Judge Felicia Blea-Rivera


Judge Felicia Blea-Rivera serves as a Judge in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Felicia has dedicated nearly her entire career to public service, helping New Mexican families through difficult situations. She was appointed to the Metropolitan Court by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham after being recommended by a bi-partisan Judicial Nominating Commission. Felicia must now run in the 2020 election to keep her seat on the bench.

Prior to her appointment, Felicia was an attorney with the New Mexico Association of Counties, where she worked for counties and their employees across the state of New Mexico. She was also an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, where she provided legal support and oversight of the maintenance and operation of the Sandia National Laboratories in their contract with the Department of Energy. Felicia also spent several years as an Assistant County Attorney at the Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office where she provided legal counsel to the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners and to senior management and staff. She also served as legal counsel to the Sheriff’s Department and oversaw the prosecution of the county’s forfeiture and code enforcement programs. Felicia began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office, later served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the State of New Mexico Human Services Department and also operated her own private practice firm which focused on the areas of criminal defense, employment and civil rights matters. 

Growing up in a small Northern New Mexico town, Felicia learned at a young age the importance of serving one’s community. Her humble upbringing inspired her to a career in public service through the legal field, and she has spent most of that time working in the Metropolitan Court. Having spent portions of her career working both as a prosecutor and a defender, Felicia understands the in-depth intricacies of the law and the critical importance of an honest, impartial and independent judiciary.

Felicia was born and raised in Espanola, New Mexico, and graduated from Pojoaque High School. She then attended the University of New Mexico earning a degree in economics, and later received her law degree from the UNM School of Law. Being a judge, serving her community, has been the greatest honor of her career, and she looks forward to serving her community in that role for many years to come.