About C. J. McElhinney
C. J. McElhinney was born in New York City in 1974. He served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and was honorably discharged in 1995. McElhinney graduated from New Mexico State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2003.
C. J. McElhinney entered solo practice in 2003 shortly after passing the New Mexico bar exam. While he now practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, he has handled a wide variety of cases and represented hundreds of clients in New Mexico during his career including divorce and family law, wills, business formation, administrative law, landlord-tenant, personal injury, civil litigation and civil rights. An experienced trial attorney, he has tried nearly every kind of criminal case from traffic tickets all the way to first degree murder and has tried a case at all levels of the legal system: magistrate and municipal, Children’s Court, state District Court and federal district court. He has also argued a case before the New Mexico Supreme Court.
C. J. McElhinney has been appointed by the Federal Court of the District of New Mexico to the Criminal Justice Act panel, an exclusive panel of private attorneys appointed by the court to defend indigent defendants accused of crimes in Federal court.
He is married to Heather, a professional opera singer and lives in southern New Mexico.