Albuquerque defense attorney arrested, accused of assaulting client


A well-known defense attorney in Albuquerque is now accused of assaulting her own client.

Monday night, officers responded to a home near Indian School and Stanford after a woman called police saying her attorney tried to kill her.

According to Albuquerque Police, that attorney is Mary Schmidt-Nowara. Neighbors said she’s new to the area.

The 44-year-old is a well-known defense attorney in Albuquerque. In 2013, she defended former Albuquerque Police officer Connor Rice, who was acquitted of using excessive force against two men.

However, in this case, Nowara was representing a woman who was suing Sandia Labs for discrimination. According to police, the woman met Nowara at her home Monday evening so that the two could finalize documents after a settlement agreement was reached in the woman’s case.

The woman claims for months Nowara delayed paying her.

Monday, when the woman’s got to Nowara’s home, she told police the attorney pointed a gun at her face and pulled the trigger, but all she heard was a series of “clicks” before running outside to call the police. 

According to the criminal complaint, Nowara told the woman she hadn’t paid her because she was having trouble with the IRS. Nowara is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

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