Valentino C. Messina III

Valentino pursues auto, property, and bodily injury subrogation through negotiation, litigation and arbitration. In New Mexico, the right of subrogation allows an insurer who has compensated their insured to collect what has been paid under contract, and also in the interest of equitable principles.

Valentino also represents clients throughout the state of New Mexico who have been seriously injured in automobile, motorcycle and semi-truck collisions. These claims may be brought against adverse or third party carriers, as well as first party actions brought by a policy holder against their own insurance company – usually through uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. He also represents family members who wish to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one.

In addition to representing injured victims, Valentino files bad faith claims against insurance companies, and their adjusters individually, if they fail to bring about prompt, fair and equitable settlements of an insured's claims in which liability has become reasonably clear. Under New Mexico statutory and case law, unlawfully denying insurance policy coverage or unreasonably delaying payment may be examples of bad faith, malicious, willful, reckless, wanton, and/or fraudulent conduct, and may subject an insurance company to punitive damages.

State of New Mexico
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States District Court, District of New Mexico
Supreme Court of the United States of America

J.D., Texas Tech University, School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)