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Now’s your chance to take the law into your own hands — in a manner of speaking, anyway:

With Desert Companion’s Top Lawyers list. In the pages that follow, you’ll find more than 600 of Southern Nevada’s  most recommended lawyers. Whether you need legal guidance to clinch a real estate deal or you’re just trying to get your personal finances back on track, our list of local legal eagles covers it all.

How did we do it? To put together a list of top area lawyers, we invited LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, the company that has long set the standard for peer review ratings, to share their list of local lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence. The result: A powerful list that contains information about the brightest legal minds in the state.

How to use this guide
Areas of legal practice are listed alphabetically. Below those, lawyers are listed, alphabetized by firm; specialties are provided below that, followed by the address, phone number and website.

How we chose Desert Companion’s Top Lawyers
Generations of lawyers have relied on Lexis Nexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. With a history spanning 140 years, the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network is powered by a database of more than 1 million lawyers and law firms in more than 160 countries. Thousands of people use the network every day to find local attorneys, confirm their credentials and select firms that provide services for their personal and professional legal needs.

To create this list of Top Lawyers in Southern Nevada, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® tapped its comprehensive database of Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ to identify lawyers who have been rated by their peers to be AV® Preeminent™ — the highest Peer Review Rating available.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are driven by the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who receive invitations from LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, via an online survey or by mail, to provide reviews of lawyers of whom they have professional knowledge. Peer Review Rated lawyers are not required to have a paid listing on Lawyers.comSM or®. To learn more about Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, please go to

These lawyers can be found online at and®, in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory in print and CD-ROM formats, and online through the LexisNexis® services and at®.

Personal Injury
Thomas Christensen 
Christensen Law Offices
Products liability, medical negligence
1000 S. Valley View Blvd., 870-1000

Bradley L. Kenny
Craig P. Kenny and Associates
501 S. Eighth St., 380-2800

Ronald W. Truman
Dixon, Truman, Fisher and Clifford, PC
Catastrophic injury, wrongful death
221 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite A, 821-1821

Eric Dobberstein
Dobberstein and Associates
Construction litigation, business law
8965 S. Eastern, Suite 280, 382-4002

Eckley Martin Keach
Eckley M. Keach, CHTD
520 S. Fourth St., 384-5563

Bradley J. Myers
Eglet Wall, LLP
Catastrophic injury, wrongful death
400 S. Fourth St., Suite 600, City Centre Place, 450-5400

G. Dallas Horton
G. Dallas Horton and Associates
General liability, trust and estate litigation
4435 S. Eastern Ave., 380-3100

David L. Thomas
G. Dallas Horton and Associates
4435 S. Eastern Ave., 380-3100

Lewis J. Gazda
Gazda and Tadayon
Motor vehicle accidents, products liability
2600 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 200, 220-7128

George T. Bochanis
George T. Bochanis Law Offices
Wrongful death, workers’ compensation
631 S. Ninth St., 388-2005

Aubrey Goldberg
Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, PC
Workers’ compensation law
601 S. Ninth St., 384-1616

Michael D. Haight
Henness and Haight, Injury Attorneys
Automobile accidents, wrongful death
8972 Spanish Ridge Ave., 862-8200

Mark G. Henness
Henness and Haight, Injury Attorneys
Automobile accidents, wrongful death
8972 Spanish Ridge Ave., 862-8200

Douglas M. Cohen
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
Premises liability, civil trial
300 S. Fourth Street, Suite 1400, 14th Floor, Bank of America Building, 692-8000

William R. Brenske
Law Office of William R. Brenske
Wrongful death, medical malpractice
630 S. Third St., 385-3300

Bernard Walter
Law Offices of Bernard Walter
Automobile accidents and injuries, negligence
723 S. Casino Center Blvd., Second Floor, 493-6257

Neal K. Hyman
Morris, Sullivan and Lemkul, LLP
Construction defects
2441 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 120, 933-4171

Cal J. Potter, III
Potter Law Offices, PC
Brain injury, automobile accidents and injuries
1125 Shadow Lane, 385-1954

James V. Lavelle, III
Pursiano Barry Lavelle, LLP
Medical malpractice, construction defects
851 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 260, 233-3063

Richard A. Harris
Richard Harris
Law Firm
Wrongful death, insurance bad faith
801 S. Fourth St., 444-4444

Robert M. Apple
Robert M. Apple and Associates
Real estate law, probate
623 S., Eighth St., 646-0085

Norman A. Ryan
Ryan Mercaldo and Worthington, LLP
Products liability, breach of contract
5588 S. Fort Apache Road, Suite 110, 880-9222

