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Gregory E. Garman

Mr. Garman is a founding member and has been consistently rated one of the top bankruptcy and business restructuring attorneys in the country. His practice is concentrated in commercial and corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. He regularly represents debtors, trustees, official committees, secured creditors and other parties in matters involving hospitality, lending, high tech, gaming, airlines and real estate, among others. He has an active legal practice that is focused on assisting companies with financial restructuring and business reorganization. His strong judgment and negotiating skills as well as his “big picture” outlook have earned him recognition from his peers. Mr. Garman was named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in 2015 for bankruptcy restructuring and was separately named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 for bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Garman recently finished assisting a prominent regional development company in the restructuring of more than $250,000,000 in long-term debt. He also represents more than $350,000,000 in statutory lien holders in the ongoing Fontainebleau bankruptcy cases pending before a Florida Bankruptcy Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court. Mr. Garman previously represented Black Gaming LLC in its successful pre-packaged bankruptcy that resulted in the reduction of its long-term debt from $225,000,000 to $67,000,000. He currently represents a who’s who of developers, hedge funds and distressed companies. Prior to founding Garman Turner Gordon, Mr. Garman served as managing partner for Gordon Silver, a position he held since 2008.

Distinctions

  • BV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of the Year” Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2018
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of the Year” Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law, 2015
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of the Year” Bankruptcy – Litigation, 2013
  • Best Lawyers®, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Las Vegas 2013 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers®, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Las Vegas 2013 – 2015
  • Included in list of “Best Lawyers in America” (2007-14)
  • Named “Bankruptcy Practitioner of the Year” by Turnaround Management Association of Nevada (2011)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2008 – 2017; Listed as Top 100 in 2014
  • Vegas INC: Top Lawyers, 2012
  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1998

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1997
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1994

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
   

Erika Pike Turner

Erika Pike Turner is a founding partner in the firm's commercial litigation department. Ms. Turner has developed a reputation for aggressively and effectively representing businesses and business people in their efforts to resolve disputes and pursue other goals through the use of legal process. Ms. Turner has been designated as an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by the Martindale-Hubbell® peer review process and the judiciary. She has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States and named by Nevada Business as a Legal Elite for her excellence in commercial litigation. Ms. Turner has been lead counsel in a wide variety of civil matters, both in courts and binding arbitration. Representative clients include a wide range of businesses (ex. casinos, banks, medical offices, technology and software companies, gaming manufacturers, defense contractors, construction and development service providers, real estate brokers, real estate managers, telecommunications companies, restaurants/taverns, car dealerships, and churches), receivers, real estate investors, marijuana business investors and managers, as well as a wide variety of other business owners, managers, officers and directors of public and private companies, and individual and institutional owners of debt and equity interests seeking to enforce their rights and remedies. Ms. Turner is a fourth-generation Nevadan and a third-generation Las Vegas attorney. She started her career as a law clerk for the Honorable James A. Brennan in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada. During law school, she clerked for the United States Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight of the Court and the Honorable Robert Rose in the Nevada Supreme Court.

Distinctions

  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2013 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers® of America 2016 - 2018 for Commercial Litigation, Las Vegas
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2012 - 2017; Listed as one of the Top 50 Women in 2013 - 2017
  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Nevada Legal Aid Society's Children's Attorney Project – Ms. Turner received the prestigious Myra Williams Award for Pro Bono Services to Children, as well as commendations from United States Senator Harry Reid and United States Congressman Jon Porter, relating to her pro bono services to abused and neglected children in Nevada's foster care system.

Affiliations

  • Member and Chair of Grant Approval Subcommittee, Nevada Supreme Court Committee on Court Improvement Program

Bar Admission

  • Nevada, 1997

Education

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., 1997
  • B.A., Fleischmann Scholar, University of Nevada-Reno, 1994

Court Admissions

  • Courts of the State of Nevada, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, 2011 (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
  • Third Judicial District Court, State of Idaho, 2012 (pro hac vice)
  • California Superior Court, San Diego, 2014 (pro hac vice)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2014 (pro hac vice)
  • Arbitration Venues: Las Vegas, Nevada; Reno, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California

Representative Cases

Business Disputes

  • Successfully resolved multiple business disputes prior to trial.
  • Successfully enforced contract terms on summary judgment. Exemplar orders and judgment entered in 305 Las Vegas, LLC v. David Mitchell.
  • Obtained multiple favorable arbitration awards. Exemplar award and judgment entered in Nevada State Bank v. Nicolas Cage, Bank of America, N.A. v FT Automotive, et al.
  • Successfully defended NRS foreclosure notice obligations at Nevada District Court and Supreme Court, Coastline Re Holdings NV Corp. v. JED Property, LLC
  • Successfully defended breach of fiduciary duty claims against officers and directors of gaming company debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, In re Herbst Gaming, Inc.
  • Successfully restrained former business partners and employees in cases involving ongoing interference with existing and prospective business interests. Exemplar order and judgment entered in Vector Media, LLC v. Steven Mincer.
  • Successfully restrained businesses acting in violation of Nevada statutes. Exemplar order entered in GMDTCD, LLC v. Terracotta
  • Successfully defended multiple lender actions against guarantors. Exemplar Nevada district court and Nevada Supreme Court decision in Branch Banking & Trust v. Giordano.
  • Successfully protected collateral interests of secured lender, Harvardlee, LLC v. Spring Mountain and Rainbow Investment, LLC, et al.
  • Successfully represented developer against tribe in binding (and confidential) arbitration.
  • Successfully obtained a jury verdict for general and punitive damages in fraud case, Sinatra v. Cornish.
  • Successfully obtained favorable appellate opinion from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on fraudulent transfer claims, The Majestic Star Casino, LLC v. Barden Development, Inc., et al.

Receivership Actions

  • Successfully defended receivership applications over operating businesses. Exemplar order entered in Ceres, Inc., et al. v. Inova Management Co., LLC, et al.
  • Secured appointment of receivers over operating businesses and property. Exemplar order entered in Pacific Western Bank v. Las Vegas Crossroads.
  • Represented receiver appointed on condominium project, PFF Bank & Trust v. Belvedere, LLC.
  • Successfully limited receivership scope in multiple borrower/lender disputes. Exemplar order entered in Goldman Sachs v. Colony Resorts LVH Acquisitions, LLC.
  • Successfully obtained appointment of supervisor to take possession and protect and operate valuable assets subject of dispute during pendency of litigation. Centre Firearms Co, Inc. v. Long Mountain Outfitters, LLC. Hearing Master
  • Special hearing master appointed by the Eighth Judicial District Court in the Venetian Lien Litigation.
  • Special hearing master appointed in the Coordinated Southern Nevada Breast Implant Litigation.

Gerald M. Gordon

Gerald M. Gordon is a founding partner and chairman of the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. As one of the most influential and accomplished attorneys in Nevada, Mr. Gordon remains a prominent figure in the courtroom and business community. Throughout his years of legal service, the firm's Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department has become synonymous with business restructuring and bankruptcy in the Southwest. Mr. Gordon has been integrally involved in all aspects of the firm’s complex insolvency practice. Mr. Gordon and the Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department have acted as lead counsel, representing debtors, committees, trustees, and creditors on many significant representations. A certified specialist in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification, Mr. Gordon has lectured extensively on both gaming and non-gaming related bankruptcy issues, including before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Representative Experience

  • Majestic Gaming – Represented the company’s principal in avoidance litigation and other actions brought in bankruptcy court in Delaware and prevailed before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in a precedential decision regarding property of a bankruptcy estate.
  • Mountain Shadows Resort – Represented Mountain Shadows Golf Club and the shuttered Mountain Shadows Resort in their Chapter 11 reorganizations in Arizona, successfully defeated early attempts by the secured creditor to dismiss the cases, for relief from the automatic stay to foreclosure, and to oppose interim financing, along with significant opposition from other creditors and parties ranging from dissenting homeowners to the township. Through extensive negotiations with creditors, the Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group successfully confirmed a plan of reorganization that paid all creditors in full, allowed equity to retain ownership, and obtained all necessary approvals for development, paving the way for the reorganized debtor to break ground on the revitalization of the Mountain Shadows Resort.
  • Ahern Rentals – Represented Ahern Rentals in its successful Chapter 11 proceedings which allowed for the restructuring of more than $650 million in debt and the retention of ownership by the Ahern family.
  • Las Vegas Monorail – Represented the Monorail in successfully restructuring $650 million of debt. This representation required extensive involvement of other Gordon Silver practice groups, including securities and tax analysis given the non-profit status of the Monorail and the debt being conduit bond financing sponsored by the State of Nevada.
  • Jerry's Nugget Casino – Represented Jerry's Nugget in its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. A plan of reorganization was confirmed retaining existing ownership and providing for debt restructuring.
  • Hooters Hotel & Casino – Represented the Company in its successful restructuring which resulted in the lender taking ownership of the property and payment in full of unsecured creditors.
  • Riviera Hotel & Casino – Represented the Riviera Hotel & Casino in two Chapter 11 cases. The first in 1990 resulted in a reorganization of both the ownership and debt. The second in 2010 again resulted in the restructuring of approximately $200 million of debt into a combination of debt and equity, with unsecured creditors being paid in full.
  • Herbst Gaming – Represented Herbst Gaming in Chapter 11 with regard to the restructuring of more than $1.2 billion of debt, with unsecured creditors being paid in full.
  • Swift Air – Represented the dip lender in this charter airline case in the US Bankruptcy Court in Arizona. Upon confirmation of a plan of reorganization, the dip lender assumed ownership of the reorganized debtor and Gordon Silver now represented the reorganized debtor.
  • Sunworld International Airways – Represented the company as a debtor in Chapter 11.
  • MaxJet Airlines – Represented the primary lessor of planes in this Chapter 11 case administered in Delaware.
  • Pegasus Gold Corp. – Represented this international gold mining company through its successful Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Mega-C Power Corp. – Represented the Chapter 11 trustee in successfully recovering for shareholders the value of the intellectual property of the debtor wrongfully transferred to a third party. The transactions occurred in Canada and required extensive extra-territorial services on the part of Gordon Silver.
  • USA Commercial Mortgage – In a Chapter 11 case, represented a committee of investors in notes and deeds of trust serviced by the debtor.
  • Enron – Represented Harrah’s in the Enron Chapter 11 case in a litigation seeking more than $50 million.
  • London Fog – Represented the lender in this Chapter 11 case for the manufacturer of London Fog clothing.
  • Represent successful petitioning creditors in two involuntary bankruptcy proceedings involving extensive avoidable transactions.
  • Represent potential defendants in a bankruptcy proceedings involving significant Ponzi scheme transactions.

