Meet Our Attorneys

Joshua Jimenez

Vern Payne

Joshua Joe Jimenez is a native New Mexican, who was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He attended school and graduated from Rio Grande High School.  He then attended the University of New Mexico before later graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.  Mr. Jimenez graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law in 2010 and was licensed as a member of the New Mexico Bar that same year.

Mr. Jimenez has spent his entire career in New Mexico’s Magistrate and District courts, practicing in front of many judges from Bernalillo, Sandoval, Cibola, and Valencia counties.


Mr. Jimenez began his career at the Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney’s office prosecuting many DWI cases.  He knows the very intricate details of what the State needs to do to prove a DWI charge.  He likewise knows and understands what the State needs to do to prove any crime.  In addition to DWI cases he has prosecuted all types of cases: Domestic Violence, Embezzlement, Fraud, Possession of Controlled Substances, Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, and Firearms by Felons, Possession of Stolen Vehicles, Possession of Stolen Property, Residential and Commercial Burglaries, Larceny, Manslaughter, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Murder (Depraved Mind/Deliberate Intent/Felony Murder), and many more.  He secured multiple jury convictions for that District and was eventually named the Deputy in charge of Valencia County. He was named the prosecutor of the year for that District in 2014.


In the Second Judicial District, Mr. Jimenez secured multiple jury convictions while working in the Major Crimes Division before stepping away to start Payne and Jimenez, P.C.


Outside of the law, Josh married Krystle after they met while attending Brigham Young University.  They have three beautiful children.  Josh spends his free time attending their sporting activities, dance recitals and going to church activities.

Vern Payne obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1964 and was admitted to practice law in New Mexico more than 55 years ago.  He also obtained a Master of Laws degree in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1982.  

 Vern has represented thousands of clients through his years of practice including many individuals as well as corporations, banks, schools, construction companies, the State of New Mexico, counties, municipalities and other entities in all types of legal needs.   During his years in law, he has served as a District Court Judge, a Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  With his vast experience in most areas of the law, Vern has worked on tens of thousands of cases in various areas of the law.

As a respected lecturer at 4 different law schools, he spoke about trial practice and judicial matters and taught at the National College for Trial Judges and legal classes for a number of Indian tribal courts.   Additionally, he has served on the Board of Visitors as an adviser for two different law schools.

A pioneer in in introducing technology into courts in the United States and internationally, Vern consulted for the World Bank and U.S.A.I.D. as well as for a private computer software company in South America, Central America and Australia and a number of states.

Vern and his wife Yerda are parents of 8 children,  grandparents of 33 grandchildren and they have a growing number of great-great grandchildren.  He and his wife served as unpaid volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for three years  as Mission president in the Canary Islands of Spain, and for three years as President and Matron of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple.