Attorney Phil Dabney, owner of Philip J. Dabney, P.C./Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Attorney Phil Dabney, owner of Philip J. Dabney, P.C., has announced that the law firm is moving from its current location to new offices at 1505 15th Street, Suite C, where The Family Council used to be located.
“We’re primarily moving because the landlord, Columbus Capital, LLC, plans to use the building for something different – a daycare facility. So we’ve negotiated an exit from the space as of June 30 and have been packing and getting ready to move,” Dabney said.
During an interview with the Los Alamos Reporter, Dabney said while the negotiations on the move were underway, he received a resume from a young woman who grew up in Los Alamos and is now licensed to practice law.
LAHS alumna Liz Dinkel has joined the Philip J. Dabney, PC. Courtesy photo
“Her name is Liz Dinkel, and she has accepted a job with us. Her parents are CPA James Dinkel and his wife, Robin who have spent more than 30 years in this town,” Dabney said. “So now I have two young attorneys working for me that grew up here and want to stay and continue to practice here. It’s unique to have a law practice that will continue on after I’m gone.”
Dinkel has a BA in English from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Wyoming. She played rugby in high school and college and is an avid hiker. She has two dogs.
Attorney Paul Geisik on his recent wedding day in June. Courtesy photo
Dabney also discussed local attorney Paul Geisik who joined the firm in January 2021 and passed his bar exam during COVID. He said Geisik asked to come to work for him, having clerked for him during his first and second years of law school.
Geisik earned his undergraduate degree in government at New Mexico State University and his law degree at the University of New Mexico. He is a car enthusiast and in his free time, he likes to work on cars and drive them!
“I like weird old cars, and I’ve imported an old Subaru Vivio Bistro out of Japan. I’m waiting on a Mitsuoka Galue to arrive later this year. I also love BMWs and still own my old Z3 from high school,” Geisik said.
“Paul is a great young attorney. He’s bright, he’s a great writer and he’s learning a great deal. And he just got married to his high-school sweetheart Laura Nesmith!,” Dabney said. “So two young attorneys whose families are here, are going to stay up here and practice.
Attorney Bill Snowden/Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
Also sharing office space with Dabney is attorney William H. “Bill” Snowden, who focuses primarily on criminal defense work. Snowden fell in love with criminal law during his first year in law school and particularly likes being in the courtroom, especially in trial. He also does prosecutorial and defense work for other jurisdictions in addition to representing defendants throughout the First Judicial District. His experience includes several years with the Office of the Public Defender. Snowden also does some civil work. He and Dabney have worked together with multiple cases and clients.
Attorney Tim Bullock practices part-time at the Dabney office. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
Local attorney Tim Bullock, also practices part-time with the firm although not an employee. He is licensed in both New Mexico and Colorado.
Dabney noted that there is certainly a demand for lawyers in the community to help out in multiple situations including estate planning.
“We have the same types of issues up here as in any community such as divorce with all the associated issues, adoptions, dealing with Child and Family Services. We do all that and there’s a need for lawyers to do that. If there were no lawyers in Los Alamos County people would have to go down to Santa Fe where they often have to pay a great deal of money for an attorney and pay it up front,” he said.
He said it is important to have lawyers here in town.
“There have been lawyers here for all the time this town has been in existence. I took over Reid Griffith’s practice after I was here for five years working with him as a general practitioner, so I do a little bit of everything. Reid had multiple lawyers working for him,” Dabney said.
He added that there are some other attorneys practicing in town but that his firm is the only full-service office in the county. The firm’s services include:
- Family Law;
- Criminal Law;
- Commercial Disputes;
- Neighbor Disputes;
- Construction Disputes;
- Power of Attorney;
- Probate Proceedings; and
- Loss of Security Clearances
For more information or to make an appointment, call (505) 662-3911.