Distinctions

Mr. Gordon has been voted among the Best Lawyers® in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Law for 25 years, and received the highest Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating for his ethics and legal ability.
  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy
  • Best Lawyers® of America 1987 - 2018 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Las Vegas
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2007 - 2017; Listed as Top 100 from 2012 - 2015

Affiliations

  • Nevada State Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Board Member
  • Congregation Ner Tamid, Past President

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1973

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1970

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Arizona
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Arizona
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, New Jersey
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York

Publications

  • Author, “Basic Bankruptcy in Nevada and Creditors Rights and Protection of Security Interest in Bankruptcy”
  • Co-Author, “Bankruptcy Trends in the Gaming Field”, Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, May/June 2001

William M. Noall

Mr. Noall belongs to the firm’s Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group. He guides clients through formal and informal business restructurings and insolvency, advises them regarding creditors’ rights (including receiverships, foreclosures, and dispositions) and commercial law matters. He has represented debtors, creditors, and trustees, and has acted as a Chapter 11 trustee. Mr. Noall’s ability to successfully handle the most complex matters has earned him statewide and national recognition. A/V rated by Martindale-Hubbell, he is also listed in Best Lawyers® in America and Mountain States Super Lawyer® List in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Noall was a shareholder at Gordon Silver where he played a leading role in many of the firm's largest Chapter 11 cases for over 26 years. Active in the legal profession, he is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Clark County and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Nevada, Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, the State Bar of California and Utah State Bar. Mr. Noall graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate and received his Bachelor of Science (Finance and Marketing) from the University of Utah.

Representative Experience

  • Ahern Rentals – Led representation of Ahern through a successful chapter 11 reorganization of its nationwide fleet management business, which included restructuring of over $650 million in debt and resulted in the pre-petition equity holders retaining 100% of this privately-held company. Nine months following the restructuring, Ahern was valued at in excess of $1.2 billion. M&A Advisors named Ahern as the best 2013 chapter 11 reorganization for deals over $100 million.
  • Las Vegas Monorail – Represented the debtor in successfully cramming down approximately $650 million in debt into a $15 million post-petition long-term obligation. The restructuring was ultimately supported by the bondholders’ representatives as well as the bond insurer.
  • Chrysler – Represented an affiliated group of Nevada Chrysler dealerships that constituted the largest single-owner dealer group (by inventory) in the Chrysler Affected Dealership Litigation. Continued representing those dealers in their subsequent wind-up matters and litigation with their lender.
  • Aladdin Gaming – Represented the debtor in its successful chapter 11 reorganization of its Nevada hotel and casino. The case involved a number of complex real estate related issues. The restructuring was effectuated through a sale of the operating hotel casino to satisfy creditor claims.
  • Santa Fe Gaming / Pioneer Gaming – Defended involuntary bankruptcy petitions brought against the entities and ultimately filed Pioneer Gaming Hotel and Casino into chapter 11, allowing the equity holders to refinance the indebtedness.
  • Mega-C Power – Was appointed chapter 11 trustee over a Nevada corporate debtor developing battery technology and producing batteries in Canada. Negotiated and confirmed a successful Chapter 11 Plan and managed substantial complex litigation in the nature of claim disputes and avoidance actions.
  • Consolidated Resorts – Represented ASNY Corp., LLC in acquiring substantially all of the debtor’s assets and obtaining comprehensive releases of estate claims, as well as releases from other constituents.
  • Represented a large, international gaming and entertainment company in moving approximately 25,000 timeshare interval owners to a substitute resort.
  • Represented many types of lenders and investors in judicial and non-judicial proceedings and bankruptcy cases to resolve claims or repossess and dispose of collateral, including subdivisions, hotels, casinos, bars, leasehold interests, specialty manufacturing equipment and facilities, laundry facilities, aircraft, mobile home parks, fleets, watercraft, golf courses, heavy equipment, retail, commercial and residential real property, railcars, development rights, antiques and case goods.
  • Represented trustees in pursuing debtors and third parties in defending avoidance actions, including trust piercing.
  • Represented creditors in successfully confirming contested Chapter 11 plans.
  • Represented homeowners’ associations in bankruptcy proceedings and have assisted in the reconstitution of an insolvent homeowners’ association.
  • Represented lenders, investors and business owners in obtaining or defending against business and property receivership proceedings brought to take control of and/or liquidate assets in connection with collections or business dissolutions, including obtaining receivers with expanded powers to sell assets free and clear of liens under state law.
  • Represented clients in business wind-ups and strategic business closures.

Distinctions

  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers® of America 2013 - 2018 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Las Vegas
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2007 - 2017
  • Vegas INC: Top Lawyers, 2012 - 2013
  • Best Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1988
  • California, 1985
  • Utah, 1986

Education

  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law
  • B.S., University of Utah, Finance and Marketing, 1973

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
  • U.S. District Courts in the Southern, Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

Eric R. Olsen

Mr. Olsen has substantial experience in a wide range of commercial and business litigation matters, as well as intellectual property, collection, insurance coverage, and catastrophic tort cases. He has litigated and tried countless cases in the state and federal courts, before judges and juries. Mr. Olsen also practices before the appellate courts, having appeared in numerous appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court, as well as the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit courts of appeals. After coming to Las Vegas, Mr. Olsen began his legal career working as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Pavlikowski, in the Eighth Judicial Court of Nevada. He later worked as an attorney for a local insurance defense firm, before joining Gordon Silver in 1989. Eric spent 25 years with Gordon Silver and headed up its litigation group. Over the years, Mr. Olsen has built a reputation as a formidable advocate who is able to effectively convey his client’s position and achieve results in any legal setting.

