Law Quarterly: Notes and awards

Ballard Spahr attorney Booker Evans Jr. received the Legacy of Advocacy Award from the Student Bar Association of the William S. Boyd School of Law. The award celebrates an established member of the Nevada legal community who has made significant contributions to Nevada and the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Dickinson Wright attorney Cynthia Alexander received the Peter Perlman Service Award. The award recognizes Litigation Counsel of America Fellows who give their time and resources to improve the lives of others.

Mary Tran joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie as an associate in the gaming practice group. The firm recognized the following individuals for providing pro bono legal service: Brian Blakley, John Bragonje, Anthony Cabot, Howard Cole, Joel Henriod, Chris Jorgensen, Dale Kotchka-Alanes, Matthew Park, Karl Rutledge, Abraham Smith, Dan Waite and Meng Zhong. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie was named “Firm of the Year” for Nevada by Benchmark Litigation.

Solomon, Dwiggins & Freer attorneys who received an “AV” rated from Martindale-Hubbell are Mark Solomon, Dana Dwiggins, Alan Freer, Alex LeVeque and Jeff Luszeck.

Jessica Moyeda is an associate at Snell & Wilmer, focusing on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Attorney Bryan Gragg joined the board of directors of Aid for AIDS of Nevada. Gragg practices state and federal civil litigation with particular focus on construction litigation and complex commercial litigation. Partner Leon Mead II published “Nevada Construction Law.” He and Bob Olson are fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Las Vegas office won the United Way Campaign Pacesetter Award for the 2015-16 campaign and the United Way Live United 20 Award for the 2014-15 campaign.

Attorney Colin Seale, founder and CEO of ThinkLaw, received the Community Juvenile Justice Award at ACLUNV’s 50th anniversary gala for his advocacy and commitment to teaching young people about justice and fairness, and developing their critical thinking skills.

Allison Kheel is an associate attorney with Fisher Phillips. Kheel practices traditional labor law.

Attorney Beverly Salhanick was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Past Exalted Rulers Association of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1468.

Former Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Pete Bernhard received the Anti-Defamation League - Nevada’s Jurisprudence Award. His work has included major real estate transactions, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He is of counsel to law firm Kaempfer, Crowell, Renshaw, Gronauer & Fiorentino.

Joe Rajchel is outreach coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. Rajchel will focus his efforts on building community and coalition support for ACLUNV’s legal and policy programs.

McDonald Carano Wilson attorney P. Gregory Giordano is the chief editor of the First Edition of The Nevada Gaming Law Practice and Procedure Manual. Giordano wrote a chapter for the publication focusing on publicly traded corporations, private equity companies and institutional investors. The manual was published by the Gaming Law Section of the Nevada State Bar, of which Giordano is vice chairman.

Michael Lowry is a partner at Wilson Elser.

Brittany Birnbaum is an associate at the Law Office of Craig P. Kenny & Associates. Birnbaum practices in the areas of car accidents, work injuries and bad-faith insurance claims.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the performance of Peters and Associates attorney Judah Zakalik as Three Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

Mark Bourassa of the Bourassa Law Group is a Top Lawyer on Avvo. He also is on the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys’ list of 10 best. His firm received an “AV” ranking from Martindale-Hubbell and an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau, as well as accreditation from the Clark County Bar Association, the Nevada Justice Association and the American Justice Association.

Greenberg Traurig lawyers appearing in “Who’s Who Legal: ‘Labor, employments and benefits’” are Laurent Badoux, Jordan Cowman, Naomi Feinstein, Joseph Fleming, Robert Goldich, Richard McCrea Jr., Todd Wozniak, Peter Zinober.

Ava Schaefer, Robert Ryan and Shawn Walkenshaw practice commercial litigation at Pisanelli Bice.

Joshua Hicks is a partner with McDonald Carano. He will serve as chairman of the firm’s government affairs practice group and as a member of the tax practice group.

Jennifer Micheli is an attorney at Kolesar & Leatham who practices in the areas of complex civil litigation for torts and products liability, general civil litigation, premise liability, catastrophic injury, insurance defense and insurance law. David Edelblute practices in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law. Joseph Brown is of counsel. He practices government affairs, administrative law and business law.

