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Bruce Kohl Named 2010 Business Lawyer of the Year

Albuquerque, N.M.—The Business Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to Bruce R. Kohl at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 5, at a reception following the 2010 Business Law Institute http://www.nmbarcle.org/catalog.aspx?browse=ViewProg&catid=1160.

The Board of Directors of the Business Law Section awarded Bruce R. Kohl its Business Lawyer of the Year award in recognition of his significant services to the citizens of New Mexico and the business law community in the field of securities law. Kohl served as director of the New Mexico Securities Division from 1981 to 1984, during 1987, and from 2003 to 2010. Among his many contributions was the enactment of the New Mexico Uniform Securities Act, which became effective in January of 2009. Nationally, Kohl was a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Securities Administrators, chairman of the Investor Education Section of that organization, and a member of the board of the Investor Protection Fund. Kohl began his legal career by representing the Securities Division as a member of the staff of the New Mexico Attorney General’s office from 1975 to 1981. He also served as general counsel to the New Mexico Securities Division from 1998 to 2003. His experience in the private sector, as a partner at White, Koch, Kelly and McCarthy, P.C. from 1984 to 1989 and as a founder and partner of Rose, Kohl, Davenport and Dodds, P.C. from 1989 to 1998, enabled him to appreciate and work effectively with the legal community while at the same time enhancing enforcement of the state’s securities laws by the Division.

Award criteria and information on past recipients may be found at http://www.nmbar.org/AboutSBNM/sections/BusinessLaw/bllawyerawards.html.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.