Samuel A. Harding
Sam Harding Law Firm
1100 E. Bridger Ave., 384-8023

Frederic I. Berkley
Sklar Williams, PLLC
Alternative dispute resolution, appellate practice
410 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 350, 360-6000

James J. Jackson
Thorndal, Armstrong, Delk, Balkenbush and Eisinger, PC
Insurance defense, trials and appeals
1100 E. Bridger Ave., 366-0622

Robert Darby  Vannah
Vannah Costello Vannah and Ganz
Products liability, insurance bad faith
400 S. Fourth St., Sixth Floor, 369-4161

Robert A. Winner
Winner and Carson, PC
Administrative law, Public Service Commission
510 S. Eighth St., 471-1111

Gary Thompson
Traffic violations
4750 W. Flamingo Road, Suite B

Allen A. Cap
Cap and Kudler
Attorneys at Law
Business litigation, automobile accidents and injuries
3202 W. Charleston Blvd., 878-8778

Richard W. Myers
Crockett and Myers
700 S. Third St. 382-6711

Steven M. Burris
Steve M. Burris and Associates
Motor vehicle accidents and injuries, premises liability
2810 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite E-46, 258-6238

Andrew J. Thomas
Thomas and Springberg, PC
Truck accidents
844 E. Sahara Ave., 731-9222

Albert D. Massi
3202 W. Charleston Blvd.

Personal Injury Trial Law
John W. Turner
Scientific law, technical matters
897 Las Palomas Drive, (281) 280-8592

Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
Vaughn A. Crawford
Snell and Wilmer, LLP
Professional liability litigation, product liability litigation
3883 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 1100, 784-5200

Premises Liability and Security Issues
J. Mitchell Cobeaga
The Cobeaga Law Firm
550 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite D, 240-2499

Probate and Real Estate
John R. Mugan
Jeffrey Burr, Ltd.
Trust administration, trust litigation
2600 Paseo Verde Parkway, 433-4455

Probate and Trust Law
Charles William Johnson
Law Offices of Johnson and Johnson
530 S. Fourth St., 384-2830

Probate Law
Dara J. Goldsmith
Goldsmith and Guymon, PC
Estate planning, business planning
2055 Village Center Circle, (866) 673-3477

Robert L. Morris
Grant Morris Dodds
Guardianship, elder law
2520 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 319, 938-2244

John P. Foley
Law Offices of Elizabeth Foley
Wills, trusts and estates
601 S. Rancho Drive, Suite A-1, Quall Park II, 475-9251

Nicholas A. Perrino
Criminal defense law, personal injury law
2420 La Seyne Court

Probate Litigation
Dana A. Dwiggins
Solomon Dwiggins and Freer, Ltd.
Trust litigation, commercial litigation
9060 W. Cheyenne Ave., 853-5483

Product Liability Defense Litigation
Greg W. Marsh
Law Offices of Greg W. Marsh, CHTD, PC
Public utility defense litigation, medical malpractice
731 S. Seventh St., 387-0052

Product Liability
James D. Carraway
Carraway and Associates, LLC
Construction defect litigation
7674 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 215,

David A. Clinton
Clinton and Clinton 
Toxic torts, environmental litigation
530 Seventh St., 385-0955

Professional Liability
Eric K. Taylor
Alverson, Taylor, Mortensen and Sanders
Commercial litigation, construction litigation
7401 W. Charleston Blvd., 384-7000

Joseph P. Garin
Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer and Garin, PC
Insurance defense, employment law
9080 W. Post Road, Suite 100, 382-1500

Professional Malpractice
R. Mac Prout
Prout LeVangie, LLP
Employment law, sports law
7251 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 300, 562-4044

Public Finance
Jennifer Stern
Swendseid and Stern
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 500, 387-6073

John O. Swendseid
Swendseid and Stern
State and local government law, housing
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 500, 387-6073

Real Estate
Elizabeth S. Ashley
Ashley Law Group
Civil litigation, children’s rights
1880 E. Warm Springs Road, Suite 130, 837-6605

Troy L. Atkinson
Atkinson and Watkins, LLP
Civil litigation
6720 Via Austi Parkway, Suite 170, 562-6000

Bill Curran
Ballard Spahr, LLP
Consumer financial services, government relations
100 N. City Parkway, Suite 1750, 471-7000

Douglas D. Gerrard
Gerrard Cox Larsen
Municipal finance, bankruptcy
2450 Saint Rose Parkway, Suite 200, 796-4000

