Matthew Coyte and Alyssa Quijano have been working tirelessly for decades to seek justice for incarcerated people all across New Mexico.
Former President of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and founder of Coyte Law, P.C., Matthew Coyte has been dedicated to criminal defense and civil rights law for over twenty years. Matt has reached multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts with counties accused of corrupt and inhumane practices in their jails and lobbied at the state level to put an end to some of the harshest conditions facing New Mexico's incarcerated population. He recently helped pass House Bill 364 to restrict the cruel use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails and provide transparency to the public as to the use of restricted housing. In 2013, Matt was recognized nationally as Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year and in 2014, was invited by the United Nations to provide testimony in Vienna, Austria on corruption in prisons and jails. As a result of his efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement Matt was recognized in 2016 as the ACLU's Guardian of Liberty. Matt continues to push for the humane treatment of prisoners both through litigation and legislative advocacy.
Alyssa Quijano, a New Mexico native, received her Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from the University of New Mexico. Alyssa became involved in the world of criminal defense beginning in high school, working as a legal assistant for a contract public defender. In college, she worked as a legal assistant for Elite Paralegal Service assisting in criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights litigation. After completing her first year of law school, Alyssa was hired as a law clerk at Coyte Law, P.C. where she worked until graduation. Since passing the Bar, Alyssa has continued working at Coyte Law, representing plaintiffs in civil rights cases and criminal defendants across New Mexico.