Ricardo brings persistence and sound judgment to his insurance defense litigation practice. His insurance defense practice includes construction defect, personal injury, trucking, premises, professional liability, and bad faith.
Ricardo was born and raised in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. In 2013, he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in both Criminology and Philosophy. He then attended the University of New Mexico School of Law where he earned Dean’s List honors and was recognized for his performance while participating in the clinical law program as he received the Jerrold L. Walden Memorial Award for Social Justice. While in law school, Ricardo was also elected to the editorial board of the New Mexico Law Review and authored a law review article that was selected for publication.
Upon graduating from law school, Ricardo was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar and began his career as a civil defense attorney. Ricardo has represented clients in a spectrum of legal cases including premise liability, auto accident, medical malpractice, trucking, and product liability. He successfully represented public schools, prisons, and insurance companies against claims arising under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act, New Mexico Human Rights Act, New Mexico Tort Claims Act, as well as various Section 1983 civil rights claims. He was recognized for successfully defending a legal malpractice claim based on alleged attorney negligent handling of an oil and gas wrongful death accident. The arbitration panel rendered a verdict that ultimately saved his client over a million dollars. Ricardo also earned a reputation for his problem-solving capabilities after he successfully navigated the acquisition of a right-of-way easement for an oil and gas pipeline company that was tangled up in a legal battle over surface property rights with a BNSF railway crossing. Ricardo has extensive experience taking and defending depositions of lay witnesses, and expert witnesses, and effectively representing clients in mediation and other forms of ADR. These efforts ultimately resulted in favorable settlements for his clients.
In his free time, Ricardo enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, reading, strategic board-games, and watching movies. You can also find Ricardo snowboarding on the mountains in northern New Mexico every now and again.
- University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- University of New Mexico
- Bachelor of Arts, Criminology & Philosophy 2013
- New Mexico, 2017
- U.S. District Court of New Mexico, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of New Mexico
- Albuquerque Bar Association
- New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
- Young Lawyers Division
Articles and Publications
- Ricardo F. Roybal, Note, Let’s Talk About Sex: Defining ‘Sexually Oriented or Sexually Stimulating’ Material in Sex Offender Behavioral Contracts, 46 N.M. L. Rev. 411