Representative Cases

  • Obtained a $1,800,000 jury verdict for a kiosk vendor and a payments processor against Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
  • Successfully represented Don Best Sports in protecting its proprietary and intellectual property rights concerning publication of real-time sports odd.
  • Sought and obtained a judgement of over $335,000, plus fees, in favor of an attorney who provided legal services based on an oral contract, with no itemized statements.
  • Defended successfully uncovered claims for indemnity and punitive against a local physician arising out of a malpractice action.
  • Secured appointment of a receiver Pacifica Companies over operating hotel property.
  • Represented hotel owner in defending $66 million claim by Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy estate (secured by property valued at $6 million) to a successful settlement under which client owed no money.

Representative Clients

  • The Midby Companies
  • American Spectrum Realty Management
  • Minelab Electronics Pty. Ltd.
  • Automated Systems America Inc.
  • Shelby American Inc.
  • Vishvinder Sharma, M.D.

Distinctions

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2016
  • Nevada Business Legal Elite 2016

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • American Bar Association’s Torts and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Nevada Justice Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, TIPS Business Litigation Committee, Former Member

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1987

Education

  • J.D. Seattle University School of Law, 1986
  • B.A. University of Southern California, 1980

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Christine Murphy

Best Lawyers Award Badge Ms. Murphy has been recognized as one of the best real estate practitioner’s in the country. She leads the firm’s Corporate & Real Estate Department. Ms. Murphy practices primarily in areas of real estate finance and loan restructurings, real estate acquisitions and development, real estate leasing and commercial transactions. With a background in real estate matters, she is frequently sought out for her vast knowledge in commercial real estate loans and real estate development transactions. Ms. Murphy has also represented clients in connection with mortgage loans for multi-family, low-income and affordable housing projects and the issuance of tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of rental housing targeted to underserved markets. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker on real estate topics. Before becoming a founding member of Garman Turner Gordon she was a partner at Gordon Silver in Las Vegas. Prior to that she was a partner in Bricker & Eckler in Columbus, Ohio. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Fourth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio.

Distinctions

Ms. Murphy has been listed by Best Lawyers in America as a real estate practitioner from 2005 through the present. She was also recognized as a Nevada Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2008.
  • Best Lawyers® of America 2013-2018 for Real Estate Law, Las Vegas
  • Vegas INC: Top Lawyers, 2012

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • State Bar of Ohio, Member
  • National Network of Commercial Real Estate Women, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2006
  • Ohio, 1995

Education

  • J.D., order of the coif, The Ohio State University College of Law, 1995
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1992

Speaking

Ms. Murphy is a frequent speaker on real estate topics, including:
  • Real Estate Trends, Issues, Challenges, Tip and Tools
  • Challenges in Real Estate, Finance and Related Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Lending Requirements and Loan Documentation
  • Ethics Topics, including Conflicts of Interest and Disclosures/Consents
  • Ethical Issues Related to Real Estate Transactions

Talitha Gray Kozlowski

Ms. Gray Kozlowski has received numerous state and regional awards for her work with clients in a wide variety of cases. She represents debtors-in-possession, creditors and ad hoc committees, secured and unsecured creditors, individual debtors, trustees, asset purchasers, and other constituencies in the numerous facets of corporate bankruptcy, liquidation, and workout matters. Ms. Gray Kozlowski’s work with clients in a wide array of industries and with divergent goals gives her a unique perspective on each case she handles and enables her to understand and confront the competing objectives and strategies of her opponents. Combining her knowledge and experience navigating in the complex environment of a bankruptcy proceeding enables Ms. Gray to zealously and cost-effectively advocate for her clients, whether the client is a debtor seeking to restructure its debts and retain its equity, a secured creditor that wants to protect its collateral, an official committee of unsecured creditors that wants to maximize recovery for the unsecured creditor body through a confirmed plan of reorganization or liquidation, or a buyer that wants to cost-effectively acquire assets through a 363 sale. Not only does Ms. Gray Kozlowski have extensive experience representing clients in “mega cases,” but she has developed a niche practice for handling all aspects of single assets cases, such as those involving hotels, retail centers, mini-storage facilities, and commercial developments.

Representative Experience

  • Jerry’s Nugget (casino) – Represented this historic family-owned casino in its Chapter 11 restructuring, successfully confirming a plan of reorganization providing for the family’s retention of equity and a restructuring of the company’s debt.
  • Black Gaming LLC and its affiliates (hotels and casinos) – Represented the debtors, having casino, hotel, and golf course operations, in their successful pre-packaged bankruptcy that resulted in the reduction of the long-term debt from $225 Million to $67 Million.
  • Prime Care Nevada (rural hospital) - Represented the County of Nye in the Chapter 11 case of Prime Care Nevada, Inc., jointly preparing a plan of reorganization allowing for the successful reorganization of a critical hospital in rural Nevada, recovering property from the former owner’s entities for the benefit of the hospital and obtaining a significant settlement in favor of Prime Care.
  • SNTech, Inc. (motor manufacturer) – Represented a motor technology company in its 363 sale of its assets and the wind-down of its foreign subsidiaries.
  • USA Investment Partners, LLC (parent company of +50 real estate subsidiaries) - Represented the Chapter 11 trustee in liquidating the estate consisting of assets totaling in-excess-of $29 Million in order to maximize distributions to creditors.
  • MaxJet (airline) - Successfully defended an airplane lessor in Delaware Bankruptcy Court against whom preference payments in-excess-of $3.5 Million were sought.
  • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for the Estate of Steven D. Molasky – Represented the Committee in obtaining the right to initiate and prosecute causes of action against an insider on behalf of the estate, including avoidance actions, and ultimately negotiating a settlement and plan of reorganization that resulted in a meaningful distribution to the unsecured creditors.
  • Represented numerous single asset debtors owning:hotels extended-stay facilities apartment complexes self-storage facilities medical complexes commercial centers residential property
  • Achieving successful reorganizations for these single asset debtors in their respective bankruptcy cases, including significant principal reductions of secured debt, substantially reduced interest rates, and/or extended repayment terms.
  • Represented multiple post-confirmation liquidation trustees in liquidating real property, equipment, personal property, and other assets, as well as prosecuting litigation claims, including avoidance actions.
  • Represented a myriad of secured and unsecured creditors in defending their claims, negotiating plan treatment, objecting to plan confirmation, obtaining relief from the automatic stay, conversion, and/or the appointment of a trustee, and otherwise protecting their interests and maximizing their recovery through the bankruptcy process.
  • Represented debtors, creditors, trustees, and bidders in Section 363 sales, as well as sales accomplished through confirmed plans of reorganization.