Three Littler Mendelson attorneys have been appointed to the State Bar of Nevada’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s executive board. Matthew Cecil is vice chairman, Crystal Herrera is membership and communications chairwoman and Amy Baker is journal committee chairwoman.

Greenspoon Marder, which practices in highly regulated industries such as cannabis, health care, alcohol, firearms and tobacco, opened an office in Las Vegas with attorneys Phillip Silvestri, Neal Gidvani and Vincent Aiello. Silverstri and Gidvani represent creditors in default-related litigation, bankruptcy and foreclosure matters, as well as representing clients in the cannabis sector. Aiello’s practice encompasses business succession and asset-protection planning, employment law, fiduciary litigation and real and intellectual property development.

Tyson Hafen is an associate at Duane Morris, practicing business and commercial litigation, and insurance coverage.

Holland & Hart represented Marnell Gaming in the acquisition of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. Holland & Hart’s deal team was led by Reno partners Jim Newman and David Garcia and included Doug Flowers, Nathan Miller, Paige Coriden, Aaron Murdock, Dora Lane, Lindsay Silber, Elizabeth Nedrow, Scott Scherer, Adam Cohen, Bryce Alstead and Juliet Smith, among others.

Peter Ajemian is a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, working in the intellectual property department.

Ellen Schulhofer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s co-managing partner and managing partner of its Las Vegas office, joined the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Dean’s Council as a council member.

Steve Mauro is the chief operating officer of Fisher & Phillips. He replaces Mark Noonan, who retired after 16 years with the firm.

Gregory Cooper is of council at Greenberg Traurig. His practice encompasses corporate transactions including security offerings, mergers and acquisitions, compliance matters and general corporate advice.

Fennemore Craig’s Doug Cohen completed the process to become a personal injury specialist by the Nevada Justice Association recognized by the State Bar of Nevada.

Chambers Global 2016

Greenberg Traurig

• Mark Clayton — gaming

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

• Anthony Cabot — gaming and gambling (Star Individual)

Chambers USA

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

• David Arrajj — gaming/licensing

• Andrew Brignone — labor/employment: ERISA

• Jennifer Carleton — gaming/licensing

• Albert Kovacs — corporate/commercial

• Kirk Lenhard — litigation: general commercial

• Frank Schreck — gaming/licensing

• Ellen Schulhofer — corporate/commercial

• Angela Turriciano Otto — real estate

Dickinson Wright

• Kate Lowenhar-Fisher — gaming/licensing (Leaders in their Field)

• Jeffrey Silver — gaming/licensing (Leaders in their Field)

Fennemore Craig

• Michael Buckley — real estate

• Dan Reaser — gaming/licensing

• Jeff Zucker — corporate/commercial and real estate

• The firm also won awards for corporate commercial and real estate.

Fisher Phillips

• Scott Mahoney — labor/employment

• Mark Ricciardi — labor/employment

Greenberg Traurig

• Michael Bonner — corporate/commercial; gaming/licensing

• Mark Clayton — gaming/licensing

• Mark Ferrario — litigation: general commercial

• Jodi Goodheart — real estate

• John Jeppsen — corporate/commercial

• Jim Mace — real estate

• Gregg Vermeys — real estate

• The firm also won awards for corporate/commercial, gaming/licensing, litigation: general commercial and real estate.

Holland & Hart

• Bryce Alstead — environment

• Fritz Battcher — corporate/commercial

• J. Stephen Peek — litigation: general commercial

• Scott Scherer — gaming/licensing

• The firm also won awards for corporate/commercial, litigation: general commercial and real estate.

Kaempfer Crowell

• The firm won an award for real estate.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

• Michael Alonso — gaming/licensing

• Anthony Cabot — gaming/licensing

• Howard Cole — labor/employment

• Von Heinz — litigation: general commercial

• Sean McGuinness — gaming/licensing

• Dan Waite — litigation: general commercial

Pisanelli Bice

• The firm won an award for general commercial litigation.

Snell & Wilmer

• Patrick Byrne — litigation: general commercial (Leaders in their Field)

• Patricia Curtis — real estate (Leaders in their Field)

• Leon Mead II — litigation: construction (Leaders in their Field)

• Mandy Shavinsky — real estate (Leaders in their Field)

• Stephen Yoken — real estate (Leaders in their Field)

The firm also won awards for litigation: general commercial and real estate.

