Head shot of Alana De Young

Alana De Young’s practice focuses on advising and representing employers of all sizes in administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and litigation in federal and state courts throughout New Mexico. Alana has experience both representing and advising clients throughout New Mexico in various areas on employment law, including Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. Alana works with both private and public employers prior to litigation, providing trainings on discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other employment and workplace issues, developing and updating employment handbooks, policies and procedures, and providing advice on a range of hiring, termination and related employment issues.

Prior to joining Adams+Crow, P.C., Alana practiced as an associate in the employment group and litigation department of one of New Mexico’s top firms. Alana has served on the New Mexico State Bar Employment and Labor Law Section’s Board for the past several years. In addition to her employment defense practice, Alana represents clients throughout the state in personal injury defense, education law, commercial disputes, business litigation, insurance defense and other general civil litigation matters. As a fluent Spanish-speaker, Alana also provides pro bono services to low income, mainly Spanish-speaking New Mexicans in state court proceedings in a partnership with a local non-profit immigrant rights organization.

Alana is a native New Mexican and received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, and received the Award for Achievement in Public Interest Law. At UNM, she was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and assisted Spanish-speaking clients in the UNM Law Community Lawyering Clinic. In 2010, Alana took legal courses in Santiago, Chile with American University Washington College of Law and completed legal research on antitrust issues for a Professor at the University of Santiago. Alana received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/International Studies summa cum laude from the University of Arizona after completing coursework abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Segovia, Spain and an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.


University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 2012

  • Graduated cum laude
  • Recipient of Award for Achievement in Public Interest Law
  • Dean’s List
  • Jessup International Moot Court Team
  • UNM Community Lawyering Law Clinic
  • Mediation Training

The University of Arizona, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/International Studies, 2004

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Recipient Silver Award of Excellence
  • Deans’s List

Legal Experience:

  • Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. (September 2012-October 2016) Law Clerk, Associate

Bar Admissions:

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico


Top Five Tips for Employers Regarding Employee Use of Social Media, Bar Bulletin, Volume 54, No. 6 (February 11, 2015)

Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons from Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute (May 11, 2016)

Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services (December, 2016)


  • State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyer Division
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Employment and Labor Law Section Board Secretary
  • Albuquerque Bar Association

Continuing Legal Education:

  • National Employment Law Institute, Employment Law Conference (March,2014)
  • National Employment Law Institute, Employment Law Conference Mid-Year (May, 2015)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Building Trial Skills (September, 2016)