Zach Ives Law


Sample cases.


United States v. Hopper, No. 15-2190 (10th Cir. 2018) (unpublished). The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals accepted Zach's argument that a federal statute is unconstitutionally vague and reversed the sentence of Zach's client.

United States v. Aguirre, No. 17-2047 (10th Cir. 2018) (unpublished). The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Zach's client's sentence, holding that the district court had erroneously increased it.

Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418 (2006). The United States Supreme Court decided the case unanimously in favor of the client Zach and his co-counsel represented: a small church seeking to prevent the federal government from interfering with its religious practices.

State v. McClaugherty, 2008-NMSC-044, 144 N.M. 483, 188 P.3d 1234. The New Mexico Supreme Court barred the state from continuing to prosecute client Zach and his co-counsel represented. The Supreme Court agreed egregious prosecutorial misconduct had occurred at trial.

State v. Villa, 2004-NMSC-031, 136 N.M. 367, 98 P.3d 1017. The New Mexico Supreme Court reversed client's convictions for white-collar offenses.

In re Sealed Case, 310 F.3d 717 (Foreign Surveillance Ct. of Rev. 2002).  Assisted in representing the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiae in the first case ever decided by the Foreign Surveillance Court of Review.




Historic United States Courthouse, Albuquerque, NM.

Historic United States Courthouse, Albuquerque, NM.

civil rights

$720,000 jury verdict for innocent client arrested and prosecuted for DWI

Favorable settlement for client who was repeatedly shocked with a Taser and prosecuted for battery on police officer

Representation of thousands of inmates in federal class action to improve jail conditions


Dismissal of felony health care fraud charges against company CEO

Dismissal of felony campaign finance charges against former elected official

Dismissal of felony health care fraud charges against therapist

Federal prosecutor declined to bring perjury and obstruction of justice charges against prominent businessperson

Successful representation of large healthcare company in fraud investigation

Successful representation of client in federal pay-to-play investigation

Petty misdemeanor plea for client charged with felony cybercrimes

Not guilty verdicts for police officer charged with crimes for conduct on duty


Zach obtained habeas corpus relief for a client in a  major felony case in which client was serving a lengthy sentence of imprisonment. Having established that the client's constitutional rights had been violated in connection with his plea agreement, Zach negotiated a new agreement that significantly reduced the client's sentence.

Zach and co-counsel challenged the client's convictions for aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated burglary, and residential burglary, as well as his fifteen-year sentence, on several grounds.  After the New Mexico Supreme Court ordered an evidentiary hearing, Zach and co-counsel negotiated client’s release with credit for time served.