Mountain State Super Lawyers

Alverson, Taylor, Mortensen & Sanders

• Bruce Alverson — civil litigation: defense, personal injury-products: defense, professional liability: defense

• Shirley Blazich — civil litigation: defense, employment litigation: defense, health care

• Kurt Bonds — business/corporate, real estate: business, family law

• David Mortensen — health care, professional liability: defense, personal injury

• LeAnn Sanders — personal injury-medical malpractice: defense, employment and labor, personal injury products: defense

• Eric Taylor — general litigation

• Karie Wilson — civil litigation: defense

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

• David Arrajj — gaming/licensing

• Tamara Beatty Peterson — business litigation

• Laura Bielinski Langberg — business litigation, commercial property litigation

• Andrew Brignone — labor/employment: ERISA

• Adam Bult — business litigation

• Kirk Homeyer — business/corporate

• Leslie Terry Jones — real estate, business/corporate

• Albert Kovacs — corporate/commercial

• Kirk Lenhard — business litigation, civil litigation: defense, eminent domain

• Erin Lewis — intellectual property, entertainment and sports

• Bryce Loveland — employee benefits

• Rebecca Miltenberger — real estate: business

• Andy Moore — gaming

• Alisa Nave-Worth — business litigation, government relations

• Frank Schreck — gaming/licensing

• Ellen Schulhofer — corporate/commercial

• Angela Turriciano Otto — real estate: business, business/corporate

• Lindsey Williams — intellectual property

Dickinson Wright

• Gabe Blumberg — commercial and business litigation (Rising Star)

• Elizabeth Brickfield — estate planning and administration

• Justin Bustos — commercial and business litigation (Rising Star)

• John Dawson — estate planning and administration

• John Desmond — commercial and business litigation (Top 100 Lawyers in Nevada)

• Michael Feder — commercial and business litigation (Top 10 Lawyers in Nevada and Top 100 Lawyers in Nevada)

• Eric Hone — commercial and business litigation (Top 100 Lawyers in Nevada)

• Jennifer Ko Craft — intellectual property (Top 50 Women Lawyers in Nevada and Top 100 Lawyers in Nevada)

• John Krieger — intellectual property litigation (Top 100 Lawyers in Nevada)

• Kate Lowenhar-Fisher — gaming

• Joanna Myers — intellectual property (Rising Star)

• Matthew Policastro — estate planning and administration (Rising Star)

• Joel Schwarz — commercial and business litigation

• Jeffrey Silver — gaming

• Anjali Webster — commercial and business litigation (Rising Star)

Fennemore Craig

• Michael Buckley — real estate: business

• Christopher Byrd — construction litigation: business

• Douglas Cohen — personal injury - general: plaintiff

• Thomas Fell — bankruptcy

• Gary Goodheart — business litigation

• Mark Hawkins — real estate: business (Rising Star)

• Kevin Hejmanowski — general litigation (Rising Star)

• Samuel Lionel — business litigation

• John Mowbray — business litigation

• Bradley Richardson — business litigation

• Brenoch Wirthlin — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Jeff Zucker — real estate

Fisher Phillips

• Dave Dornak — employment litigation and labor arbitrations

• Scott Mahoney — labor/employment

• Mark Ricciardi — labor/employment

Greenberg Traurig

• Tyler Andrews — business litigation

• Michael Bonner — business/corporate

• Jacob Bundick — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Mark Clayton — gaming

• Tami Cowden — appellate

• Mark Ferrario — business litigation

• Philip Hymanson — business litigation

• Moorea Katz — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Jim Mace — real estate: business

• Christopher Miltenberger — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Shauna Norton — intellectual property (Rising Star)

• Eric Swanis — business litigation

• Lauri Thompson — intellectual property

• Mark Tratos — intellectual property

• Gregg Vermeys — real estate: business

Holland & Hart

• Robert Cassity — business litigation (Rising Star)

• David Freeman — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Bryce Kunimoto — business litigation

• Nicole Lovelock — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Stephen Peek — business litigation

• Patrick Reilly — business litigation

• Soraya Tabibi Aguirre — estate and probate (Rising Star)

Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey & Thompson

• Brian Boschee — business litigation, construction litigation

• Ogonna Brown — bankruptcy, business litigation

• J. Douglas Driggs — real estate, business/corporate

• Bryce Earl — intellectual property

• F. Thomas Edwards — business litigation, employment litigation

• Dennis Haney — construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution, business/corporate

