Robert E. Sabin of Atwood, Malone, Turner and Sabin was inducted into Roehl Circle of Honor for Trial Lawyers. (Courtesy Photo)
Roswell attorney Robert E. Sabin, was inducted into University of New Mexico Law School Roehl Circle of Honor, which pays tribute to outstanding trial lawyers in the state.
The Roehl Circle was established in 1995 by Jerrald J. Roehl in memory of his father, Joseph. The elder Roehl was a prominent trial lawyer in New Mexico and longtime managing partner of the Modrall Sperling firm.
Roehl Circle honorees are chosen by the Circle committee and previous inductees.
Sabin, born in 1941, in La Junta, Colo., has provided his services as an attorney in New Mexico for 47 years. Starting in 1966, he worked as a court-appointed criminal lawyer for four or five years, long before the Public Defender Department existed.
He joined the law firm of Atwood and Malone, currently known as Atwood, Malone, Turner and Sabin, founded by a single lawyer, Col. Jefferson D. Atwood in 1911. A partnership was formed in 1937 with Ross L. Malone.
Sabin switched to civil law where he specialized as a defense attorney in products liability, professional malpractice and commercial litigation.
He became president of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association from 1988 through 1989, was state chair of the Defense Research Institute 1991 to 1996 and a member of the board of Trial Advocates Fellow and American College of Trial Lawyers.
Sabin admitted that trial work is difficult.
“It is intellectually stimulating and challenging.”
In the last five years, Sabin says he has eased out of trial law to work in civil mediation. He enjoys arbitration which presents unique challenges.
“The plaintiff believes they should get a large settlement while the defendant feels that he should not have to pay anything. “
At the age of 72, he likes to pick and choose his cases.
“It is particularly fulfilling when I get a resolution from opposing parties. In a trial situation, there is always a winner and a loser. In mediation, nobody loses the way they do in court. That is rewarding.”