★ About The Team
Family law is very difficult because of the emotional tension. Our goal is to relieve as much of that burden as possible by navigating through the complex legal system. Our team of lawyers, case managers, and staff is experienced and ready to help you and guide you in custody, divorce, and child support. You deserve Justice!
We don’t just represent you in your case, but we fight for you and your family. We pride ourselves on making the family law process simple for you. Our mission is to give our clients hope for their future.
Amanda Navarro received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico where she majored in English and Philosophy. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law where she graduated with a Juris Doctorate. She has experience working in the Bernalillo Court District Attorney’s Office and her strong litigation skills make her a strong leader for our team. Amanda leads a team of skilled, talented, and competent attorneys who take a team approach to meeting your goals and needs. Amanda joined the firm in 2010 when it was still known as Standridge Law Firm. With a dedication to the firm’s vision and an advocacy for New Mexico families, Amanda continued to sharpen her legal knowledge and skills and was added as a partner in 2012. As Amanda has continued to see professional success, she has undertaken more leadership both in and out of the courtroom. Amanda serves in multiple capacities in the community, including nonprofit board service with Teen Challenge. Amanda currently serves as the managing partner of the firm and is dedicated to leading the firm as New Mexico’s premier family law firm. Amanda is also licensed before the San Felipe Tribal Court. Amanda is an avid reader and a community service volunteer. She enjoys philosophy, attending her children’s athletic events, exercise, and a good glass of wine.
Anthony Griego graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2007 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Mr. Griego was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar in 2011. Prior to joining the Justice Legal Group, he practiced as an Assistant District Attorney in Bernalillo, Cibola and Sandoval Counties. Anthony is also licensed before the San Felipe Tribal Court. Mr. Griego worked for the violent crimes division in Sandoval County where he gained extensive first chair trial experience prosecuting complex felony cases including various homicide cases. During his time with the Justice Legal Group, Mr. Griego has handled complex divorce, custody and child support cases. After dedicated service to the firm, Anthony was selected to join as a partner in the practice in 2021. Anthony uses his extensive litigation skills to protect those that he represents. In his spare time Mr. Griego enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and participating in Jiu Jitsu, and hanging out with his two dogs Kobe and Luna.
David Standridge graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996 cum laude. He started the Standridge Law Firm in 1997 and practiced extensively throughout New Mexico. In 2013 David changed the name of the firm from Standridge Law Firm to Justice Legal Group. Dedicated to seeing justice for New Mexico’s families, David handled complex family law litigation for over 25 years. He has several published legal opinions that have helped shaped the landscape of New Mexico family law. David has published several articles in the New Mexico law review, served on various boards and participated in numerous community events pertaining to the protection of families and constitutional rights. David enjoys outdoor activities and time with his family. David’s vision is for Justice Legal Group to be a shelter of protection for families that are faced with challenging legal issues.
Jessica M. Hess is an attorney with Justice Legal Group, where her main areas of practice include domestic relations law, children’s law and criminal defense law. Said areas of law include Divorce, Child Support, Paternity, Post Decree proceedings, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Kinship Guardianships, Child Custody and Visitation including Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, Uniform Interstate Child Support Act, Guardian adLitem, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Legal Separations, Wills, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoptions, Domestic Violence pursuant to the Family Violence Protection Act and New Mexico Criminal Law, and Driving While Intoxicated and other related matters.
Ms. Hess was born and raised in Northern New Mexico and is bilingual with Spanish as her second language. She is a member of and in good-standing of the Albuquerque Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association and the American Bar Association, as well as the Bar Association of the United States District Court. Ms. Hess is a University of New Mexico alumni. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Business in 1996. Thereafter, Ms. Hess earned her Masters of Business of Administration with a focus on finance and accounting in 1998. In 1999, Ms. Hess attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree and served as an active member of the Mexican American Law School Association (MALSA).
Ms. Hess was the recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award for the Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012. Ms. Hess was also the two time recipient of the prestigious Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) in 2014 and 2020. In 2015, Ms. Hess was recognized nationally as one of the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Attorneys by American Institute of Family Attorneys. Ms. Hess was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for America’s Top 100 Attorneys in 2017. Ms. Hess has been Court appointed to serve as a Settlement Facilitator as part of the Second Judicial District Court’s Year-Round Settlement Facilitation Program. She also volunteers as a Mentor for the Children’s Court Adult/Youth Mentor Program. Ms. Hess’ practice includes various counties throughout the State of New Mexico.
Loni J. Hodge
Loni J. Hodge is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, but she now calls New Mexico home. Ms. Hodge earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2006. After returning home and practicing law in Tennessee for a couple of years, Ms. Hodge moved to New Mexico and joined the state Public Defender Department. After Ms. Hodge left the Public Defender’s Office, she spent several years in private practice as well as federal and state government working in a variety of areas including but not limited to family law, Social Security Disability Benefits, public benefits, employment law, foreclosures, and criminal defense. Ms. Hodge’s experience includes several jury and bench trials, having completed four jury trials in 2022 alone. Just prior to joining Justice Legal Group in August 2022, Ms. Hodge once again served our community as an Assistant Public Defender in the Albuquerque Felony Division.
Outside of work, Ms. Hodge is a member of the historically Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a longstanding community service and social action organization. Ms. Hodge is also a cooking enthusiast, postcard collector, amateur mixologist, and the proud owner of an adorable chi-weenie (chihuahua/dachshund mix) named Gigi.
Gabrielle A. Trejo
Gabrielle A. Trejo is originally from Long Island, New York. In 2017 she graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. She then went on to attend Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island which she graduated from in 2020. While in law school, Ms. Trejo was the president, of the Federalist Society as well as a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Ms. Trejo was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2022. Ms. Trejo’s areas of practice focus on complex custody and child support litigation.
Our office utilizes paralegals to assist in the handling of your case. Throughout the years we have found that families need access to information at every level and every stage of the process. To accomplish, we have dedicated paralegals who are in charge of ensuring that you get the answers that you need. Paralegals work closely with you to ensure that your questions are answered, that the court receives evidence and that each case will flow smoothly and effortlessly through our process. What sets us apart from other law firms is the dedication of our paralegals in helping your legal journey be as effortless as possible. Our paralegals receive ongoing training to make sure that you get a quick and speedy resolution to your questions and case.
In addition to having your attorney and paralegal work on your case the rest of our friendly, service oriented staff will work on other aspects of your case. We have various staff members who are in charge of communicating through email to setting up files to following up on mail sent to the courts. It is our honor to work with you at ensuring that your case is handled in a professional and competent manner. Our goal is to provide help at every step of the way and to help you get the result you deserve.
When taking on any new case, the first step is getting to know you. This helps to establish a genuine connection, forms a long-standing relationship, and initiates a foundation of trust. For these reasons, we believe that it’s equally as important for you to get to know us!
In a series of pictures and text, you’ll learn all about Justice Legal Group and how we’ve come to be New Mexico’s leading family law firm. From our founding and history to our team of lawyers, you’ll discover what sets us apart from other law firms, and why we’re the right choice for your family.
Additionally, you’ll learn about our current processes, why we’ve chosen to put them into practice, and ultimately, why they’re integral to the success of your case.
At the end, we hope it’s evident why Justice Legal Group has been trusted by clients for over 25 years. If you’re ready to pursue a family law case, we hope you too will trust in the demonstrated expertise of our unmatched legal team.
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