Distinctions

  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2010 - 2013
  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, Best Up and Coming Attorney, 2013
  • Nevada Business: Top 50 Best Up & Coming Attorneys, 2012

Affiliations

  • Best Lawyers® of America 2018 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Las Vegas
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member

Publications, Programs, and Lectures

  • Speaker: State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, June 17, 2016: Rehabilitating the Troubled Health Care Provider
  • Speaker and co-author: American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference, March 25, 2015: The World of SARE Cases
  • Author: To Keep You Is No Gain, to Kill You Is No Loss – Securing Justice Through the International Criminal Court, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, October 2011

Joseph T. Kozlowski

Mr. Kozlowski is a founding partner in the firm’s Corporate, Real Estate, Finance and Banking, and Construction Practice Groups, concentrating his practice in the areas of real estate finance, real estate development and land use approval, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, construction, and general commercial and corporate transactions.

His determination and unique ability to meet real world challenges with smart, practical and efficient solutions have earned him a place at the forefront of his practice, as evidenced by his inclusion as one of Nevada Business Journal's Legal Elite in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015; a list of Southern Nevada's top 100 attorneys compiled by peer ratings. Mr. Kozlowski has also been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Mountain States Rising Star for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, a distinction shared by only 2.5% of the state's total attorneys. He has been recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer® in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and holds the highest distinction of AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Kozlowski is an active faculty member for Nevada continuing legal education programs, instructing other attorneys and professionals in the areas of real estate, construction and landlord/tenant law. In 2013, Mr. Kozlowski was featured as one of Nevada’s Top 10 Real Estate Attorneys in the Las Vegas Business Press, Vol. 30, Issue 16. Mr. Kozlowski’s representative clients include Comerica Bank, Bank of Nevada, Nevada State Bank, Pacific Western Bank, McDonald's Corp., Lennar, Kimball Hill Homes, RSM McGladrey, Sullivan Square, Parsons Corp., Performance Contracting, Kittrell Jenson Contractors, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Credit Suisse, Century Gaming, Caesar’s Entertainment, MGM, Sapient Corp., and several NBA players.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel to a community financial institution with respect to the multi-million dollar financing of a large, downtown Las Vegas hotel/casino.
  • Lead counsel to a community financial institution with respect to the multi-million dollar refinancing of a building leased to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Lead counsel to an established local Nevada corporation with respect to the multi-million dollar sale of a business involving the disposition of several franchises located at McCarran International Airport.
  • Representation of a large institutional creditor in connection with approximately $25,000,000 of disputed mechanic's liens in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a large-scale, mixed-use, master-planned development.
  • Lead counsel to a developer with respect to construction issues pertaining to a 16.5 acre mixed-use, high-rise development.
  • Representation of a leading local gaming company in connection with a multi-million dollar refinancing.
  • Lead counsel to owner of mini-storage business with respect to successful appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court concerning a multi-million dollar commercial real estate dispute.
  • Lead counsel to large, strip hotel/casino involving large-sum mechanic’s lien dispute in connection with hotel/casino renovation project.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers® of America 2018 for Real Estate Law, Las Vegas
  • Nevada Business Magazine: Legal Elite, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®: Rising Star, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®: 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • AV-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top 10 Real Estate Attorney, Las Vegas Business Press, April 2013, Vol. 30, Issue 16

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Southern Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Member

Bar Admission

  • Nevada, 2003

Education

  • J.D., with honors, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, 2003
  • B.S., Ithaca College, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Nevada, 2003

Publications

  • Author, “Landlord Liability for Problems with the Premises,” Sterling Educational Services, May 2011

Kristin M. Tyler

Ms. Tyler is a founding partner and chairs the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate & Guardianship Practice Group. Her practice is focused primarily on estate planning, asset protection, probate and guardianship matters. She helps families design and implement comprehensive estate plans – utilizing various trusts, wills and other techniques – for estates of all sizes including upwards of $50 million and more. In addition, she regularly teams up with the firm’s litigation attorneys to litigate contested matters in the realm of estate, trust, probate and guardianship disputes. She has authored a number of published articles and is a regular speaker at local seminars regarding estate planning. Ms. Tyler has been designated as an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. She is actively involved with a number of committees with the State Bar of Nevada. In addition, she regularly provides pro bono legal services and serves as an Ambassador to the Inspire One Initiative of the ONE Promise Nevada Campaign to get other attorneys involved in pro bono work. She has also been recognized by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in March 2014 as Volunteer of the Month, and inducted into “50 Hours Club” for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono service in 2014.

