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Santa Fe, NM 87505 | Ph: 505.982.4676

Mark Kriendler Nelson, Partner

Phone: 505-982-4676
Fax: 505-988-7029

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Art and Intellectual Property Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving
  • Taxation

With Sommer Udall Law Firm Since

  • 2007


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York, State of New Mexico, United States Tax Court

Practicing Law Since

  • 1995


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Taxation Practice Section Committee, State Bar of New Mexico, 2008-2010
  • Member, Art Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2004-2005


  • Editor in Chief, Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & The Arts, 1994-1995
  • Recipient, Carroll G. Harper Prize for Intellectual Property Studies
  • Recipient, Ruth Electa Collins Award for French Studies

Published Works

  • “The Fine Art of Reproduction: The Doctrine of Fair Use and Auction House Catalogues,” published in published in the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 18, Nos. 3-4, Spring/Summer 1994
  • “Living Together Under The Law:  Estate Planning Considerations for Unmarried Couples,” appearing in the Continuing Legal Education Publication for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in 2002

Previous Classes and Seminars Taught

  • “Estate Planning for Artists and Lifetime and Testamentary Donations of Works of Art”, 16th Annual Estate Planning Institute, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, November 2008

Languages Spoken

  • French, Spanish, English, conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Philanthropic and Community Involvement

  • Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

Interests and Hobbies

  • Foreign films, opera, art, crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, food, horseback riding, reading, traveling