Mr. Pato serves as the County Attorney for Valencia, Sierra, Cibola and Catron Counties, with an emphasis in Procurement Law, Contract Law, and Local Government Law.   

Mr. Pato served as manuscript editor for the New Mexico Law Review, and received the Tort Scholar Award from the University of New Mexico School of Law.  He also served as a judicial law clerk for New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan B. Sutin.

Mr. Pato was named to the 2014 and 2015 New Mexico Rising Stars list. 

Professional Memberships


  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Practice Areas:

  • Government Purchasing
  • Contract Law
  • Local Government Law

David Pato

Contact Information:
Tel.       (575) 838-0911 x. 802
E-mail   dave@npslawfirm.com

Education: 
University of New Mexico, School of Law (J.D. 2002)
University of New Mexico (B.A. 1998)