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Litigation: General Commercial — Nevada


Campbell & Williams - Litigation Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading boutique fielding a strong bench of litigators highly experienced in all manner of complex business disputes including fraud and unfair practice claims. Represents a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients, often on major multijurisdictional litigation.

Notable practitioners

Donald Campbell is a highly respected and widely acknowledged litigator handling both civil and criminal cases. He receives high praise from market sources: "He's one of the most highly respected people here: Judges respect him and opposing counsel respect him. He's highly professional."

Colby Williams concentrates on First Amendment and product liability disputes, as well as advising on and corporate governance.

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Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP - Litigation Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Preeminent firm representing both plaintiff and defendant clients in an array of business litigation matters, as well as mediations and arbitrations. Experienced across a range of areas including construction, real estate and insurance.

Notable practitioners

Randall Jones is well respected by his peers, who say: "He is very professional. He comes across as a strong adversary. He is very respectful and very good at what he does." His standout practice emphasizes civil litigation, including mass torts and class actions.

Described as a "quiet genius," Will Kemp concentrates on complex commercial litigation. His mass tort and personal injury practice covers product liability and catastrophic injury litigation.

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Since its formation in 1993, Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP has earned a prestigious reputation litigating on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and business litigation, construction and lien litigation, and real estate cases, while also successfully championing the legal rights of consumers in class actions. 

Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP was a pioneer in Nevada's construction defect litigation and continues to be a progressive force in this field, having successfully tried to verdict the first - and most recently, the largest - construction defect class action in the state on behalf of Southern Nevada homeowners.

As innovators in multi-district product defect litigation and other mass torts, the firm has prosecuted hundreds of claims against medical device and pharmaceutical drug companies and was instrumental in making the tobacco industry accountable to smokers.

The firm's appellate practice is also first rate, as its skilled advocates represent clients before the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United State Supreme Court, victoriously obtaining a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court in the 84,000 member class action, Humana v. Forsyth.

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Pisanelli Bice PLLC - Litigation Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished boutique providing quality representation in a range of commercial litigation for local gaming and hotel resorts, governmental bodies and construction companies. Highly experienced at both trial and appellate level in issues arising out of corporate and real estate transactions, including M&A and major property developments. Also active on constitutional and election law disputes.

Strengths Sources report: "If I had a matter, I would be comfortable with anyone there defending me."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel for Wynn Resorts in high-stakes litigation connected with the 2012 decision to deem former director Kazuo Okada as unsuitable.

Represented Cantor Gaming in litigation against a former employee and Brandywine Bookmaking. Actions brought included breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

Notable practitioners

James Pisanelli is recognized as an outstanding litigator in the Nevada market with a practice that concentrates on commercial litigation, including gaming, defamation, healthcare and construction cases.

Todd Bice handles litigation at both trial and appellate level. His primary areas of focus include constitutional rights, election law and defamation. His practice also covers breach of contract and fiduciary duty litigation.

About the Team (content provided by Pisanelli Bice PLLC)

Southern Nevada’s dynamic and diverse business and entrepreneurial culture has shaped a complex and truly unique legal environment. Founding partners Jim Pisanelli and Todd Bice have thrived in this environment, earning reputations as two of the state’s most respected oral advocates, in both trial and appellate courts, for complex commercial and bet-the-company litigation. Their professional history involves work with many high-profile clients, including Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Nevada Resort Association, Inc. and others.

We hold an abiding belief that our small and highly professional team’s central and uniform focus on litigation allows us to work closely with our carefully chosen clientele and concentrate on each specific client’s needs and concerns. We pride ourselves on our acumen, intelligence, and ingenuity, which have long provided success for our clients.

The boutique nature of our firm also allows us to implement alternative fee arrangements that benefit the needs and goals of our clients. We work on traditional hourly arrangements and are also open to creative structures based upon shared risk and value. We collaborate closely with our clients to determine a plan that works best for them.

In addition, we commit ourselves to community building, charity, and pro bono work. We are dedicated to making our skills and abilities available to the community, including those who cannot afford legal representation.

