Diego R. Esquibel was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a BBA in Management Information Systems in 2000. Before “retiring” from the information technology field, he worked at companies such as IBM, Intel and J.D. Edwards (now Oracle).
In 2003 Mr. Esquibel returned to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. While at UNM he not only studied the required course load, but also pursued a wide variety of classes and interests. He worked with the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project, served as Secretary for the newly chartered New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and was the GPSA President appointed Graduate Student Representative of the University of New Mexico Faculty Senate’s Athletic Council Committee. As a member of the Athletic Council Committee he served on the search committee that hired UNM’s current athletic director Paul Krebs and recertified the university under NCAA requirements.
After graduating from law school he worked as an Assistant District Attorney, under the direct supervision of current Governor Susana Martinez, who at that time was the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In this capacity, he focused on DWI and completed more than 30 trials in a year and a half of trial work. During this time he was able to assist in 7 felony trials as well as an embezzlement case resulting in over $600,000 of loss to a local Las Cruces doctor.
In 2008 Mr. Esquibel moved to Denver, Colorado where he prosecuted in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office for nearly 4 years. In that time he prosecuted crimes ranging from misdemeanor DWI, domestic violence and sex crimes to felonies such as vehicular homicide, stalking, robbery and burglary. During his time with the 18th he spent over a year working with the Appeals division where he focused on research and writing a variety of issues for cases ranging from DWI and Sex Assault to Death Penalty cases.
Mr. Esquibel moved back to New Mexico at the end of 2012 and joined the Barnett Law Firm where he specializes in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law. His nearly 75 trials, appellate experience and work in at least a dozen different jurisdictions aid him in the diverse case load he carries today.
Mr. Esquibel is admitted to practice before all Colorado and New Mexico State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.