Daniel Apodaca



A graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, Apodaca’s legal practice covers several areas, including insurance and commercial litigation, employment law, criminal defense, and governmental affairs. Prior to joining SaucedoChavez, P.C., as an associate, he served as an assistant public defender in Albuquerque, where he conducted more than 25 trials, serving as first chair for the majority of those cases. 

Over the course of his legal education and work with the Public Defender’s Office, Apodaca gained extensive expertise in several areas, including business law and trusts and in estate planning while accumulating many hours of invaluable live courtroom experience. He also demonstrates an appreciation for the unique circumstances of each client and strives to help navigate his clients through the complexities of their circumstances, while helping them understand the legal process behind their cases. 

As a young attorney, Apodaca brings experience in both civil litigation and criminal law to the table. This broad legal background makes him uniquely qualified to represent our clients in several areas covering both civil and criminal court cases. 

Education and bar admissions

  • JD, University of New Mexico School of Law, 2014, cum laude 
  • BA, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, 2011, magna cum laude 
  • Admitted, State Bar of New Mexico 

Practice areas

  • Insurance law 
  • Commercial litigation 
  • Employment law 
  • Criminal defense 
  • Governmental affairs 


  • Member, 2012-2013, ABA National Moot Court Team 

Getting to know Daniel

Daniel is passionate about mentoring young people. He referees basketball at the high school and middle school levels throughout the state. Daniel spends as much time as possible outdoors with his friends and family. His hobbies include camping and fishing, and rooting for his beloved Chicago Cubs. He and his wife also stay busy looking after their menagerie of five dogs and cats.