George "Dave" Giddens

George "Dave" Giddens

Founder and Managing Shareholder
Principal since 1997
Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone:
505-273-3720
Fax:
505-271-4848
Email:

George “Dave” Giddens is founding shareholder of Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus, P.C. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Dave holds a Bachelor of General Studies, majoring in Personnel Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Dave’s achievements have been recognized throughout the legal community. Most recently, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in two practice areas – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Commercial Litigation. He was also recognized by his peers as the 2018 Albuquerque Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year.” This is his fifth year of recognition by the organization.

Dave was named a Top Rated Lawyer for Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy in 2013, a Southwest Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2012-2017, and, in 2011, was named Best of the Bar/Bankruptcy by New Mexico Business Weekly. He has consistently received the highest rating for professional abilities and ethics (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, a legal rating service, for more than 10 years.

He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute; Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of New Mexico; Independent Community Bankers Association; the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club Rio Grande. Outside of work Dave believes in giving back to the community. To this end, he is active in St. Stephens’ United Methodist Church, where he is the immediate past chair of the Leadership Council, and has chaired the finance ministry and the Capital Funds Campaign. He also enjoys playing golf, biking, watching sports (especially the KU Jayhawks) and cooking.

A New Mexico attorney since 1983, Dave treats his clients with concern, compassion and exceptional legal abilities. During his 35 year career, he has represented secured and unsecured lenders, debtors, trustees, creditors’ committees and receivers in farm and non-farm bankruptcy cases in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, and Delaware. He has also handled real estate and personal property foreclosure matters. Dave is a firm believer in the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so he encourages his lender clients to have him involved before loans are made to make sure that documentation is correct and collateral perfection is achieved.

Areas of Practice

  • Bank Collections
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Collections
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Mediation
  • Bank Foreclosures
  • Construction Law
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Creditor Representation
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Debtor Representation
  • Loan Workouts
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1983
  • New Mexico, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1983

Education

  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Kansas
    • Bachelor of General Studies - 1980
    • Major: Personnel Administration

Published Works

  • The New Article 9, NBI Seminar, August, 2002
  • Do Non-Business Bankruptcies Cost Too Much?, The ABI Bankruptcy Reform Project-National Symposium Series, August 16, 1995
  • Taylor v. Freeland & Kronz and Its Progeny- Is the Bright Line Really So Bright?, Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, June, 1995
  • Successful Judgment Collections in New Mexico, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June, 1997
  • Complying With the Fair Debt Collections Act, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June, 1996
  • Ethical Issues in Representing Debtors and Estates, State Bar of New Mexico, Bankruptcy Law Section, February, 1996
  • Roadmap to the Bankruptcy Code, State Bar of New Mexico, Bankruptcy Law Section, Annual Convention, September, 1998
  • Foreclosure and Repossession, National Business Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2009, 2012-2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer for Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy, 2013
  • Best of the Bar/Bankruptcy by New Mexico Business Weekly, 2011
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Section, State Bar of New Mexico
  • Independent Community Bankers Association
  • Executive Association of Greater Albuquerque

Past Employment Positions

  • Behles-Giddens, P.A., Albuquerque, New Mexico, Shareholder, 1992-October 1997
  • Jennie Deden Behles, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Associate, 1987 - 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, Finance ministry and the Capital Funds Campaign, Chair
  • Rotary Club of Albuquerque