Head shot of Alana De Young

 


Alana De Young is proud to be a partner at Adams+Crow Law Firm. Alana is a native New Mexican who grew up in the North Valley of Albuquerque. After attending the University of Arizona and earning her bachelors’ degree in international relations summa cum laude, Alana returned to Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, cum laude. In law school, Alana was honored with the Award for Achievement in Public Interest Law and greatly enjoyed her work assisting Spanish-speaking clients in the UNM Law Community Lawyering Clinic. Prior to joining Adams+Crow Law Firm, Alana practiced as an associate attorney in the litigation department and employment group of one of New Mexico’s top firms where she received excellent legal research, writing, and litigation training and worked on matters for multiple public entities throughout New Mexico.

 

Alana has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Stars, joining the ranks of top-rated attorneys in New Mexico. While Alana’s practice primarily focuses on employment and education law, she also represents a variety of New Mexico businesses in litigation involving personal injury, premises liability, business and commercial disputes, and other general civil litigation matters.

 

A significant portion of Alana’s practice is devoted to employment law and employment litigation. Alana routinely advises and represents both private and public employers of all sizes throughout the litigation process, including in administrative proceedings before state and federal administrative bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, and the Department of Workforce Solutions, in mediations, arbitrations, as well as in federal and state courts proceedings. Alana has also represented various employees relating to workplace issues. Alana has developed broad experience in various areas on employment law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment ACT (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the New Mexico Human Rights Act, among other federal, state, and local laws, and routinely gives presentations on employment law issues.

 

Alana also enjoys working with her clients prior to litigation. She regularly provides employee and manager trainings on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other workplace issues. Alana has substantial experience in developing and updating employment guidebooks, policies, and procedures, and provides on-call advice to her clients on a wide range of hiring, termination, and other employment issues. As the past Chair of the New Mexico State Bar Employment and Labor Law Section’s Board, Alana works closely with other top employment lawyers in New Mexico to develop programs on current employment-related issues for both lawyers and businesses throughout the State. Alana is dedicated to staying up-to-date on local and national changes in employment law that may impact her clients’ interests and needs. She loves working as part of the Adams+Crow team in analyzing employment issues and developing creative and cost-effective solutions for our clients.

 

In addition to her robust employment law practice, Alana is an integral part of the Adams+Crow education law team. As a public school graduate herself, Alana appreciates working with school districts throughout the state on a variety of issues, with a special focus on special education law. She has developed substantial knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides guidance on daily issues involving a wide spectrum of issues in the education field. While Alana is dedicated to assisting school district personnel and school boards in identifying and addressing issues before litigation ensues, she also has experience in litigating special education and other education-related matters, including in administrative proceedings before the New Mexico Public Education Department and Office of Civil Rights, administrative due process hearings, various disciplinary matters involving both students and personnel, and litigation in state and federal courts.

 

As a fluent Spanish-speaker, Alana enjoys providing pro bono services to low income, Spanish-speaking New Mexicans in state court proceedings in a partnership with a local non-profit immigrant rights organization.


Education:

University of New Mexico School of Law, Juris Doctor

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

The University of Arizona, Bachelor Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies/International Studies

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Recipient of Silver Award of Excellence
  • Dean’s List Recipient
  • Minor in Spanish/Portuguese

Bar Admissions:

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

Publications and Presentations

  • Top Five Tips for Employers Regarding Employee Use of Social Media, New Mexico Bar Bulletin, Volume 54, No. 6 (February 11, 2015)
  • Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons from Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions, Presentation at Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute (May 11, 2016)
  • Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, Presentation at Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services (December 2016)
  • Fifty Years of the ADEA: Proving and Defending Age Discrimination Claims in 2017 and Beyond, New Mexico Bar Bulletin, Volume 55, No. 46 (November 15, 2017)
  • You Want to Use What As Evidence? Case Studies and Sample Foundations to Help Your Practice, Presentation at How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute (November 28, 2018)
  • The Interactive Process Under the ADA: Practical Tips, Presentation at EEOC Albuquerque Seminar (May 23, 2019)
  • ADA, FMLA & NMHRA: Disability Issues, Presentation at Employment and Labor Law Institute, New Mexico State Bar (October 4, 2019)
  • Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations, Presentation at Special Education Law from A to Z, National Business Institute (November 7, 2019)
  • Employment Law Issues, Presentation at Business Law: Top Challenges, National Business Institute (December 11, 2019)
  • Considering Everything at Once: Navigating the WCA, FMLA and ADA, New Mexico Bar Bulletin Volume 59, No. 14 (July 22, 2020)

Activities:

  • State Bar of New Mexico, Employment and Labor Law Section Board Member
  • Pro Bono Attorney partnering with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center