Daniel Yohalem


Mr. Yohalem has been an attorney for over 45 years, the last 32 of which have been in New Mexico.  He is currently in private practice, focusing on first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment, and class action cases for plaintiffs, particularly in the areas of equal pay for women, whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation claims.

Mr. Yohalem joined the Center’s groundbreaking education litigation in 2017, serving as co-counsel on Yazzie vs. State of New Mexico since that time. He has also co-counseled other important litigation with the Center on public benefits and wage theft.

Mr. Yohalem has been awarded the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award (2006) as Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, and the Cooperating Attorney of the Year (2002) by the ACLU of New Mexico. He is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers of the Southwest.

J.D. with honors from Columbia University Law School in 1973.

B.A. from Yale University in 1970.