To transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities. 

Office of General Counsel

Paul Ritzma, General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides high quality legal services to all of HSD’s divisions, bureaus and programs. OGC’s 50–plus attorneys provide general legal services Department-wide, as well as specialized services in the area of family law & child support.

OGC assists all of the Department’s divisions with a wide range of legal issues, including the development of contracts, participation in recipient and provider hearings, litigation, legislative initiatives, negotiations, settlements, evaluation of legal documents, training, compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, policy, and program development.


Office of General Counsel
P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
Phone: 505-827-7701