Representative Matters

  • Helping families design and implement comprehensive estate plans – utilizing various trusts, wills and other techniques – for estates of all sizes including upwards of $50 million and more.
  • Successfully negotiating resolution of contested trust and estate matters – involving millions of dollars - prior to trial.
  • Guiding clients from Nevada – and from all across the country – with the process of probating the estates of loved ones.
  • Working closely with families of minor children to navigate the probate process and guardianship proceedings simultaneously following the untimely passing of a parent.
  • Assisting families of seniors to obtain and manage guardianships and also representing clients involved with litigated guardianship matters.
  • Working with professionals, business owners and other high net worth individuals to evaluate their risk levels and implement appropriate asset protection planning techniques.
  • Advising a local trust company in its role as trustee to oversee trust administration and annual trust accountings.
  • Counseling family run businesses about the proper structures to manage and operate their companies as well as integrating comprehensive business succession plans.

Distinctions

  • AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Rising Star of Business - Las Vegas Business Press, 2015
  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2013- 2017
  • Desert Companion's Top Lawyers List for 2014
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada - Selected as March 2014 Volunteer Attorney of the Month, and awarded the “50 Hours Club” for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono service in 2014.

Affiliations

  • Wealth Counsel, Board Member
  • State Bar of Nevada Probate and Trust Section, Member, Chair of Pro Bono Committee
  • State Bar of Nevada Elder Law Section, Member
  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, Member
  • Junior League of Las Vegas, Board of Directors Treasurer and Past Chair of Advocacy Committee
  • P.E.O. Chapter G, Member and Past President
  • Las Vegas Nebraskan Club, Member

Bar Admission

  • Nevada, 2006

Education

  • J.D., University of Nebraska, 2005
  • M.S. Business Administration, University of Nebraska, 2002
  • B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Nevada, 2006

Publications

  • “Transferring Timeshare Ownership,” Estate Planning Newsletter, April 2015
  • “Trust Design Considerations,” Estate Planning Newsletter, March 2015
  • “Business Succession Planning,” Estate Planning Newsletter, February 2015
  • “New Year, New Estate & Gift Tax Rates,” Estate Planning Newsletter, January 2015
  • “The Gift of Estate Planning," Estate Planning Newsletter, December 2014
  • “Charitable Giving & Your Estate Plan," Estate Planning Newsletter, November 2014
  • “What You Need,” Estate Planning Newsletter, October 2014
  • “When to Review and Update Your Estate Plan,“ Estate Planning Newsletter, September 2014
  • “Protecting Investment Properties,” Estate Planning Newsletter, August 2014
  • “Lessons to be Learned—Casey Kasem,” Estate Planning Newsletter, July 2014
  • “Short-term Guardians for Minor Children,” Estate Planning Newsletter, June 2014
  • Co-Author, “Estate Planning Considerations for Intellectual Property and Digital Assets,” originally published in Communique, May 2014
  • “Dangers of Joint Tenancy,” Estate Planning Newsletter, May 2014
  • “Death and Taxes - A Probate Checklist,” Estate Planning Newsletter, April 2014
  • “Spring Cleaning Your Estate Plan,” Estate Planning Newsletter, March 2014
  • “Six Things You Should Know About Nevada Asset Protection Trust,” Estate Planning Newsletter, February 2014
  • “Gift and Estate Tax Rates,” Estate Planning Newsletter, January 2014
  • “Securing Your Client’s Future with Special Needs Trusts,” Advocate, Nevada Justice Association, December 2013
  • “You've Got Mail,” Communiqué, May 2013
  • “Why Everyone Needs a Will: Interview with Kristin M. Tyler, Esq.,” NV State Bank blog, Two Cents, May 2013
  • “When the Family Business Fails to Plan … They Plan to Fail,” Nevada Lawyer, May 2013
  • “Gut-Check Time: Helping Clients Nominate A Guardian for Minor Children,” Nevada Lawyer, June 2012
  • Co-Author, “Build Your Dynasty in Nevada,” Nevada Lawyer, May 2010
  • Co-Author, “The Revocable Trust: A Powerful Tool to Protect Your Most Valuable Assets,” Around Your Home, July 2008

Teresa M. Pilatowicz

Teresa Pilatowicz is located in our Phoenix, Arizona office. She has been recognized as one of the western region’s top rising stars. Teresa is of counsel in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of corporate restructuring and insolvency, including related litigation, including representation of trustees, debtors, and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases. Teresa has been a frequent speaker and presenter on bankruptcy and restructuring issues and continues to do seminars and webinars in Nevada and Arizona.

Representative Experience

  • Represented two debtor real estate entities in Arizona Bankruptcy Court in their joint chapter 11 reorganization aiding in obtaining zoning approval for redevelopment of a 68 acre property and resolving more than $30 million in debt.
  • Successfully defended airplane lessor in Delaware Bankruptcy Court against preference claims totaling more than $3.5 million.
  • Obtained settlement for casino operator in Eastern District of Michigan Bankruptcy Court in claim for alleged preference payments totaling more than $4.5 million.
  • Represented creditor property owner in Oregon Bankruptcy Court to protect property and successfully defend against claims from chapter 11 trustee for payment of taxes.
  • Counsel to liquidating trustee following confirmation of an individual chapter 11 case in Nevada Bankruptcy Court, including pursuing avoidance litigation to obtain substantial monetary recovery and ultimately distributing in excess of $4.5 million to creditors.

