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Veronica Dorato received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 1990, and has been a registered nurse since that time. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Dorato practiced nursing primarily in the area of maternal/ child health.

Ms. Dorato graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. During law school, Ms. Dorato was active in the Student Health Law Association and the National Italian American Bar Association. Ms. Dorato graduated with additional honors including Clinical Honors, the Deans Award for Contributing to the Law School, and the Judge Seth Oliver Ethics Award.

Following law school, Ms. Dorato served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Michael Bustamante of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Ms. Dorato also worked in a prominent insurance defense firm practicing in the defense against personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and general litigation. She also intermittently acts as a visiting professor of Clinical Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Veronica Dorato now represents individuals in their claims against insurance companies in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.

Call us today for a free consultation at (505) 314-8880


DEREK WEEMS, from Farmington, NM, is a board certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation law.  Mr. Weems represents injured individuals throughout the state of New Mexico, protecting their rights in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims against insurance companies.

Derek received a degree in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Weems managed a group of small businesses in San Antonio, worked in gaming in Lake Tahoe as well as Alaskan tourism, and was an acclaimed motivational speaker for Making it Count, a division of Monster.com.  He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Upon receiving his law degree, Mr. Weems worked in a prominent insurance defense firm practicing in the defense against workers’ compensation, liability, motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, medical negligence, and other personal injury claims.  In 2008, he and Veronica joined to create Dorato & Weems LLC with the intention of representing injured individuals in New Mexico.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Weems reaches out to the legal community teaching general trial practice, deposition skills, ethics, and workers’ compensation related subjects.  He also gives back to the UNM School of Law donating time teaching trial practice, deposition skills and civil procedure.

Mr. Weems is a recipient of the Justice Lewis Powell Medallion for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, earned the Erwin Stern Moise Award in Legal and Judicial Ethics, and has been named as a Superlawyers “Rising Star.”

Call us today for a free consultation at (505) 314-8880