With over 20 years’ experience practicing law, T.J. brings a unique twist to government affairs as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for S360 New Mexico. His expertise in environmental and administrative law has been the driving force behind his nearly two-decade lobbying practice.
Prior to joining S360, T.J. founded his own practice with his partner Jennifer Trujillo. The Emissary Group was the largest premier and full-service government relations firm in New Mexico. Here, he and his team developed and provided comprehensive advocacy strategies for clients on both legislative and regulatory matters. Pairing communications support with a results-driven approach to government affairs is T.J.’s specialty.
T.J. has deep issue area expertise in various industries from agriculture, natural resources, and renewable energy to cannabis, higher education, and broadband. With his legal background, T.J. is well versed in lobbying compliance and drafting legislation. He began his career as a law clerk for a US District Court Federal judge. Later, T.J. moved to Santa Fe to open a satellite office for a large firm based in Arizona, and from there began to split his time between lobbying and legal cases.
T.J. holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration from Western New Mexico University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona.
In his free time, T.J. loves to travel internationally with his wife and three sons or spend time relaxing at their lake house.