Distinctions

  • Ms. Pilatowicz was selected to participate in the prestigious National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation Program. She was one of 40 young bankruptcy attorneys nationwide selected to participate in the program in 2013. The Next Generation Program is designed to host up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners.
  • Ms. Pilatowicz was named as a 2014 member of Generation Next for the Most Influential Women in Arizona by the Arizona Business Magazine.
  • Ms. Pilatowicz has presented for webinars and podcasts, including those for the State Bar of Arizona and West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2016-2017
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2014-2015

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2005
  • Arizona, 2006

Education

  • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Federal Court, Nevada
  • U.S. Federal Court, Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Publications and Speaking

  • West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise: &ldquot;Valuation Fights in Bankruptcy,” panelist, July 7, 2015
  • West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise: “Valuation Fights in Bankruptcy,” panelist, June 10, 2015
  • West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise: “Professional Responsibility in Bankruptcy Cases,” panelist, June 2, 2015
  • West LegalEdcenter/Financial Poise: “Basics of Bankruptcy Litigation for the Non-Bankruptcy Litigator,” panelist, March 11, 2015
  • “Can Professionals in Bankruptcy Cases Get Paid for Fee Applications?” Record Reporter, October 29, 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona, CLE Snippet, “Bankruptcy for Litigators: I just received notice that the opposing party filed bankruptcy. What now?,” Summer 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona, CLE Snippet, “Bankruptcy for Litigators: The case is moving forward. What happens to my client’s claim?,” Summer 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona, CLE Snippet, “Bankruptcy for Litigators: The case is over. Does my client get paid?,” Summer 2014
  • “In re Fisker: Eroding RadLAX on Credit Bidding,” BNA's" Bankruptcy Law Reporter, July 17, 2014

Gabrielle A. Hamm

Ms. Hamm has been named one of the Mountain State’s Rising Stars for the past two years. She works in the firm’s Litigation and Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Departments. Her focus is on areas of business disputes, restructuring, and insolvency. Ms. Hamm has worked on several significant restructuring cases, including In re Ahern Rentals, Inc., which resulted in restructuring of $650 million in debt, payment in full of unsecured creditors, and the retention of ownership by the Ahern family; In re Las Vegas Monorail Company, involving the restructuring of $600 million in conduit financing; and Fontainebleau Las Vegas, LLC in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, in which she represented the ad hoc committee of mechanic’s lien claimants, obtaining reversal on appeal in federal district court of $25 million in priming liens granted to the prepetition lenders and winning an equitable subrogation dispute certified to the Nevada Supreme Court that ultimately resulted in a payment of over $85,000,000 to the mechanic’s lien claimants. Ms. Hamm’s diverse practice includes representation of corporate debtors, creditors, ad hoc consortiums of creditors, buyers of troubled companies, divisions, and assets, chapter 11 trustees and liquidating trustees, and lenders in chapter 11 cases, representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes in state and federal courts in cases involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and other business disputes, and litigation of contested matters in bankruptcy court, including discharge and dischargeability of debts, lien claims, preferences, and fraudulent transfers.

Affiliations & Distinctions

  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair of the Administration and Courts Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Former Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Bankruptcy Section
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2013, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2009
  • Texas, 2003

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., cum laude, Texas A&M University, 2000

Court Admissions

  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada

Other Distinctions

Ms. Hamm’s published cases include:
  • In re McLain, 516 F.3d 301 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • In re Las Vegas Monorail Company, 429 B.R. 317 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2010)

Erick Gjerdingen

Mr. Gjerdingen is an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department where he focuses his practice on corporate restructuring and complex insolvency, both inside and outside of court. As an integral part of his reorganization and restructuring practice, in addition to his experience with bankruptcy litigation, Mr. Gjerdingen has experience advising business clients across varied industries in all aspects of daily operations, as well as formation and governance, asset sales and purchases, and rights arising out of creditor-debtor relationships. Mr. Gjerdingen has also served as a university faculty member lecturing on law, ethics, and economic and regulatory development in Asia.

Representative Experience

 
  • Jerry’s Nugget (casino) – Assisted in representation of historic family-owned casino in Chapter 11 restructuring, resulting in the confirmation of a plan of reorganization providing for the family’s retention of equity and a restructuring of the company’s debt.
  • Prime Care Nevada (rural hospital) – Assisted in representation of the County of Nye in the Chapter 11 case of Prime Care Nevada, Inc., including the emergency appointment of a non-trustee CRO over debtor’s objections.
  • Served as in-house reorganization counsel for Oregon microbrewery engaged in out-of-court restructuring, advising entity on legal issues including regulatory compliance.
  • Represented single asset real estate debtors, including hotels, long-term stay units, and storage facilities, in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings including defending claims for stay relief, plan confirmation, and asset sales.
  • Represented various creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer proceedings, including successfully receiving stay relief and case dismissals.
  • Advised numerous clients and/or legal counsel regarding the potential impact of bankruptcy filings on divorce proceedings and settlements.
 

Distinctions

Desert Companion Top Lawyers: Bankruptcy/Chapter 11, 2014

Affiliations

State Bar of Nevada, Member
American Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2010
Indiana, 2016

Education

J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010 M.T.S, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2006 B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College, 2002

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Nevada
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Nevada
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Publications

Author, Suffocation Inside a Cold Storage Truck and Other Problems with Trafficking as “Exploitation” and Smuggling as “Choice” Along the Thai-Burmese Border, 26 Ariz. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 699 (2009)

 

