Al Lama joined the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in June 2014 as NAAG chief of staff and director of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) Center for Leadership Development. In late December 2017, he was promoted to NAAG deputy executive director. Previously, he served in government law practice in New Mexico for over 25 years.
He received his J.D. degree from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb., and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Al began his law career as staff counsel to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. In December 1990, he began working as an assistant attorney general for New Mexico Attorney General Hal Stratton. He served in the administrations of three other New Mexico attorneys general in a variety of capacities. From 2007 to 2014, Al served as chief deputy attorney general for Attorney General Gary King.
Al is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Federal District Court Bar, New Mexico. He served as president of the Public Law Section and as an appointee of the Board of Bar Commissioners to a four-year term on the State Judicial Standards Commission. In 2014, Al was selected as the NM Public Lawyer of the Year by the New Mexico State Bar Association.
Al is a former delegate to South Korea and senior delegate to Turkey for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. He recently completed his tenure as president of the Board of Southwest Care Center, a non-profit health care facility located in Santa Fe, N.M., that serves the health care needs of underserved local communities in northern New Mexico.