Mark E. Chaiken

Mark Chaiken has lived in New Mexico since 1995 when, upon graduating from Rutgers School of Law (Newark) with Honors, he moved to Albuquerque to clerk for the Hon. Harris L Hartz of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He received his B.A., also with honors, from Haverford College in Haverford, PA, in 1988, and also holds an Executive LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Mr. Chaiken specializes in the areas of public finance, taxation, and local government law. He has represented numerous state agencies and local governments of every kind throughout New Mexico with respect to matters of public finance, tax, and administrative law. He has worked on some of the biggest public projects undertaken throughout New Mexico, including the RailRunner Commuter Rail project, and Spaceport America. He has also represented government clients in litigation relating to taxation, administrative law, and election disputes. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law in civil rights law and corporate law. Mr. Chaiken was raised in New York City, New York and London, England. In addition to his legal degrees, he holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, and his hobbies include writing (particularly science fiction), reading, and travel.

Bob D. Barberousse

Bob Barberousse has been of-counsel to Virtue & Najjar, for the last 20 years. He received his B.S. in History from Texas Tech University in 1962 and his L.L.B. from Baylor University in 1967. He became a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1967 and the State Bar of New Mexico in 1968. Mr. Barberousse has been a registered lobbyist in New Mexico for over 37 years and up until fifteen years ago, maintained an active law practice. For the past 10 years Mr. Barberousse has limited his practice to lobbying. He is currently an inactive member of the State Bar of New Mexico. He enjoys sailing and spending time in Italy and Mexico.

Carla Najjar

Carla Najjar, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, joined Virtue & Najjar in 2017. Mrs. Najjar received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Texas A&M International University in 2013 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in December 2016. While attending the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, she represented the school in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition and served as an Executive Board Member Staff Editor for the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Mrs. Najjar enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis and swimming.

Jonas M. Nahoum

Upon graduating magna cum laude from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 2003, Mr. Nahoum served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. As a federal clerk, Mr. Nahoum faced a broad range of duties including conducting legal research, preparing bench memos, drafting orders and opinions, proofreading the judge's orders and opinions, verifying citations, communicating with counsel regarding case management and procedural requirements, and assisting the judge during courtroom proceedings. Upon completing his clerkship, Mr. Nahoum served as a litigation associate at one of San Francisco’s top law firms, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin (currently Arnold & Porter), for four years, representing clients in matters involving attorney professional responsibility and ethics, business and banking law, white collar criminal defense, and appeals before the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. After moving to Santa Fe in 2009, Mr. Nahoum represented borrowers in foreclosure during the height of the housing crisis that affected New Mexico homeowners from 2010 through 2013. Currently, Mr. Nahoum’s practice encompasses both transactional and litigation matters, representing New Mexico public entities in public finance, insurance defense, utility issues, and civil rights and other constitutional issues. Mr. Nahoum has two sons, lives in Santa Fe, and is an avid guitar player, hiker, skier, and off-road tri-athlete.

Mark Komer

I enjoy helping my clients find creative, effective solutions to difficult and complex civil disputes. I work with my clients to identify the key strengths and weakness of their cases and develop strategies for achieving their best possible outcomes. This requires thoroughly investigating the facts, analyzing the applicable law as well as developing and executing a litigation plan – all while ensuring the representation is cost effective and furthers my clients’ interests.

Nancy Long

Nancy Long is a Santa Fe native, having practiced law in Santa Fe for over thirty-five (35) years, first at a large firm where she became a partner and then with three other partners in forming a full service law firm providing litigation and business related representation to governmental and private clients.

Daniel Najjar

Daniel Najjar is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He returned to the state in 1983 after practicing in Los Angeles California for several years. Upon his return, Dan became a partner in one of the state’s largest law firms, eventually becoming the Managing Partner of its Santa Fe Office. In 1993, Dan joined two other partners in forming a boutique law firm that specialized in specific areas, including administrative and regulatory law, health care law, public utility and energy law and environmental law.

Richard Virtue

Mr. Virtue’s practice emphasizes public finance, environmental regulation and public utilities. Mr. Virtue is a nationally recognized bond counsel and has been listed in the Bond Buyer’s Red Book for over 35 years. He was the first New Mexico attorney to be nominated and admitted as a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, a national professional group that recognizes bond counsel who have made substantial contributions to the practice of municipal bond law. His public finance practice includes acting as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with municipal bond financings throughout New Mexico.