Janet Clow is a New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist practicing primarily in the area of Family Law. She strives to stress the best interests of children and the family while seeking the most equitable result for her client.
Janet is a trained Collaborative Practice Attorney. The goal of Collaborative Law is to help divorcing and separating couples to focus on their most important goals, especially children, throughout the divorce process. The end result is a more efficient, private, targeted, and productive way to resolve disputes. Janet is an experienced collaborative lawyer who prefers to avoid costly Court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Janet is specially trained in Collaborative Law, and she works together with other collaborative lawyers to help their clients design a custom private settlement that makes sense for the entire family without Court intervention. Janet understands the time sensitive and the private nature of family law and is equipped to accommodate her client's needs.
Janet was named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Santa Fe Family Law "Lawyer of the Year". Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year".
Janet began her career as a law clerk for the New Mexico Court of Appeals. After clerking, she became a successful criminal defense attorney at the New Mexico Public Defender's Office. She was promoted to Chief Public Defender in 1983 and oversaw all litigation, and she managed the support and financial aspects of the New Mexico State Public Defender's Office. Janet entered private practice in 1986, litigating numerous complex civil cases before dedicating most of her time to domestic relations matters over 15 years ago. Janet continues to work closely with some of her clients on business and planning matters after their divorces and property settlements become final as well as with the firm's business and estate planning attorneys on certain specialized issues.
In addition to Janet's legal practice she has served, in the past, on the board and as treasurer of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts for many years; on the Committee of the Buckaroo Ball, a local charitable organization that raises money for children at risk; and, as a director of the Vietnam Project which raises money for grass-roots private economic ventures in Vietnam. Janet serves as a "Master of the Bench" in The Oliver Seth Inn of Court for Northern New Mexico where she works as a trial practice teacher. She also serves as a hearing officer for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board regarding ethical complaints brought against lawyers. Janet is recognized in the Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.