Frank Baca, JD

Frank Baca, Attorney at Law

Frank Baca

Frank Baca has been with the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s office since 2015 as a senior trial attorney until his retirement in March 2019. In January 2018, he was named Deputy District Attorney placing him in charge of all operations of the Valencia County office.

Frank was General Counsel of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board (NMGCB) from 2003 until 2015. His role was to advise the board on legal and policy-making matters, and to represent the Board in all legal matters related to gaming in New Mexico. Mr. Baca’s office closely administered the legal requirements of the tribal gaming compacts signed in December 2001 and the amended 2007 and 2015 compacts. In 2012, Frank also assumed the role of Executive Director of the NMGCB. He continued in the dual role of General Counsel and Executive Director for four (4) years.

For twenty-two years prior to his appointment to the NMGCB, he practiced criminal law as well as civil litigation law in the areas of business law, real estate and injury claims.

Mr. Baca has a long history of involvement with community and economic development groups, including having served on the board of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation for 12 years, ten years as president and on the board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Asssociation for six years, two (2) as president. A native of New Mexico, Mr. Baca graduated from Rio Grande High School, received a B.A. in history at Yale University in 1977, and earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981.

In 2009, Frank was named as one of the top 25 attorneys in New Mexico by New Mexico Business weekly. In 2016, he was named Prosecutor of the Year for the 13th Judicial District. In 1997, he was named a South Valley Outstanding Citizen.

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