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Jess Lilley

Partner Attorney

Jess is an attorney and a managing partner of Lilley & O’Connell. P.A. He has practiced in the fields of criminal defense and personal injury for over 23 years in state and federal court.

Jess was born and raised in New Mexico and has been married since 1993 and has three adult children. After graduating from law school, Jess moved down to Las Cruces to practice law with his brother Michael Lilley and nephew Marc Lilley at the Lilley Law Firm. In 2012, Jess partnered up with Jerome O’Connell to open up Lilley & O’Connell, P.A.

Jess has extensive trial experience (75+ jury trials) in both state and federal courts in all types of cases- DWI, drug cases, violent crimes, murder, civil-personal injury cases. Jess has represented several death penalty eligible clients in federal court and is prepared to handle any case at trial. Jess served three years on the New Mexico Public Defender Commission and has presented at numerous seminars on various issues involving criminal defense. In his free time, Jess has spent years coaching sports, running marathons in Boston, Chicago, and San Diego, and spending time with his family.


  • J.D. University of New Mexico, 1998

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Minor in economics, New Mexico State University, 1990

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of New Mexico, 1998

  • United States District Court, District of New Mexico, 1998

  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2004

Professional Associations:

  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute