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Dusti Harvey


Dusti Harvey is an experienced businesswoman, a skilled negotiator, and a tenacious litigator. She knows that the law is a powerful tool in obtaining compensation for her clients, as well as exposing institutional wrongdoing. Through the practice of law, Dusti is able to hold corporations accountable and change negligent corporate practices to make our community safer and obtain maximum recovery for her clients. Dusti’s clients become family to her. She gives 100% to each one of her cases. She works to make a difference in the lives of her clients, as well as the lives of others through systemic changes to prevent the same type of harm from happening again.

After graduating from law school, Dusti Harvey went to work for a large law firm defending nursing homes, doctors, and large corporations. She then went to Sun Healthcare Group, a national nursing home chain, as in-house corporate counsel. At Sun Healthcare, she directed all aspects of litigation, overseeing hundreds of cases nationwide, for more than six years. She was also in charge of the alternative dispute resolution program and traveled the United States mediating over 1,500 nursing home abuse cases.

Loving her grandmother very much, Dusti was able to care for her for the last several years of her life. The last two weeks of her grandmother’s life were spent in a nursing home, and the experience of witnessing firsthand the effect of corporate greed on residents and employees thrust Dusti to start her own law firm. Dusti can put herself in the shoes of the people who were wronged and battle with the corporation until justice is done.

Dusti started the law firm in March 2005, representing individuals throughout New Mexico who have been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongdoing of another individual or corporation. She is devoted to advocating for the well-being of elderly individuals, and those that experience injury, neglect, or medical malpractice.

She has received the highest possible rating from her peers and from the judiciary based on both legal ability and ethical standards since 2007. She has also been named Top 10 Nursing Home Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Ms. Harvey is on the board of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and the Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Dusti was a Past President of the Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. She is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico, the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, and the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. Ms. Harvey has also been rated as a SuperLawyer since 2017.

Dusti frequently gives lectures to other lawyers on how to effectively pursue lawsuits, try cases, maximize the client’s recovery, and nursing home abuse. She now devotes a significant portion of her practice to advocating for the well-being of elderly individuals residing in nursing homes. With her deep compassion and proven legal skills, Dusti is the attorney you want by your side.

When she isn’t fighting for justice or giving back to the community through charitable and professional organizations, Dusti enjoys spending active time with her two teenage sons, traveling, being outdoors, skiing, and playing tennis.

  • B.A., Political Science & Communications: Deans List, Golden Key National Honor Society (90-92), Dean of Students Award (90-92) University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque , NM
  • Juris Doctorate, Honor Roll, Dean's List, Who's Who- American Law Students, 1994-1996 University of New Mexico School of Law
    Albuquerque , NM

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1996

  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - Present

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2007 - Present

  • American Association for Justice, 2004 - Present

  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, Board Member, 2009 - Present

  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, President, 2013 to 2014

  • New Mexico Women's Bar Association, 2004 - Present

  • The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, f/k/a National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, 2004 - Present

  • National Mock Trial Team, 1995 to 1996

  • Women's Law Caucus, President, 1994 to 1996

  • Junior League of Albuquerque, 1995 to 2004

  • Character Counts in the Workplace, 1997 to 1998

  • Legal Counsel Sun Healthcare Group
  • Associate Keleher & McLeod

Speaking Engagements

  • Key Depositions in Nursing Home Abuse Cases, October 2022

  • Caregiver Testimony: The Key to your Case, American Association for Justice Annual Conference, July 2022

  • Medication Error Cases: Fundamentals of a Nursing Home Case Webinar Series, July 2020

  • Standards of Care During a Pandemic: What’s Changed? April 2020

  • Nursing Home Litigation College: From Intake to Resolution, May 2019

  • Securing Full Compensation for the Elderly and the Very Young, April 2019

  • Starting your Own Law Firm From A to Z, New Mexico Bar Convention, July 2018

  • Who to Sue and Why, April 2017

  • Post judgment Remedies in Second Judicial District Court, December 2016

  • Nursing Home Litigation, Fundamentals Seminar, October 2016

  • Trials and Tribulations: Handling Particularly Sticky Issues in Discovery, Trial and Post-Settlement, June 2016

  • Pressure Sores in Nursing Home Settings, AAJ National Convention, June 2015

  • 2015 Nursing Home Boot Camp. May 2015

  • Caregiver Testimony: The Key to Your Case, April 2013

  • Arbitration Agreements: Current State of the Law and How These Affect Mediation, March 2011

  • Infection Cases: What Causes of Action are Viable and How to Prove, January 2011

  • F-Tags: Clues to Nursing Home Abuse, October 2010

  • An Update on Arbitration, April 2010

  • New Corporate Structure and Insurance: It’s by Design, AAJ National Convention, July 2009

  • Cost Reports: More than Just Numbers, June 2009

  • Strategic Depositions: Who to Depose and When, March 2009

  • Understanding and Using Medicare and Medicaid Cost Reports to Prove Your Client’s Case: Lessons Learned in Nursing Home Cases, February 2008

  • Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing Home cases, September 2007

  • Obtaining and Using Nursing Home Surveys, February 2007

  • Strategic Depositions: Who to Depose and When, American Association for Justice

  • Understanding and Using Medicare and Medicaid Cost Reports to Prove Your Client's Case: Lessons Learned in Nursing Home Cases, American Association for Justice

  • Settlement Strategies: Pushing the Right Buttons, Advanced Nursing Home Litigation Seminar, American Association for Justice

  • Advocating for Good Care While in a Nursing Home, Senior Centers throughout New Mexico

  • Causes of Action against Nursing Homes, Legal Referral for the Elderly Program

  • What to do if You Suspect Abuse in a Nursing Home, Kiwanis Clubs

  • Choosing a Nursing Home for Your Loved One, Albuquerque Avitan

  • Using Nursing Home Records to Prove Liability, State Long Team Care Ombudsman

  • Common Types of Nursing Home Claims, State Bar of New Mexico, 2005

  • Definition & Signs of Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Home, State Bar of New Mexico, 2005

  • Frequently Lectures State Agencies, Local Groups, and National Seminars About Nursing Home Issues, 2004 - Present

  • Highly recommend.

    “The team at Harvey and Foote are wonderful and compassionate people. They have worked so hard to help us after losing our father due to neglect of care. They continue to fight for our family we appreciate them so much.”

    Michael C.
  • Great Firm

    “Harvey & Foote Law Firm is the team you want looking out for your best interest. You can rest knowing they are on your side. The many obstacles facing your case will be met by their dedicated team of professionals.”

    Norberto G.
  • I appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication.

    “Having the BEST attorneys on our side brought about an even better than expected outcome. Thank you, Dusti, Jennifer, and all of your amazing staff!!”

    Mara H.

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