Joseph Cervantes, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was raised farming near La Mesa in southern Dona Ana County. Cervantes graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1979, and the University of New Mexico with a B.A. degree in architecture in 1983. In 1985, Cervantes received a Master in Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University. He was licensed as an architect by the State of California in 1987 and became an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1991, Cervantes received a J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law where he was a member of the UNM Law Review, and National Moot Court and Mock Trial teams.
After graduating from law school in 1991, Cervantes worked for the Albuquerque law firm Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk, until founding the Cervantes Law Firm in 1995. In 2016, Cervantes joined hands with the El Paso firm Scherr Legate to form Cervantes Scherr Legate Law with a focus on wrongful death and personal injury.
Mr. Cervantes, along with Scherr Legate, tried the historic FedEx case, which resulted in a $165 million judgment, the largest verdict in New Mexico history and the largest motor vehicle verdict in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Law Journal.
Cervantes is a member of the New Mexico State Bar, the ABA Litigation Section, and a former member of the Inn of Courts. Cervantes serves as a New Mexico State Senator and a Commissioner for New Mexico on the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).
Cervantes and his wife, author Jennifer Cervantes, are the parents of three daughters, Alex, Bella, and Jules and reside in Dona Ana County.
James F. Scherr
James F. Scherr born El Paso, Texas; admitted to bar, 1976, Texas. Preparatory education: University of Texas, Austin (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974); legal education: University of Houston (J.D., 1975). Fraternity: Order of Barons, El Paso Estate Planning Council. American Public Works Association, 1977-82. City Council, El Paso, 1977-83. Chairman, Architectural/Engineering Selection Committee, El Paso, Texas, 1977-83. Director, Admissions Committee, State of Texas, District 17, 1983. Director, City Employees Pension Board, 1977-83. Delegate, El Paso Democratic County Convention, 1978; 1980. Board, Local Government Energy Policy Advisory Committee to Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy, 1979-81. Chairman, El Paso Division, Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1979. Outstanding Young Man of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1979. Director, West Texas Council of Governments, 1979-83. Presidential Citation for Energy Efficiency, 1980. Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, TENRAC, 1980. Member: El Paso and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining member). Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Employment, Business and Real Estate Law. Mr. Scherr has tried over 200 jury trials in Texas and New Mexico.
Sam J. Legate
Sam J. Legate was born in Austin, Texas, 1961. He has been designated a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sam J. Legate handles a wide variety of cases, including Labor and Employment, personal injury, product liability, as well as non-subscribers work injuries, and wrongful deaths. Mr. Legate graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1986. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and graduated from Presidio High School in 1979. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma. He is a Member of the El Paso Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors of the El Paso Downtown Board Management District since 1997, Past Member of El Paso County Hospital District 2000-2007, Vice Chair of Board 2003-2007, and Founding Director of El Paso Children’s Hospital 2007 and has been the Chairman of the Board from 2008 to present. Sam has been named to Super Lawyers: 2007 – 2016.
Joseph G. Isaac born El Paso, Texas; admitted to Texas Bar, 2007; admitted to New Mexico Bar, 2008. Preparatory Education: University of Texas at El Paso (B.A. 2004). Legal Education: Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 2007). Fraternity: Order of the Coif (Texas Tech); Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Texas Tech); Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Learned Hand Inn; Texas Young Trial Lawyers Association (2007). Member: State Bar of Texas; State Bar of New Mexico. Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Non-Subscriber Negligence Claims; Products Liability, and Employment Law. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After law school Mr. Isaac decided that he did not want to practice law anywhere but here in El Paso, and that he only wanted to represent and help the good people of this great city. He is happily married to Melissa and together they have two beautiful children. Joseph has been named to Texas Rising Stars: 2013 – 2016.
Maxey Marie Scherr
Maxey Marie Scherr was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Ms. Scherr handles a wide variety of cases including personal injury lawsuits ranging from wrongful death suits, traumatic brain injury cases, 18-wheeler collisions, workplace injuries and products liability cases. Ms. Scherr works on numerous non-profit and political endeavors. She attended Texas Tech School of Law, graduating in 2008, where she received Jurisprudence Awards for her law school performance, was the Philanthropy Chair with the Women’s Caucus, became a licensed Mediator and was awarded an academic scholarship for her work in the area of civil and human rights in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended college at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, graduating in 2005, magna cum laude, obtaining a psychology degree. Ms. Scherr is licensed to practice law in Texas, New Mexico and Illinois. She is a member of numerous bar associations, including the Texas State Bar Association, the El Paso Bar Association and the El Paso Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Scherr has tried numerous jury trials obtaining successful and landmark verdicts. Ms. Scherr enjoys working hard to protect the rights of everyday people. Maxey has been named to Texas Rising Stars: 2016.