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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP - Litigation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected firm providing a strong commercial litigation offering to major gaming, manufacturing and financial services corporations. Demonstrates significant breadth of expertise in shareholder, derivative and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Well versed in handling disputes arising in the construction and healthcare arenas as well as a variety of other high-stakes business disputes. Also offers expertise in intellectual property and gaming law.

Strengths A client reports: "The attorneys I have worked with at Brownstein have provided excellent service and results. I have used other firms and the main thing that sets them apart is their practical advice and business-oriented approach to solving problems."

Work highlights Acted for Hyde Park of Newport Beach in a multimillion-dollar claim against contractor Mackenzie Keck. The claim alleged breach of the contractor's agreement and diverted payments.

Notable practitioners

Kirk Lenhard is held in high regard by market commentators, who describe him as "an excellent litigator handling commercial disputes." Lenhard leads the firm's litigation practice and also guides cases through mediation and arbitration.

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Holland & Hart LLP - Litigation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its solid experience in a range of commercial litigation related to corporate and real estate transactions, as well as construction disputes. Draws on its extensive network of regional offices to provide clients with well-rounded advice across a range of industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate that they "get full service, full attention and the best legal advice for our circumstances. We have never had a more professional experience."

Notable practitioners

Stephen Peek regularly works with banking and gaming clients in commercial litigation, with a particular specialty as a trial lawyer. Sources report that "he is a superb trial lawyer and is very effective."

Patrick Reilly handles a range of trials and appeals on behalf of his clients, which include financial institutions. Sources comment on his prowess in court, noting that "he is a very formidable opponent and an excellent cross-examiner."

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP - Litigation Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid capabilities across all manner of complex commercial disputes arising out of the financial, insurance, construction and energy sectors. Exhibits increasing strengths in cross-border matters, often acting for large public and private corporations in high-stakes trials and appeals. Significant appellate practice, regularly representing clients in bet-the-company cases.

Notable practitioners

Von Heinz is "well liked in the community and by the judges," say sources. His litigation practice is broad and covers complex commercial cases as well as employment litigation.

Dan Waite is described by commentators as a "very good commercial litigator." His areas of expertise include real estate and contract disputes.

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McDonald Carano - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed regional firm fielding a strong bench of attorneys experienced in the full spectrum of commercial litigation, often representing clients before trial and appellate courts. Retained by companies hailing from a diverse range of areas including the energy, environmental and education sectors. Particularly strong in construction litigation, handling complex disputes for a range of national and regional construction companies.

Strengths Sources note the firm's "talent and history in the state," with one appreciating that "it's always easy to work with them."

Notable practitioners

George Ogilvie stands out for his expertise in construction law and litigation. Sources report that "he's recognized as one of the top construction lawyers in the state; he's an excellent litigator." His practice also covers issues in environmental and energy law.

Pat Lundvall heads up both the employment and labor law and litigation practice groups at the firm. Market commentators note that "she does a wide variety of corporate disputes work and is very effective at what she does."

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Commercial & Complex Litigation​

If your bottom line or even the future of your company are at stake, McDonald Carano is the right choice for litigation counsel. Our litigators offer one of the most comprehensive, sophisticated, productive and effectual dispute resolution practices in Nevada. We deliver seasoned, honed and proven abilities in all areas of problem solving, ranging from artful diplomacy and swift resolution; to traditional litigation, trial and appellate advocacy; to arbitration and mediation. Our team is involved in complex claims and class action defense in both state and federal court, at the appellate and Supreme Court levels, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies.

Construction Law & Litigation

McDonald Carano protects the rights of local, regional, national and international clients involved in both private and public works projects and in disputes throughout the state and beyond. Owners, developers, design professionals, general construction contractors, subcontractors and suppliers all turn to us to ensure that their construction projects remain viable and successful. Our team resolves every type of construction law dispute. Our experience ranges from pre-project counseling and negotiation to mediation, arbitration and litigation through trial and, when necessary, on appeal. That deep bench of experience allows us to ably navigate and overcome even the most problematic and potentially expensive construction challenges.



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Bailey Kennedy - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognized for its solid defense work for multinational corporations in high-profile class action and individual claims. Bolsters its offering with significant experience in healthcare, real estate and gaming matters. Also provides counsel on partnership disputes, antitrust and unfair competition claims and breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Kennedy is widely regarded as a strong attorney, with sources saying: "He has a good reputation with mass tort cases." His areas of expertise include healthcare litigation, antitrust and class actions.

