Matthew Vance was born and raised in the Land of Enchantment, spending his childhood and adolescence in Santa Fe before receiving his undergraduate degree at NM State University, and settling in Albuquerque after completing his Juris Doctorate at UNM School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Matt couldn’t fathom leaving the home and community he knew and loved. In 2003, he married his wife and fellow attorney Lisa Schatz-Vance and the young couple began their family here in the Rio Grande Valley.

I grew up here. My family is here. My friends are here. My wife and I are raising our son here. This is my community. I am committed to making my community a better and safer place. I do that in many ways, but one way is through the work I do – holding others responsible for their actions when they are unwilling to do so on their own.

–Matt Vance

Well before he dawned he dawned a graduation cap and gown, Matt launched his legal career in 1989 as a runner and paralegal for a local law firm. Ten years and a law degree later, he began working in the Public Defender Department, where he remained committed to defense work until he transitioned to Insurance Defense Litigation in 2002. During those early years, attorney Matthew Vance witness unscrupulous treatment of real people who had been injured through no fault of their own. It was this poor treatment of the victims within the community he loved that led him to abandon the defense of goliath corporations and begin his work with a reputable Plaintiffs’ law firm.

In 2006, The Law Office of Matthew Vance was founded with a primary objective: To bring honest and personalized representation to those harmed by the negligent or reckless actions of others. Almost two decades later, that mission remains as strong and true as Matt’s love for New Mexico and its people. When someone chooses to needlessly endanger others with their negligent or reckless actions, or when a corporation makes a choice to put profits ahead of people, attorney Matthew Vance brings with him over 24 years of diverse experience to fiercely protect the rights of survivors, victims, and their families.

Classes & Seminars

Personal Injury 101, NBI, 2012
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury from Start to Finish, NBI, 2013

Bar Associations

  • New Mexico State Bar Association

    Member Since: 1998 - current

  • Albuquerque Bar Association


  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association


  • American Association for Justice


  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers



  • University of New Mexico School of Law - J.D. - 1998

    ATLA Mock Trial Team, 1998 Public Defender Externship, 1998 District Attorney Clinic, 1997 Summer Institute at Universidad de Guanajuato, 1997

  • New Mexico State University - B.A. - 1994

    Honors: Member of Prelaw Society Major: Philosophy with Supplementary major in Law and Society Minor: English

Client Reviews

I would recommend his services. They have a very informative staff as well. He helped me gather the most out of my car accident settlement and I'm most thankful that I went with Matt instead of a big name law firm you see on tv. When I was injured he was able to come to my house and do my first...

Audrey I.

Great and honest, helped me a lot to win my case.

Amir S.

Mr. Vance was attentive, diligent and even keeled throughout the process of fighting for my case. He exhibits a quiet and calm confidence in what to do and how to prepare. He always gave me the facts and did not BS me with exaggerated promises. He always treated me and my family as people, not a...


Matt and his team are amazing. They contacted me when I needed to come into the office to sign forms, and they only bothered me when they had a question on something. They took care of everything from beginning to end. I am so appreciative of them. And would refer them to my closest friends.

C. J.

Matt and his team are absolutely amazing and helped me more than enough with my case. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He made a very difficult situation, seamless. Thank you so much!

Chris G.

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3800 Osuna Rd NE #2

Albuquerque, NM 87109

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