Jim Mace
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 400 N., 792-3773

Jodi R. Goodheart
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
Commercial law, mergers and
300 S. Fourth Street, Suite 1400, 14th Floor, Bank of America Building, 692-8000

John M. Netzorg
Law Offices of John M. Netzorg
Commercial litigation
2810 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite H-81, 878-3400

Layne J. Butt
Layne J. Butt, Ltd.
1496 E. Lawman Court, 361-1391

K. Michael Leavitt
Leavitt, Sully and Rivers
Business organizations, real estate development
601 E. Bridger Ave., 382-5111

Matthew E. Watson
Lionel Sawyer and Collins
Real estate finance, real property transactions
300 S. Fourth St., 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 383-8888

Edward C. Lubbers
Lubbers Law
Land use, corporate
8345 W. Sunset Road, Suite 250, 257-7575

Albert G. Marquis
Marquis Aurbach Coffing, PC
Business law, business planning
10001 Park Run Drive, 382-0711

Peter B. Mortenson
Mortenson and Rafie, LLP
Contracts, commercial litigation
10781 W. Twain Ave., 363-4190

James Walton
Nitz, Walton and Heaton, Ltd., PC
Litigation, employment discrimination
601 S. 10th St., Suite 201, 474-4004

Stephen M. Rice
Rice Silbey Reuther and Sullivan, LLP
Business law, partnership law
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 700, 732-9099

Stephen M. Sullivan
Rice Silbey Reuther and Sullivan, LLP
Business law, corporate law
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 700, 732-9099

Brian A. Larson
Shuffle Master, Inc.
Corporate, partnership
1106 Palms Airport Drive, Suite 120, 897-7150

Barry Mitidiere
Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman and Rabkin, LLP
Construction defect litigation
3556 E. Russell Road, Second Floor, 341-5200

John R. Erickson
Woods Erickson Whitaker and Maurice, LLP
Business law,
secured lending
1349 W. Galleria Drive, Suite 200, 433-9696

Ellen C. Bachman
Banking, municipal finance
10933 Fort Valley Ave.

Real Estate and Fiduciary Litigation
Dan R. Waite
Lewis and Roca, LLP
Commercial litigation, construction litigation 3993 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 600, 949-8200

Real Estate Law
Charles W. Deaner
Deaner, Malan, Larsen and Ciulla
Probate law, transactional law
720 S. Fourth St., Suite 300, 382-6911

Michael E. Buckley
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
Commercial law, financing law
300 S. Fourth Street, Suite 1400, 14th Floor, Bank of America Building, 692-8000

Laura Wightman Fitzsimmons
3216 W. Charleston Blvd., (775) 841-3000

Mark H. Goldstein
Lionel Sawyer and Collins
Corporate law, securities law
300 S. Fourth St., 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 383-8888

Steve Lane
Holland and Hart, LLP
Commercial litigation, probate
9555 Hillwood Drive, 669-4600

Earl Monsey
Intermountain W. Communications Company
Mortgage law, commercial law
1500 Foremaster Lane, 642-3333

Steven Marzullo
Law Offices of Steven Marzullo, Ltd., PC
Corporate law, civil litigation
626 S. Third St., 382-2522

Gary E. Schnitzer
Kravitz, Schnitzer, Sloane and Johnson, CHTD
Commercial litigation law, corporate law
8985 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 200, 362-6666

Renee R. Reuther
Rice Silbey Reuther and Sullivan, LLP
Business, commercial law
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 700, 732-9099

Robert A. Wilmot
Robert A. Wilmot, Attorney at Law
Estate planning, business law
4540 Paseo El Rio Drive, 433-7125

Mark C. Scott, Jr.
Business law, corporate law
1620 S. 15th St.

Real Estate Litigation
Susan Williams Scann
Commercial litigation, bankruptcy
200 Lewis Ave.

Real Estate Transactions
Douglas R. Malan
Deaner, Malan, Larsen and Ciulla
Business transactions and consulting, planning and zoning
720 S. Fourth St., Suite 300, 382-6911

Real Property Development
John E. Leach
Leach Johnson Song and Gruchow
Homeowners’ association law, condominium association law
8945 W. Russell Road, Suite 330, 538-9074

Residential Construction Defect Litigation
J. Randall Jones
Kemp, Jones and Coulthard, LLP
Commercial  litigation, construction law
3800 Howard Hughes Parkway, 17th Floor, Wells Fargo Tower,

Gary R. Henrie
Gary R. Henrie,
Attorney at Law
Estate planning, corporate
2510 E. Sunset Road, Unit 5-777, (801) 310-1419

Bryan M. Williams
Sklar Williams, PLLC
Technology, corporate
410 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 350, 360-6000