John Bailey concentrates on corporate litigation and is noted by peers for his knowledge of gaming law. He is also noted for representing clients in the healthcare and tourism industries.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm acting in bet-the-company type litigation for a range of high-profile media and entertainment, sports and construction clients. Regularly mandated on a whole host of complex commercial, banking and real estate-related disputes. Represents clients in state and federal courts as well as handling matters brought before regulatory bodies.

Strengths Sources reveal that they have found the team to be "incredibly responsive," going on to say: "We've been pleased with the quality of the work product and the efficiency with which they have handled it."

Clients enjoy the team's "high level of specialty and expertise."

Work highlights Represented My Entertainment TV in a media challenge before the Nevada Supreme Court and District Court.

Represented a marketing company as the plaintiff in litigation concerning sovereign immunity and breach of contract by a government entity. The plaintiff received an award in arbitration and a final settlement in lieu of appeals.

Notable practitioners

Mark Ferrario takes on a range of complex civil disputes, including securities and contract litigation. Sources call him "a top-rate lawyer" and note that he is "well respected by the judges and is an excellent litigator."

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Santoro Whitmire - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong litigation boutique specializing in civil and commercial disputes. Places emphasis on contract litigation and business law disputes. Represents a diverse client base ranging from gaming companies to real estate developers.

Notable practitioners

Described as "one of the best litigators in the entire state," Nicholas Santoro focuses on business torts and construction litigation, with peers also noting his expertise in real estate disputes.

James Whitmire is noted for his expertise in commercial litigation, tort, insurance and employment law. He handles trade secrets cases, noncompete issues and unfair business practice disputes.

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Snell & Wilmer LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong litigation group with a deep bench of attorneys skilled in both trial and appellate disputes as well as alternative dispute resolution. Particular expertise in a range of commercial and construction disputes including those relating to real estate, corporate and gaming transactions. Counsels a number of significant public and private companies, particularly in the financial services and healthcare industries.

Work highlights Defended Tiberti Construction against a $1.3 million claim filed by a hotel developer for insurance-related proceeds the developer claimed belonged to it.

Represented HH Seismic in litigation brought against it by American Quantum Energy Corporation. Claims brought against the client included alleged failure to finalize a business venture agreement and the wrongful dissemination of confidential trade secret information.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Byrne works with Fortune 500 and smaller private companies, frequently advising them on business torts and real estate matters. He is well liked by his peers, who report that "he's a very good lawyer" and cite his reputation across the state.

About the Team (content provided by Snell & Wilmer LLP)

Snell & Wilmer's commercial litigation law firm team comprises highly experienced and talented trial and appellate attorneys. While we are able to proceed to trial or engage in other forms of alternative dispute resolution in any case, and have built an impressive track record of service and experience, we also look for opportunities for business-driven solutions. We regularly counsel clients on how to parlay the primary business litigation triggers of today into a better and more productive tomorrow with advice aimed at preventing commercial disputes. We utilize our courtroom experience to protect our clients’ interests in a manner that is consistent with their existing business objectives.

Our commercial litigation clients span every industry and include major corporations, mid-sized and emerging businesses, educational and research institutions, municipalities and government agencies, nonprofits, charitable organizations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals. Our clients are based throughout the region, nation and world. We strive to earn our first-time clients’ trust, and reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with returning clients.

While our most dominant litigation venues are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah, where our law offices are located, most of our commercial litigators are admitted in and/or have practiced in multiple jurisdictions in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

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Campbell & Williams

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Campbell is a highly respected and widely acknowledged litigator handling both civil and criminal cases. He receives high praise from market sources: "He's one of the most highly respected people here: Judges respect him and opposing counsel respect him. He's highly professional."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Ferrario takes on a range of complex civil disputes, including securities and contract litigation. Sources call him "a top-rate lawyer" and note that he is "well respected by the judges and is an excellent litigator."

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Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randall Jones is well respected by his peers, who say: "He is very professional. He comes across as a strong adversary. He is very respectful and very good at what he does." His standout practice emphasizes civil litigation, including mass torts and class actions.

