Alibi V.25 No.10 • March 10-16, 2016 
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Business Profile

Ruiz de la Torre Law Firm

Carlos Ruiz de la Torre

What was your first job?

I worked for Ahmad Assad as a law clerk during law school, and then as an associate at his firm for one year. I then left to work for the Public Defender’s office, in the appeals division.

Why did you choose this business?

I like helping people solve their legal problems. Our legal system can be challenging, and it's fulfilling for me to guide people through it, and arrive at a solution that is fair and just—or as close to it as possible. It's also a great thrill to get an innocent defendant acquitted at trial, or to win an appeal and get someone out of prison. And when people are injured or hurt, I want to be there to help them figure out how to be properly compensated.

  • Company name: Ruiz de la Torre Law Firm
  • Type of business: Law Firm
  • Owners: Carlos Ruiz de la Torre
  • Ages: 36
  • Business Address:
    Albuquerque NM
    505-544-5400
  • Number of Employees: 3
  • Business Email:
  • Business Website: ruizdelatorrelaw.com

What is your educational background?

I went to UNM Law School. I also received a masters degree in music from Indiana University, and I play classical and jazz piano. One of my practice areas is entertainment law, which allows me to apply my experiences in the music business to the practive of law.

Why did you choose to do business in Albuquerque?

I went to law school here, and I started a family here. I love the mountains and the culture here that feels like a smaller city. I'm Cuban American and I also speak fluent Spanish, which is a great asset for my clients here.

What motivates you to succeed besides the desire to make money?

I enjoy helping law make sense to regular people. Though it may sound simple, when law makes sense it's easier to bring about a just resolution for everyone involved.