• Richard Holley — bankruptcy, creditor debtor rights, civil litigation

• William Miller — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Cami Perkins — business/corporate, real estate, business litigation (Rising Star)

• James Puzey — business litigation

• Gregory Walch — environmental, eminent domain, energy and natural resources

Hutchison & Steffen

• Joseph Ganley — business litigation

• Mark Hutchison — business litigation

• Joseph “Sid” Kistler — business litigation

• Patricia Lee — general litigation

• Todd Moody — general litigation

• James Randall — person injury defense

• Jacob Reynolds — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Jeffrey Steffen — business/corporate

• John Steffen — real estate

• Michael Wall — business litigation

Jeffrey Burr

• Jeffrey Burr — tax and estate planning

Kaempfer Crowell

• Stephanie Allen — land use/zoning, government relations, real estate

• Pete Bernhard — business litigation, gaming, general litigation

• Lou Bubala — bankruptcy, business litigation, transportation/maritime

• Sev Carlson — energy and natural resources (Rising Star)

• Janet Chubb — bankruptcy, business litigation, real estate

• Bob Gronauer — land use/zoning, government relations, real estate

• Christopher Kaempfer — land use/zoning, administrative law

• Rob McCoy — business litigation, personal injury-products, banking (Rising Star)

• Lesley Miller — business litigation, gaming, administrative law (Rising Star)

• Jim Smyth — business litigation, civil litigation

Kolesar & Leatham

• Robert Caldwell — business litigation

• Scott Cook — civil litigation: defense

• Bart Larsen — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Nile Leatham — bankruptcy and business law

• Alan Lefebvre — construction litigation

• Aaron Maurice — business litigation

• Ryan Petersen — personal injury defense (Rising Star)

• William Schuller — general litigation (Rising Star)

• Shlomo Sherman — creditor debtor rights (Rising Star)

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

• John Bragonje — construction litigation

• Anthony Cabot — gaming

• Robert Charles Jr. — bankruptcy: business

• Howard Cole — employment and labor

• Von Heinz — business litigation

• Joel Henriod — appellate

• Marla Hudgens — appellate (Rising Star)

• Dale Kotchka-Alanes — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Glenn Light — gaming (Rising Star)

• Scott MacTaggart — business/corporate

• Michael McCue — IP litigation

• Matthew Park — business litigation

• Daniel Polsenberg — appellate

• Karl Rutledge — gaming (Rising Star)

• Dan Waite — business litigation

• Meng Zhong — IP litigation (Rising Star)


• Jennifer Braster — commercial litigation, construction law, lending and property disputes and animal law

• John Naylor — litigation: general commercial

McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth

• Jared P. Green — personal injury defense (Rising Star)

McDonald Carano Wilson

• Andrew Gabriel — real estate: business

• Kristen Gallagher — business litigation

• P. Gregory Giordano — gaming

• Pat Lundvall — employment & labor

• Robert McPeak — real estate: business, land use/zoning (Rising Star)n George Ogilvie III — construction litigation and complex construction litigation

• Amanda Perach — bankruptcy: business (Rising Star)

• Jeffrey Silvestri — commercial and complex litigation, appellate practice, gaming and administrative law, and government affairs and advocacy

• Scott Swain — tax and estate planning

• Ryan Works — corporate bankruptcy and insolvency and business litigation

• Amanda Yen — business litigation

Naqvi Injury Law

• Farhan Naqvi — personal injury, motor vehicle accidents and product liability

Peters and Associates

• Jason Kolbe — personal injury-general: plaintiff (Rising Star)

• Xenophon Peters — real estate: business, bankruptcy: business and consumer (Rising Star)

• Judah Zakalik — bankruptcy: consumer, real estate: consumer, personal injury-general: plaintiff (Rising Star)

Pisanelli Bice

• Todd Bice — general litigation, business litigation, legislative and governmental affairs

• James Pisanelli — business litigation, construction litigation: business

• Ava Schaefer — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Debra Spinelli — business litigation, appellate

Schwartz Flansburg

• Brian Blankenship — civil litigation, personal injury, business litigation (Rising Star)

• Frank Flansburg III — construction litigation, business litigation, general litigation

