of 1967. In addition, he successfully blocked an interstate freeway from running along Milwaukee’s fabled lake front park, a park that was considered the jewel of the Milwaukee during 70 years of Socialist administrations.

A life-long Democrat, David ran for Mayor of Milwaukee in 1968 as an anti-war candidate and championing school and housing integration.  Although he survived a five-candidate primary election, he lost to the incumbent mayor, who continued to serve as Milwaukee mayor for a total of 28 years. After that, David and his brother Stephen Walther created a magazine for amateur astronomers, Astronomy Magazine, which survived Stephen’s death in 1977 and continues to be published in Milwaukee.

By the time David moved to New Mexico in 1985, he already had over 50 reported cases and 2 articles cited by the United States Supreme Court. Once in New Mexico, he was one of eight lawyers chosen by the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers to create The Bounds of Advocacy – a work that remains the standard for ethical behavior in the practice of Family Law. He also participated in the creation of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to the top 100 Divorce lawyers in the United States. He remains a member of its executive committee.

As partner or sole owner of several law firms in the state, David’s work has created employment for many New Mexicans – from office personnel to paralegals to other lawyers, many of whom he personally mentored.  But David’s contributions to the law also had a more personal component: He is the father of six, four of whom are now lawyers, and two years ago, he attended his grandson’s admission to the Wisconsin Bar. Continuing the family tradition, David now also has a granddaughter in law school. 

After 60 years, David’s enduring respect for the law continues and he can still be found at his desk on Marcy Street, practicing the profession he has loved since his second day of law school.

About WBMH Law:
WBMH Law, is an industry-leading divorce firm specializing in complex family law cases in which financial or geographic considerations require the highest level of competence.

WBMH serves New Mexico and out-of-state clients from offices located at 123 E. Marcy Street, Suite 205, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, contact Amber Macias-Mayo at 505-795-7117.

Sarah Bennett selected as New Mexico  ULC Commissioner

Sarah Bennett selected as New Mexico ULC Commissioner

February 4th, 2021: Walther Bennett Mayo Honeycutt P.C. is proud to announce that Sarah Bennett has been selected to serve as a commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). New Mexico ULC commissioners are appointed by the governor.

The ULC is a non-partisan group with volunteer commissioners appointed from every state. The organization is tasked with researching, drafting, and proposing laws on subjects for which uniformity across states is necessary or useful. Since its founding in 1892, the ULC has helped to enact interstate acts to improve such diverse areas of the law as commerce, family and domestic relations, real estate transactions, trusts and estates, and alternate dispute resolution.

Ms. Bennett will be joining twelve other notable New Mexican commissioners. Although all commissioners must be lawyers, the majority of New Mexico’s commissions are now active as judges, state senators, and state representatives. As the sole actively practicing lawyer focused on family law, Ms. Bennett’s voice will be an important one: the commission is very active in the creation of uniform laws that impact families. In the past, the ULC has focused legislative attention on statutes including the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act and the Uniform Collaborative Law Rules.

Ms. Bennett previously served on the NM Domestic Relations Rules Committee, a committee tasked with evaluating proposed rules relating to domestic relations in New Mexico and making recommendations to the New Mexico Supreme Court concerning their adoption. During her tenure on this committee, she was instrumental in conforming the Uniform Rule to local procedures and obtaining its adoption by the Supreme Court in New Mexico.

Ms. Bennett continues in her role of partner at Walther Bennett Mayo Honeycutt P.C. where, along with her WBMH partners, she focuses on complex family law cases. WBMH serves New Mexico and out-of-state clients from offices located at 123 E. Marcy Street, Suite 205, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For more information, please visit www.wbmhlaw.com or contact Amber Macias-Mayo at 505-795-7117.

Sarah Bennett, David Walther,Michael Golden, Amber Macias Mayo & Morgan Honeycutt all recognized by Best Lawyers® for the 2021 awards year

Sarah Bennett, David Walther,Michael Golden, Amber Macias Mayo & Morgan Honeycutt all recognized by Best Lawyers® for the 2021 awards year

August 21st 2020: In a first for a large Santa Fe law firm, every senior lawyer at WBMH Law has been recognized by Best Lawyers.

2021 is already a banner year for family law firm WBMH Law. This award year, in a first for a large Santa Fe law firm, every senior lawyer at the firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers®. Awards are only part of the WBMH Law story, though: WBMH is also a major Santa Fe business success.

Built from the merger of David Walther Law and two family law lawyers from Rothstein Donatelli in 2017, WBMH Law has cultivated a reputation for handling the most complex family law cases, in-state and across state lines. WBMH Law’s early dedication and concentration on highly complex cases was a risky strategy, but one that the firm credits for its rapid growth. WBMH Law has succeeded beyond its founders’ expectations, and awards and recognitions keep coming in.

In the last decade, the lawyers who form WBMH Law have taken home the honor of being named Santa Fe Family Lawyer of the Year an amazing six times. This year, it is Sarah Bennett’s third time being so honored. David Walther and Of Counsel attorney Michael Golden have also been chosen as Santa Fe Family Lawyer of the Year multiple times during their careers and were named Best Lawyers again for 2021. But the awards this year are particularly satisfying: While the senior lawyers at the firm have been perennially honored, this year the lawyers of WBMH’s team are emerging as powerhouses in their own right. Morgan Honeycutt and Amber Maçias-Mayo both were named Best Lawyers Ones to Watch, an honor reserved for lawyers practicing in family law for less than 10 years.

Building the largest Santa Fe law firm dedicated exclusively to family law was a major accomplishment. For WBMH Law, the awards are a satisfying cherry on the cake.

WBMH serves New Mexico and out-of-state clients from offices located at 123 E. Marcy Street, Suite 205, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please visit www.wbmhlaw.com or contact Amber Macias-Mayo at 505-795-7117.

Michael Golden named Best Lawyers® 2020 Santa Fe Family Lawyer of theYear

Michael Golden named Best Lawyers® 2020 Santa Fe Family Lawyer of theYear

August 15th 2020: For the second time in four years, Michael Golden has been chosen as Best Santa Fe Family Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. This honor marks the fifth time since 2012 that a WBMH attorney has been recognized as being at the top of the field.

The honor is particularly satisfying, since it is based on peer review. Best Lawyers uses a process designed to capture the consensus opinion of local lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues. To be named Lawyer of the Year means Golden’s professional colleagues rated him highest overall for a family lawyer in Santa Fe.

Golden has been practicing family law for over 40 years, 31 of which were as partner at Moore & Golden. His career has spanned all aspects of family law, but Golden’s preferred work is in alternative dispute resolution. Golden joined WBMH in 2016, of counsel, to continue this work in financially complex cases. Along with his WBMH colleagues, Golden focuses on family law cases in which financial or geographic complexities require the highest level of family law competence.

Golden and WBMH partners David Walther and Sarah Bennett were also selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America, a distinction all three have earned year after year.

WBMH serves New Mexico and out-of-state clients from offices located at 123 E. Marcy Street, Suite 205, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please visit www.wbmhlaw.com or contact Amber Macias-Mayo at 505-795-7117.

 

Three Generations of Walther Lawyers

Three Generations of Walther Lawyers

May 20th, 2019 On a very proud day for David Walther, Walther’s grandson, Curtis, is shown at left taking the Attorney’s Oath. After graduating from David’s alma mater, Marquette University Law School, Curtis took his oath in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hearing Room. David, his son Christopher, and his daughter-in-law Karla (all standing at right in the photo) acted as movants.  Christopher, David’s other son, Mark, and David’s daughters, Gretchen and Jennifer, are also practicing attorneys.