Fred Smith practiced law in Durango, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, for nearly forty years, before retiring from the cube ranch world to help manage the family farm near Santa Cruz, California. He has learned that professional farmers like Denis Tamura, are wonderful planners and even greater risk takers than trial attorneys. Their adjustments to the often unpredictable insults by nature or the unanticipated consequences of their best plans and actions – when they lead to victories over adversity – seem somehow to be so much sweeter, and – even when they end in losses for a season – they seem somehow so much easier to swallow, than all those good and bad verdicts or plea bargains that he used to fight like the devil for.

Here is a fairly recent picture of Fred, out in the field on the farm that he helps to manage these days, and where delicious organic vegetables are grown and sold at the local farmers’ markets.

As a practicing attorney, he was at various times a civil litigator, a public defender, a private criminal defense attorney, a deputy district attorney, a deputy attorney general and the director of prosecutions and investigations for four consecutive AGs, an assistant United States Attorney, in New Mexico and Arizona, and a special prosecutor in several New Mexico Districts and for several Indian Tribes and Nations located in New Mexico and Arizona. He still occasionally consults on complex litigation and investigation projects.

Here is a cartoon that appeared in the newspaper, after his involvement as a special prosecutor for the Navajo Nation that resulted in the removal of two presidents, during his investigation into additional allegations of corruption by tribal council members, many years ago.


During his service as director of prosecutions for the New Mexico Attorney General, and as a private consultant, he worked with Los Alamos National laboratory to develop computer crime legislation and computer crime investigation training. He has presented lectures and training programs for attorneys, investigators and corporate security professionals throughout the US and in other countries. Two related publications co-authored by him are:

A Guide To Forensic Testimony, The Art and Science of Testifying as a Technical Expert,


Digital Evidence in the Courtroom, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/211314.pdf

Mike Hemenway has been practicing law for over twenty-five years. He started as a  prosecutor with the DA’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and went on to work as an Assistant Attorney General for New Mexico in Santa Fe, both in the criminal and civil areas of law. In 1990, he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where he worked as a prosecutor and then in private practice in the areas of civil litigation and criminal defense. Since 1996, he has worked primarily in criminal defense work and has handled cases in the local, state, and federal courts throughout central Virginia.  Having tried more than 500 cases – ranging from DUI to Capital Murder – he has learned much about both the criminal justice system and human nature.

Other interests include long-distance endeavors such as old motorcycles, Ironman triathlons, Aikido (inside the courtroom and out), and creative writing (a novel called Ryder)

An overview of Ryder at   http://www.mikehemenway.com/


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