Going Solo: John W. Day Opens Private Law Practice

Criminal Defense Attorney John W. Day during an interview Friday in his new office in downtown Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE — After 20 years of representing clients in Los Alamos as a member of larger firms, attorney John W. Day has decided to go solo and open his own practice, John Day Law Office, LLC.

Day sat down with the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday afternoon to talk about his decision.

“The model of large law firms with big overhead expenses is changing,” Day said. “Opening my own practice allows me to keep the overhead low, and when necessary, I will contract out for additional lawyers or paralegals. I can provide much more efficient and cost effective client services that way.”

Day explained that he has been practicing law in Los Alamos for more than 20 years.

“I have a lot of understanding of what makes Los Alamos such a unique and wonderful community,” he said. “I am pleased to be able to branch out on my own and continue to service existing and new clients in Los Alamos and throughout the state.”

Day specializes in the areas of criminal defense including white collar defense, all felonies and misdemeanors, and national security clearance matters; civil litigation including serious injury and wrongful death cases; and government misconduct/civil rights cases.

He also provides personalized legal representation to families and institutions with special legal problems and crisis situations, both here and abroad. Day represents high-wealth families in New Mexico as well with a unique set of problem-solving tools to protect and grow their assets. 

Day is a graduate of Harvard and the University of New Mexico, practices criminal defense, civil litigation, and government misconduct and civil rights cases. He also reports as a legal analyst on KOAT Action 7 News regularly, commenting on high profile legal cases throughout the state of New Mexico.

He explains that his previous careers as deputy district attorney in northern New Mexico and an award-winning investigative reporter covering political corruption in the Southern United States have served him well in the field of law. Prior to opening John Day Law, Day was a partner at Egolf + Ferlic + Day and before that in one of Santa Fe’s oldest and largest law firms.

Day has developed a reputation for being a compassionate, dedicated and vigilant attorney who prepares compelling and powerful legal defenses.

“I especially love working with clients in Los Alamos … it’s such a unique community and it makes the business of law really interesting,” he said.

Day’s family began cattle ranching in New Mexico in the 19th century, and founded the (now-ghost) town of Dayton, N.M., in Eddy County. He graduated from Harvard University in 1985 with a degree in history, focusing on New Mexico’s past, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 1995. 

John Day Law Office, LLC is open for business at 505 Cerrillos Road, Suite A205, in downtown Santa Fe. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 505.780.8326, email Day at jday@johndaylaw.com or visit johndaylaw.com.