The Firm

"For the last thirty-eight years in the practice of law, my goal has been to develop and maintain long-term client relationships based on close cooperation, meaningful communication, and commitment to my client's cause. I also have sought to remain courteous and professional in my interactions both with my opponents and the parties they represent, always keeping in mind that our legal system should work fairly and efficiently to achieve positive results. Going forward, I will continue to be committed to these objectives and concerns in providing quality legal services to the firm's clients."

William J. Arland III

William J. Arland III

William J. Arland III
Tel: 1.505.995.4774
Fax: 1.505.955.0769

State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Colorado
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
United States District Court for the District of Colorado

State Bar of New Mexico
Colorado Bar Association
First Judicial District (NM) Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Litigation and Bankruptcy Divisions

Martindale-Hubbell A/V rating
Best Lawyers in America
Southwest Super Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D. 1979)
University of Notre Dame (M.B.A. 1974)
University of Colorado (B.A. 1966)

Professional Experience
Mr. Arland practices in the areas of lender liability defense, business litigation, mediation, and bankruptcy proceedings. He represents clients in complex commercial cases particularly document and data intensive cases, bankruptcies, corporate law matters, real estate transactions, and commercial transactions. He frequently represents financial institutions in these matters, particularly in the defense of lender liability claims and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Arland frequently serves as a mediator in complex commercial matters.

Mr. Arland has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business, Robert O. Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, and an Adjunct Professor of Law, Paralegal Program, University of Albuquerque, as well as participating in numerous seminars as a speaker and panel member.

He has argued before the United States Supreme Court, Barnhill v. Johnson, 503 U.S. 393 (1992).

Governmental and Charitable Appointments
Past Chair, New Mexico Fee Arbitration Committee, (1988-2006)

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Each member of the firm is committed to exploring and evaluating opportunities to resolve disputes by means other than traditional litigation. Using the mediation process can be a cost effective and efficient way of resolving many disputes. In addition, Mr. Arland has served as a mediator and arbitrator in a significant number of commercial disputes over the past twenty years.

Banking Law

The firm has represented national, regional, and community banks, bank holding companies, financial services companies, and institutional, business, and individual lenders in every aspect of banking and lending practice. The firm has advised and represented many banks on issues involving special assets, foreclosures, forbearance agreements, lender liability defense, secured transactions, and creditors’ rights.

Real Estate Transactions

The firm represents both buyers and sellers of commercial property, ranches and property to be developed for residential and commercial uses. The firm also provides advice to landlords and tenants under commercial lease agreements.


Arland & Associates, LLC

Post Office Box 1089 (87504)
810 Calle Mejia, Suite 101
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Tel: 1.505.955.0770
Fax: 1.505.955.0769

Santa Fe:  1.505.955.0770