Matthew Benavides, Attorney
Attorney Matthew Benavides is part of the Litigation Team at Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business. He then graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law. While in law school, he was selected to be a participant in the Center for Legal and Social Justice Clinical Program which provides representation to underrepresented clients and organizations.
After becoming licensed to practice law in New Mexico, he worked for the State of New Mexico representing juveniles in many criminal matters in District Court. While there he was appointed to the Youth Advisory Council for Children’s Court. During his time practicing law in San Antonio, he provided pro-bono representation to Catholic Charities and the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) through his firm. Cases included successfully acquiring U-Visa and Unaccompanied Minor Statuses. As an Assistant District Attorney with the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Sandoval County, New Mexico, he prosecuted felony cases in District Court and misdemeanor cases in Magistrate Court. He was a member of the Sandoval County Drug Court Advisory Council, Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, and the Sandoval County DWI Task Force Advisory Council. As a Contract Attorney for the New Mexico Public Defender Department he handled cases in District and Magistrate Court in Lea County, New Mexico. He was then employed as a Petroleum Landman in Midland, Texas, in which he drafted research based work product for oil and gas companies who were engaged in lease and royalty acquisition in the Permian Basin. He then became an Assistant District Attorney in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. While there he was a trial attorney in the General Crimes Division prosecuting felony cases in District Court.
Mr. Benavides is admitted to the bar of New Mexico, as well as the US Court in the Western District of Texas.