One of Albuquerque’s biggest law firms has named a new president.
Sutin, Thayer & Browne has named Benjamin E. Thomas its new president and CEO. It’s the firm’s first change at the top in 18 years. Jay D. Rosenblum, president and CEO since 2000, will become the firm’s chairman of the board of directors, according to a release.
Thomas, 40, joined Sutin, Thayer & Browne in 2003. The leadership change took effect at the beginning of the year.
“I look forward to the opportunity and the challenge,” Thomas said in a statement. “Thankfully, Jay is just a couple offices away from me. He has done such a great job of setting our firm on the path of success for the future. We have a great leadership team here, and I’m eager to work with all of them.”
Thomas grew up in Santa Fe, graduating from Capital High School in the mid-1990s, then attending Vanderbilt University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1999. He then went on to Boston University, where he earned his law degree in 2003 and a master’s degree in international relations in 2004, according to the firm.
Thomas practices primarily in employment and banking and financial law in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He also is a legal instructor for the Western States School of Banking. He is active on the boards of directors of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque and Storehouse New Mexico.
“Ben is the right person, and this is the right time," Rosenblum, 61, said in a release. "Our firm is in excellent shape, and it’s wonderful to have such a great transition.”
Rosenblum said he looks forward to focusing full time on his corporate and estate law practice and spending more time making music with The Curio Cowboys, a retro-Western-swing dance band. He has been with Sutin, Thayer & Browne since graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1982.
Sutin, Thayer & Browne is No. 5 on Business First’s New Mexico’s Largest Law Firms List with 30 lawyers on staff.
The annual mean salary for a lawyer in New Mexico is $97,100, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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