Robert P. Warburton

Mr. Warburton practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation and with an emphasis on insurance coverage, complex litigation, products liability. He is admitted in all of the state district and appellate courts of New Mexico and Wyoming, the United States District Courts of New Mexico and Wyoming, the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Warburton is available to handle matters at the firm’s Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jackson Hole, Wyoming offices.

Mr. Warburton’s clients over the past two decades have included individuals, small businesses, medium and large corporations, insurance carriers, non-profits, religious entities, school districts, and various entities and agencies of county and state government. He has developed expertise on a wide range of insurance issues, including environmental, products liability, construction, workers compensation, employment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, life, health, disability, ERISA, corporate owned life insurance (COLI), Directors & Officers Liability, professional liability, Uninsured/Underinsured motorist, property and casualty claims.  He has been listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law since 2013 and was selected as Albuquerque Lawyer of the year in Insurance Law for 2015.

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Mr. Warburton was born in 1952 in Concordia, Kansas. He graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a major in government in 1975. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army, graduating with honors from the Infantry Officer basic course and U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He attended Georgetown University on an Army graduate fellowship, earning a masters degree in Russian Area Studies in 1977.

Prior to starting his legal career, Mr. Warburton served four years in Europe as a mechanized infantry platoon leader, company commander and aide-de-camp to the Assistant Division Commander for the Third Infantry Division. After leaving the service, he worked for five years as an Assistant Director of Admissions and International Studies at Central University of Iowa before attending law school. Mr. Warburton earned his J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1990, again graduating with honors, including Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi.


  • Insurance Coverage for Employment Lawsuits, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, April 24th, 2000
  • Discovery on New Mexico Bad Faith Litigation, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, October 24th, 2002

Representative Cases

  • Schwartz v. Coastal Physician Group, Inc., 172 F. 3d 63 (10th Cir. 1999)
  • Fought v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of Am., 379 F.3d 997 (10th Cir. 2004) cert denied

Representative Clients

  • Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Bituminous Casualty Company
  • Diocese of Gallup
  • Deming Public Schools
  • Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
  • Lexington Insurance Co.
  • Trustmark Life Insurance Co.
  • Unitrin
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Sandia Corporation
  • North American Speciality Insurance Company
  • Los Alamos National Security, LLC