The Firm

Our Team

Our team prides ourselves on experience and compassion. As native New Mexicans we know our state and the legal landscape.


Our team is focused on the unique needs of our individual clients and are committed to treating all of our partners with respect, never compromising our integrity.

Jacob Candelaria, Owner and Attorney:

Jacob Candelaria is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in the south Broadway community of San Jose, Mr. Candelaria became the first person in his family to graduate from college when he received his Bachelors in Public Affairs from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs in 2009.

Mr. Candelaria is a 2016, cum laude, graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. During law school, Mr. Candelaria served on the editorial board of the law school’s environmental law journal.

Mr. Candelaria founded Candelaria Law LLC to serve New Mexicans and their families’ legal needs.

Mr. Candelaria serves in the New Mexico State Senate, representing the Westside of the city of Albuquerque (2013-present) and is the immediate past president of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.

Mr. Candelaria and his husband, a resident physician, reside on Albuquerque’s Westside with their beloved dog Rosie.

Fernando Guillen, Attorney:

A first-generation law student born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, Guillen attended NMSU before moving to Arizona to attend law school at ASU. While in law school, he worked at the Arizona House of Representatives and was elected President of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association.

After his parents adopted two of his cousins from Mexico when he was eight, Guillen became interested in the law and why his cousins weren’t able to become citizens. After studying the philosophy of law and ethics in undergrad, he quickly learned that what is just is not always lawful, and what is lawful is not always just, enforcing his desire to pursue law. Guillen will focus on immigration, cannabis law, civil rights, and workers’ compensation.

Placido Gonzales,
Law Clerk:

A 13th generation New Mexican, Placido Gonzales was born and raised in northern New Mexico before attending UNM for his B.S. in Criminology where he graduated Cum Laude. Currently, Placido is attending the UNM School of Law and expected to graduate in the spring of 2022. In addition to being a Dean’s List student, Placido is also a current member and incoming member of the Editorial Board of the New Mexico Law Review. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing, and playing chess.