Our lawyers at Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C. are honored with a variety of fellowships and awards, but above all, are passionate about serving the community. With backgrounds in anywhere from commercial litigation to academia, our lawyers pride themselves on their ethical and compassionate personal injury defense work in Texas, New Mexico, and North Dakota.
Matthew R. Heape
LICENSED IN TEXAS | NEW MEXICO
Matthew was born in New Orleans, LA and lived in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas as a child. He spent the majority of his childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he graduated from Calallen High School. He now resides in Lubbock, Texas with his wife and three children.
Matthew attended Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Matthew received a double-major bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education. Matthew firmly believes that his training and experience in the classroom gives him a unique edge in educating the jury about his client’s cases.
Matthew attended law school at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Despite maintaining a full-time job while in law school and competing against students that were not working at all, Matthew maintained high grades and was ultimately invited to serve as a member of the SMU Law Review Association. This is an honor reserved for the highest performing members of the law school class. In his final year, Matthew was chosen to serve as articles editor for the SMU Law Review.
Matthew graduated with honor from SMU Law School in 2013 and immediately joined Faddoul, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway. Since that time, Matthew has handled many cases for the firm, including cases with values in excess of a million dollars. Matthew has also tried numerous cases to verdict, giving him the skills needed to maximize his client’s recoveries. Matthew is proud to represent the injured and to work with some of the most skilled and ethical attorneys in the business.
Manuel H. Hernandez
Manuel grew up in Mexico but received his formal education in the United States. Because he grew up on the border, Manuel is fluent in both English and Spanish–a skill that helps him better serve his clients.
LICENSED IN TEXAS | NEW MEXICO
After graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, Manuel attended the Texas Tech University School of Law where he served as editor of the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal. He earned a place on the Journal’s Executive Board and was awarded the Texas Tech University School of Law Judge Meade F. Griffin Award. The award is given each year to the student who has “best utilized the law school experience to improve and prepare for service to the profession and to mankind.” Manuel was also selected for a Graduate Fellowship with the Central Intelligence Agency Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., clerked for the Honorable William E. Moody of El Paso, Texas, and began his legal career focusing on commercial litigation and personal injury cases in both state and federal courts for a law firm in Houston, Texas before joining FCHC.
Manuel currently lives in the Permian Basin and serves his community on the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center of West Texas. When he is not busy fighting for his clients, Manuel enjoys reading about politics and interesting developments in the law and spending time with his family.
LICENSED IN NEW MEXICO
Nikko was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father was a paralegal for a plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm while she was growing up, and she spent many days at the office with her father. Her mother was a teacher. Ms. Harada has been working in the legal field since she was about 15 years old.
Ms. Harada has a Master’s Degree and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2007. She was awarded the McCulloch Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law and Honors in Clinic. While on law review as a student articles editor, Ms. Harada published an article entitled: “Trans-Literacy Within the Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence: De/Fusing Gender and Sex”, 36 N.M. L. Rev. 627 (Summer 2006). After she graduated summa cum laude, she was a judicial term clerk for the Honorable James O. Browning at the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. She has previously worked in the areas of criminal defense, constitutional law, medical negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death.
Ms. Harada has always passionately advocated for the rights of plaintiffs and worked with plaintiffs’ law firms since her earliest days in the legal community. Ms. Harada worked with FCHC as a contract attorney for years, but was pleased to come on board to work full time for the firm.
LICENSED IN TEXAS | NEW MEXICO
Meghan was born in Abilene, Texas and spent the majority of her childhood in Bangs, Texas where her parents both worked as educators. After high school, she attended Midwestern State University, majoring in Theatre Arts. Meghan was highly involved in Midwestern State’s Theatre program, and it was there that she recognized her desire to make positive contributions to society. After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Meghan accepted a position in education. She taught middle and high school English and Theatre Arts for several years before making the decision to pursue her childhood dream of practicing law.
In 2013, Meghan entered law school at Texas Tech University School of Law, where she received numerous honors including top-grade awards in legal writing, family law, and criminal procedure. She was also a member of the Texas Tech Board of Barristers, a student organization focused on courtroom and advocacy skills. In Board of Barristers, Meghan participated in negotiation, mock trial, and moot court competitions. She was selected to represent Texas Tech as a member of several national advocacy teams, including the acclaimed Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition. Meghan was awarded the J. Hadley Edgar Trial Excellence Award for her achievements as a member of Texas Tech’s trial advocacy teams.
Meghan graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2016 and was admitted to practice law in Texas in November of 2016. After making the decision to practice personal injury law, Meghan knew that she wanted to work for a firm that only represented injured victims, which led her to apply and accept a position with Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway.
Carlos E. Sedillo
LICENSED IN NEW MEXICO
Carlos is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. A graduate of Valley High School in 2003, Carlos stayed in Albuquerque for his undergraduate degree and for law school. Carlos graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of New Mexico in 2007. Thereafter, he applied and was accepted to the University Of New Mexico School Of Law, and obtained his law degree in 2011.
After law school, Carlos began his legal career with the Narvaez Law Firm, gaining a wide range of litigation experience including general tort liability, insurance law, and education law. Carlos was with the Narvaez Law Firm for five and a half years, until the opportunity to join Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy, & Conaway. Carlos decided to take his experience to represent and assist people injured or killed in accidents. His practice now includes representing people injured or killed in oilfield accidents, car accident, medical malpractice, and education law.
Carlos is highly involved in the community as a member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Albuquerque Bar Association. Additionally, Carlos has volunteered his time as a mentor in community outreach programs assisting low-income students.
In January of 2018, Carlos welcomed the birth of his first child, a baby boy named Carlos Leon Sedillo. Carlos and his wife, Monica, are proud new parents and love spending all the time they can with their baby.
Christopher P. Winters
Licensed in New Mexico
Chris Winters was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved frequently growing up. Following high school, Chris attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Chris then attended the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated in 2009. During law school, Chris served as an Articles Editor for the Kansas Law Review, worked as a teacher’s assistant in legal research and writing, interned for the Honorable Dale L. Somers of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas, and clerked at a general litigation firm.
After law school, Chris began his legal career at a civil defense firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chris worked at the same firm for almost ten years and gained valuable experience litigating cases of all sorts, including oilfield injuries, wrongful death, automobile accidents, dram shop liability, workers’ compensation, professional malpractice, coverage disputes, and appeals.
In 2019, Chris jumped at the opportunity to join Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C. Chris is grateful for the opportunity to represent those who have been injured in an accident or who have experienced the untimely death of a loved one. Chris has a passion for his job and is dedicated to pursuing justice for the victims of wrongful conduct.
Chris has been married to his wife, Tiffany, since 2004. Chris and Tiffany have three beautiful children, Bailey, Alyssa, and Mason.
Licensed in New Mexico
Liz was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oklahoma. Before attending law school, Liz spent several years teaching English as a second language in Russia and Rwanda.
Liz attended law school at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While at OU Law, she served as an editor on the American Indian Law Review and was the Director of Judge Recruitment for the Board of Advocates. She received the Masterson Award for her work on American Indian Law Review, as well as the Class of 2019 Pro Bono award. She also received the Cindy Foley Award for her work with the OU Legal Clinic and was an Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellow. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, she served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Noma D. Gurich of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, as well as an intern for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at the United Nations. Liz graduated with Honors from OU Law in 2019.
Liz currently serves on the Young Alumni Advisory and Pro Bono Council for OU Law’s Center for International Business and Human Rights. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to exotic places, reading historical fiction books, and bike riding.