We believe that justice is possible for every New Mexican. We fight for the underdog. We fight for the people. Our team prides ourselves on experience and compassion. As native New Mexicans we know our state’s legal landscape.

New Mexico's law firm that puts people first.

Workers’ Compensation | Criminal Defense | Cannabis Law
Civil Rights | Economic & Worker Justice
Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death

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Jacob Candelaria, Owner & Managing Attorney

Jacob Candelaria, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, grew up in the vibrant South Broadway community of San Jose. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 2009. Following his passion for law, Jacob attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2016.

Driven by his passion for justice and advocacy, Jacob founded Candelaria Law LLC in 2019 to serve the legal needs of his fellow New Mexicans. His dedication to public service also led him to represent the Westside of Albuquerque in the New Mexico State Senate from 2013 to 2022, and to serve as the president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association

Jacob’s legal achievements include the landmark case of Candelaria v Lujan Grisham, affirming that the Legislature, and not the Governor, has authority to appropriate federal funds. His journey is a testament to resilience, determination, and unwavering advocacy for justice and equality in his community and beyond.

Devrim Tiryaki, Law Clerk

Devrim Tiryaki is a proud first-generation New Mexican and Turkish-American. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Devrim’s journey led him to the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science.

After graduation in 2018, Devrim immersed himself in state policy and community engagement as a lead staffer in both chambers of the New Mexico State Legislature. His direct collaboration with legislators honed Devrim’s skills and deepened his understanding of the legal and political landscape in New Mexico.

With a passion for advocacy and a dedication to serving his community, Devrim continues his legal education at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Devrim is excited to continue his career with Candelaria Law LLC in the state he calls home.

Thersa Vigil, Case Manager

With a distinguished career spanning 49 years in the medical field, Theresa Vigil has served in various capacities including Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and Licensed Practical Nurse, holding numerous certifications. Additionally, for over three decades, Theresa has excelled as a Multi-line, Multi-state Claims Adjuster, specializing in New Mexico Workers Compensation for the past 13 years.

Outside of her professional life, she is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is passionate about helping others, consistently demonstrating kindness, empathy, and compassion in her interactions. In her leisure time, she enjoys fishing, glass work, reading, and traveling, embracing a life full of personal and professional fulfillment.

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