John S. Stiff

John S. Stiff

John S. Stiff

AV® Rated PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell®
Phone: (505) 243-5755

John Stiff, the founding partner of Stiff, Keith and Garcia, has thirty years of experience in civil defense, with an emphasis on complex litigation, including professional liability, construction defect, and coverage litigation.  He has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). He is a frequent presenter at NM CLEs, as well as CLM conferences. 

Areas of Practice

  • Professional Liability
  • Extra contractual
  • Construction Defect

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit, 1983
  • Supreme Court of the United States 2017


  • Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1983,  J.D. 
  • Am Jur Award – Insurance Law, Trial Advocacy
  • Moot Court Board Finalist, Senior Trial Competition
  • Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1979, B.A. History


Mr. Stiff frequently speaks at continuing legal education seminars, including: “Liquor Liability and Coverage Issues”, CLM Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference; “Advanced Coverage Issues” National Business Institute; “Federal Civil Litigation” Lorman Educational Services,  “Trial Strategies in High Dollar Cases” National Business Institute ,   “Complex Litigation and Protecting Your Investigation”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 

The Stiff, Garcia & Associates Promise

We Will:

Return phone calls promptly.

Follow your reporting guidelines.

Work in partnership with your claims professionals.

Help you to identify the reasons the case did not settle before suit and suggest creative strategies.

Prepare for trial if the case cannot be resolved.

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