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Bailey Kennedy

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Kennedy is widely regarded as a strong attorney, with sources saying: "He has a good reputation with mass tort cases." His areas of expertise include healthcare litigation, antitrust and class actions.

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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kirk Lenhard is held in high regard by market commentators, who describe him as "an excellent litigator handling commercial disputes." Lenhard leads the firm's litigation practice and also guides cases through mediation and arbitration.

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Morris Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe Steve Morris of Morris Law Group as "fantastic," adding that "he's respected by the local Bench for good reason and is a straight shooter." He handles a range of contentious issues, including First Amendement and contract matters.

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Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Peek regularly works with banking and gaming clients in commercial litigation, with a particular specialty as a trial lawyer. Sources report that "he is a superb trial lawyer and is very effective."

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James J Pisanelli

Pisanelli Bice PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Pisanelli is recognized as an outstanding litigator in the Nevada market with a practice that concentrates on commercial litigation, including gaming, defamation, healthcare and construction cases.

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Nicholas J Santoro

Santoro Whitmire

From the Chambers USA guide

Described as "one of the best litigators in the entire state," Nicholas Santoro focuses on business torts and construction litigation, with peers also noting his expertise in real estate disputes.

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Pisanelli Bice PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Todd Bice handles litigation at both trial and appellate level. His primary areas of focus include constitutional rights, election law and defamation. His practice also covers breach of contract and fiduciary duty litigation.

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Snell & Wilmer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Byrne works with Fortune 500 and smaller private companies, frequently advising them on business torts and real estate matters. He is well liked by his peers, who report that "he's a very good lawyer" and cite his reputation across the state.

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Von Heinz is "well liked in the community and by the judges," say sources. His litigation practice is broad and covers complex commercial cases as well as employment litigation. 

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McDonald Carano

From the Chambers USA guide

Pat Lundvall heads up both the employment and labor law and litigation practice groups at the firm. Market commentators note that "she does a wide variety of corporate disputes work and is very effective at what she does."

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Robison, Belaustegui, Sharp & Low

From the Chambers USA guide

Kent Robison of Robison, Belaustegui, Sharp & Low is recognized for his work in complex litigation and his depth of trial experience. His practice includes business torts and construction litigation.

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Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish

From the Chambers USA guide

William Urga of Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish maintains a broad-based contentious practice with knowledge of real estate, business litigation and gaming law.

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Santoro Whitmire

From the Chambers USA guide

James Whitmire is noted for his expertise in commercial litigation, tort, insurance and employment law. He handles trade secrets cases, noncompete issues and unfair business practice disputes.

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Bailey Kennedy

From the Chambers USA guide

John Bailey concentrates on corporate litigation and is noted by peers for his knowledge of gaming law. He is also noted for representing clients in the healthcare and tourism industries.

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Tamara Beatty Peterson

Peterson Baker, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tamara Peterson of Peterson Baker, PLLC concentrates of commercial litigation and is well versed in both arbitrations and trials. She has expertise in handling litigation concerning financial services.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Desmond of Dickinson Wright PLLC maintains a broad contentious practice with experience in contractual disputes and intellectual property. He is noted for his work with clients in the health industry.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Feder of Dickinson Wright PLLC is noted for his focus on RICO, real estate litigation, trademark infringement and unfair competition law. He enjoys a diverse practice and frequently advises clients on matters involving employment law, business litigation and partnership disputes.

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Hejmanowski & McCrea

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Hejmanowski of Hejmanowski & McCrea is noted for his work in high-value litigation, with a particular emphasis on civil litigation. His work has covered sporting litigation and real estate development disputes.

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Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described as a "quiet genius," Will Kemp concentrates on complex commercial litigation. His mass tort and personal injury practice covers product liability and catastrophic injury litigation.

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Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Reilly handles a range of trials and appeals on behalf of his clients, which include financial institutions. Sources comment on his prowess in court, noting that "he is a very formidable opponent and an excellent cross-examiner."

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dan Waite is described by commentators as a "very good commercial litigator." His areas of expertise include real estate and contract disputes.

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Campbell & Williams

From the Chambers USA guide

Colby Williams concentrates on First Amendment and product liability disputes, as well as advising on and corporate governance.

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