Troy A. Wallin
Wallin Harrison, PLC
Real estate Law, corporate and transactions
10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150, 851-5875

William J. Silbey
Venture capital financing,
corporate law
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 700

Social Security Disability
Gerald Morris Welt
Gerald M. Welt, CHTD
703 S. Eighth St., 382-2030

Tax Law
Mark L. Dodds
Grant Morris Dodds
Estate planning, probate
2520 St. Rose Parkway, Suite 319, 938-2244

Douglas McLellan Edwards
Edwards and Chambers, LLP
Estate planning, wealth management
10191 Park Run Drive, Suite 110, 242-5282

Tax Liens Law
Robert D. Grossman, Jr.
Tax Law Center, LLC
Tax litigation, tax appeals
6236 Laredo St., 251-9696

Dan C. McGuire
Lionel Sawyer and Collins
Business law
300 S. Fourth St., 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 383-8888

Richard A. Oshins
Oshins and Associates, LLC
Estate planning, business planning
1645 Village Center Circle, Suite 170, 341-6000

Sheldon M. Sisson
Real estate, appellate practice
7014 La Cienega St., (818) 609-8969

Steven T. Jaffe
Hall Jaffe and Clayton, LLP
Negligence, products liability
7455 W. Washington Ave., Suite 460, 316-4111

Michael J. McCue
Lewis and Roca, LLP
Copyrights, Internet law
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 600, 949-8200

Zev E. Kaplan
Zev E. Kaplan, Ltd.
Administrative law, corporate law
P.O. Box 370836, 324-8454

Trial and Appellate Litigation
Alan J. Lefebvre
Kolesar and Leatham
Construction law, commercial litigation
400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 400, 362-7800

Trial Practice
Benjamin E. Patterson
Hall Prangle and Schoonveld, LLC
Health care litigation, product liability
777 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 225, 889-6400

Michael E. Prangle
Hall Prangle and Schoonveld, LLC
Health care litigation
777 N. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 225, 889-6400

Truck Liability
Victor Alan Perry
Perry and Westbrook, PC
Professional liability, products liability law
1707 W. Charleston, Suite 200, 870-2400

Jay R. Larsen
Gerrard Cox Larsen
Probate, estate administration
2450 Saint Rose Parkway, Suite 200, 796-4000

Rory J. Reid
Lionel Sawyer and Collins
Administrative law, governmental affairs
300 S. Fourth St., 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 383-8888

Trusts and Estates
Jeffrey C. Boyce
Boyce and Gianni, LLP
Tax law, corporate law
1701 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 8A, 898-6322

Robert L. Bolick
Durham Jones and Pinegar, PC
Asset protection, tax
10785 W. Twain Ave., Suite 200, 870-6060

Scott A. Swain
McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP
Business law, taxation law
2300 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 1000, 873-4100

Kirk D. Kaplan
Roland and Kaplan
Business planning, taxation
6480 W. Spring Mountain Road, Suite 4, 202-4153

Mark A. Solomon
Solomon Dwiggins and Freer, Ltd.
Probate law, general civil litigation
9060 W. Cheyenne Ave., 853-5483

White Collar Criminal Defense
Stephen M. Dichter
Christian, Kravitz, Dichter, Johnson and Sluga
Business litigation, products liability
8985 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 200, 362-6666

William A. Beam, Jr.
Probate, trusts
537 Lambeth Court, (727) 894-5153

Work Accidents
Michael A. McOsker
Craig P. Kenny and Associates
Car accidents, personal injury
501 S. Eighth St., 380-2800

Workers’ Compensation Law
Dean A. Hardy
Hardy and Hardy, PC
7175 N. Durango Drive, Suite 270, 366-1366

Stephen L. Weiss
Weiss and Weiss
2300 W. Sahara Ave., P.O. Box 34, 933-5500

Marvin Samuel Gross
King, Gross and Sutcliffe
3017 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 50, 870-3555

Kirby J. Smith
Lionel Sawyer and Collins
Management employment law, products liability defense
300 S. Fourth St., 1700 Bank of America Plaza, 383-8888

Kenneth R. Berman
Personal injury law
P.O. Box 370006, 838-7047

William B. Werner
Employment law litigation, employee benefits
4505 Maryland Parkway, P.O. Box 456021

Wrongful Death
J. R. Crockett, Jr.
Crockett and Myers
Personal injury
700 S. Third St., 382-6711

Robert T. Eglet
Eglet Wall, LLP
Personal injury, brain and spinal cord injury
400 S. Fourth St., Suite 600, City Centre Place, 450-5400



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