• Bryan Lindsey — bankruptcy, real estate: business, bankruptcy: consumer (Rising Star)

• Samuel Schwartz — bankruptcy, real estate: business, bankruptcy: consumer

Snell & Wilmer

• Patrick Byrne — business litigation

• Justin Carley — business litigation

• Joshua Cools — personal injury–products: defense (Rising Star)

• John Delikanakis — business litigation

• Kelly Dove — civil litigation: defense (Rising Star)

• Alexander Fugazzi — business litigation

• Suellen Fulstone — civil litigation: defense

• Charles Gianelloni — civil litigation: defense (Rising Star)

• Bryan Gragg — construction litigation (Rising Star)

• Blakeley Griffith — bankruptcy: business (Rising Star)

• David Gutke — personal injury-products: defense

• Daniel Ivie — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Robert Kinas — bankruptcy: business

• Leon Mead II — construction litigation

• Kade Miller — gaming (Rising Star)

• Bob Olson — bankruptcy: business

• Robin Perkins — civil litigation: defense (Rising Star)

• William Peterson — civil litigation: defense

• Jacey Prupas — general litigation (Rising Star)

• Karl Riley — business litigation (Rising Star)

• Jay Schuttert — personal injury–products: defense (Rising Star)

Solomon, Dwiggins & Freer

• Dana Dwiggins — estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate, business litigation

• Alan Freer — estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate, general litigation

• Alexander LeVeque — business litigation, estate and trust litigation, personal injury-general: plaintiff (Rising Star)

• Mark Solomon — estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate

• Brian Steadman — estate planning and probate, business/corporate, tax: business (Rising Star)

Nevada Business Magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite

Jolley Urga Woodbury & Little

• L. Christopher Rose — commercial litigation, real estate litigation, corporate law and litigation, restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, mechanic’s liens, and appellate law

Kaempfer Crowell

• Lou Bubala — bankruptcy, business litigation, transportation/maritime

• Janet Chubb — bankruptcy, business litigation, real estate

• Josh Correlli — business law, real estate and construction

• Rachel Sully — business law, estate planning and real estate transactions (Best Up and Coming)

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

• Brian Blakley — business and commercial litigation (Up and Coming Attorney)

• John Bragonje — litigation, real estate and construction litigation

• Zachary Gordon — intellectual property, copyright counseling and licensing, trademark clearance, counseling and prosecution

• Matthew Park — alternative dispute resolution, business and commercial litigation

• Daniel Polsenberg — appeals

• Karl Rutledge — gaming, internet gaming, contests and sweepstakes

North Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office

• Sandra Douglass Morgan — city attorney

• Bethany Sanchez — chief deputy city attorney

Schwartz Flansburg

• Frank Flansburg III — commercial, business and civil litigation

Snell & Wilmer

• Robert Anderson — federal income tax, emerging business, mergers and acquisitions

• Bradley Austin — commercial litigation (Best Up and Coming)

• Brian Blaylock — corporate and securities, mergers and aquisitions, and owner exit transactions (Best Up and Coming)

• Patrick Byrne — commercial, professional liability and real estate litigation

• Justin Carley — commercial and real estate litigation

• John Delikanakis — commercial litigation, administrative and appellate law

• Kelly Dove — appellate law, commercial litigation

• Chad Fears — commercial litigation, parmaceuticals and medical devices, product liability litigation

• Alex Fugazzi — commercial and real estate litigation, professional malpractice

• Charles Gianelloni — bankruptcy and reorganization, commercial litigation, real estate litigation and arbitration

• Richard Gordon — financial services and commercial litigation, securities litigation and investigations

• Blakeley Griffith — bankruptcy and reorganization (Best Up and Coming)

• Daniel Ivie — commercial and financial services litigation, receiverships

• Sarah Mead — commercial litigation and construction law (Best Up and Coming)

• Kade Miller — corporate and securities, real estate, tax credit finance

• Michael Paretti — commercial litigation (Best Up and Coming)

• Robin Perkins — commercial litigation, construction law

• William Peterson — commercial litigation, energy and utilities, personal injury

• Morgan Petrelli — commercial and product liability litigation

• Jacey Prupas — commercial litigation, insurance, personal injury

• Karl Riley — commercial litigation, labor/employment (Best Up and Coming)

• Jay Schuttert — personal injury–products: defense