Kris Bogardus


“Kristina Bogardus is an experienced and respected medical malpractice attorney in New Mexico.”

In 1987, 10 years after graduating from college and years of working in the medical field, Kris decided to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law. She graduated and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1991, and both the U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1993.

After graduating, she clerked for an appellate judge, then began her practice in a small firm dedicated to representing injured people, especially those injured by medical malpractice.  She has continued that focus throughout her entire career.

“I like my clients and derive tremendous satisfaction from helping them resolve legal disputes expeditiously, efficiently and with sensitivity to their concerns. When someone calls me or comes by my office, I sit down and listen carefully to exactly what happened.  The litigation process is scary for people who just wanted help with a medical issue – they never expected that they would have to contact a lawyer,” Kris explains. “Understanding and emphasizing the details of each case, and how these details relate to the law, allows me to take legal action with confidence.”

Kris is past president of  the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, former Chair of the Supreme Court’s Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, is  a member of the New Mexico Civil Law Commission, has worked as a Special Master, mediator, arbitrator, guardian ad litem, and has served as a hearing officer for the New Mexico Disciplinary Board.    Kris has been deemed qualified to serve on the Court of Appeals by the bi-partisan Judicial Nominating Commission.

“The people I represent have taught me how to deal with adversity, and how to make the most of an extremely difficult situation. I know I can fix things to the extent that the law can. But the most rewarding part of my job is helping good people move on from bad problems,” she says.

Education: attended Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (1973-74); graduated from Miami University (B.A., 1977) (internship in Medical Technology, MT (ASCP) 1978); University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1991). Phi Kappa Phi; Order of the Coif. Lead Articles Editor, Natural Resources Journal, 1990-1991.

Employment: Law Clerk to Hon. Pamela B. Minzner, New Mexico Court of Appeals, 1991-1992; Associate with Terry M. Word, P.C. 1992-2002; partner, Word & Bogardus, P. C. 2002 – 2007; Bogardus & Scott, Attorneys at Law, P. C. 2007 – present.

Professional Associations: Member: State Bar of New Mexico; Association of Attorneys for Justice (AAJ); New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member and Past Editor-in-Chief, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Journal (2005-2010), Amicus Committee Member 2008 to present; Verle Payne Inns of Court (1993-1994).

Special Agencies: New Mexico Medical Review Commission (1993- present); Hearing officer, New Mexico Disciplinary Board (2009 to present); Rules of Civil Procedure Committee (current chair) (2009 to present); Rules of Evidence Committee Member (2002-2007); Lawyer Advertising Committee (approx. 1995-1996); New Mexico State Bench and Bar Committee (approx. 1993-1994).

Reported Cases: Romero v. Byers, 117 N.M. 422, 872 P.2d 840 (1994); Baca v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Ry. Corp., 1996-NMCA-054, 121 N.M. 734, 918 P.2d 13; Backman v. United States, 153 F.3d 726 (10th Cir. 1998); Gov’t Employees Ins. Co. v. Welch, 2004-NMSC-014, 135 N.M. 452, 90 P.3d 471.

Community: Board Member, University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Association (2008 -2011); Boy Scout Troop 29 secretary (2010 – present); Driver, equipment manager, support staff, snack provider, medic, trainer, sympathetic ear, and huge fan to my children’s extracurricular activities (1980 to present).

Kris’ personal interests include reading, cooking, cycling, hiking, skiing, collecting Navajo folk art and watching college football.

Kris & Bob have four children and one grand-daughter. They also have two dogs, a rat terrier mix rescue and an old, grumpy dachshund.