Mark M. Weisenmiller

Mr. Weisenmiller is an associate in the firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. His primary practice is corporate restructuring and complex insolvency involving both small and large businesses. Mr. Weisenmiller also has an extensive appellate practice for both bankruptcy and civil matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Weisenmiller worked as a judicial law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, conducting legal research and drafting pre-argument memorandum and memorandum decisions for several bankruptcy and appellate judges. During law school, he served as a law clerk at Kajioka & Associates where he drafted pleadings, motions, discovery requests, and research memorandum for civil litigation and criminal matters. Mr. Weisenmiller also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mike N. Nakagawa in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada and the Honorable Mark R. Denton in the Eight Judicial District Court-Business Court during law school.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted Ahern in its successful Chapter 11 restructuring, effectively guiding the company through contentious litigation with the company’s lenders. Ahern obtained confirmation of its plan, allowing for the restructuring of more than $650 million in debt, payment in full of unsecured creditors, and the retention of ownership by the Ahern family.
  • Assisted statutory lienholders owed in excess of $300 million in Fontainebleau’s bankruptcy proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Florida.
  • Successfully litigated numerous bankruptcy and state law issues on behalf of the ad hoc committee of mechanic’s lien claimants at every level of federal court and, by referral, the Nevada Supreme Court. In complex negotiations involving multiple constituencies with billions of dollars in claims and cross-claims, the mechanic’s lien claimants recovered over $85 million.
  • Assisted Mountain Shadows Golf Club and the shuttered Mountain Shadows Resort in their Chapter 11 reorganizations in Arizona, successfully defeating early attempts by the secured creditor to dismiss the cases, for relief from the automatic stay, and to oppose interim financing, along with significant opposition from other creditors and parties ranging from dissenting homeowners to the township. Through extensive negotiations with creditors, Mountain Shadows successfully confirmed a plan of reorganization that paid all creditors in full, allowed equity to retain ownership, and obtained all necessary approvals for development, paving the way for the reorganized debtor to break ground on the revitalization of the Mountain Shadows Resort.
  • Assisted Majestic Gaming’s principal in avoidance litigation and other actions brought in bankruptcy court in Delaware, and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in a precedential decision regarding property of a bankruptcy estate.
  • Represented Jerry’s Nugget in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, resulting in confirmation of a plan of reorganization, which allowed retention of existing ownership and providing for debt restructuring.
  • Represented international lender in fraudulent transfer action under both federal and state law resulting in dismissal of all claims against the lender.
  • Represented petitioning creditors in involuntary proceedings.
  • Represented single asset real estate debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings including defending claims for stay relief, confirming plans of reorganization, and selling assets pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Represented real estate developer in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, litigated creditor’s motion for appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee and claims of fraudulent conveyance, resulting in settlement that allowed restructuring of obligations and retention of ownership by equity.
  • Represented various types of creditors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 proceedings, including lift stay motions, nondischargeability actions, and confirmation objections.
  • Represented consumer debtors in Chapter 7 cases.

Distinctions

While in law school, Mr. Weisenmiller received a Community Service Top Student Award in the summer of 2008 and was a student attorney in the spring of 2010 for the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. While pursuing his master’s degree, he was on the Dean’s List and received a Scholar Athlete Award.
  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, Best Up and Coming Attorney, 2017
  • Affiliations

    • State Bar of Nevada, Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
    • Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member

    Bar Admissions

    • Nevada, 2010

    Education

    • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, 2010
    • M.A. Teaching Social Studies, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, 2003
    • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, 2002

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Nevada, 2013

    Publications

    • Co-Author, “Dangers Facing a Trademark Licensee When the Licensor Seeks Bankruptcy Protection and Strategies to Minimize the Risk,” Communique, March 2015

    Dylan T. Ciciliano

      Mr. Ciciliano is an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice group. His experience includes representing clients in complex civil litigation cases and defending clients against allegations of fraud, conspiracy, RICO claims and malfeasance. Mr. Ciciliano also has experience with medical malpractice cases, complex criminal defense, and a wide variety of business disputes. Mr. Ciciliano obtained his master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nevada-Reno and worked for the Washoe County Commission. Mr. Ciciliano was also the Senior Managing Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

    Representative Cases

    • Successfully defended and received monetary compensation for client against allegations of civil conspiracy between local establishments and taxi-cab companies to divert passengers from the plaintiffs businesses.
    • Successfully obtained pre-trial monetary judgment and dismissal of the defendant’s counterclaims in an action to recover damages relating to defendant’s breach of contract.
    • Represented client against multi-million dollar claims related to bribery involving water rights.

    Distinctions

    • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2014-2017
    • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, Best Up and Coming Attorney, 2013 and 2017
    • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, Nevada's Top Attorneys 2016

    Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Clark County Bar Association, Member
    • Phi Alpha Delta, a Professional Law Fraternity, Former Law School Chapter President
    • Wills for Heroes Foundation, a program providing legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, Former Law School Chapter President
    • Young Lawyers Section of the Nevada State Bar, Ex Officio Budget Director

    Bar Admissions

    • Nevada, 2011

    Education

    • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2011
    • M.S. Economics, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008
    • B.A. Economics, Political Science, Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno, 2007

    Publications

    • Co-Author, “I-Gaming: Gold Rush or Boom-and-Bust?”, Casino Enterprise Management 2012
    • Author, “Analysis of Economic and Occupational Skill Impacts of the Hard Rock Mining Sector on the Elko Micropolitan S.A. Economy,” 2008
    • Former Senior Managing Editor, The Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law

    Michael R. Esposito

      Mr. Esposito is an associate in the firm's Estate Planning, Probate & Guardianship, Corporate & Securities, Real Estate Transactions, and Civil Litigation practice groups. His experience involves simple and complex litigation and estate planning matters. Mr. Esposito also participates in the Children’s Attorney Project with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Before joining the firm, Mr. Esposito was an extern for the Nevada State District Court, Department 32, with the honorable Judge Bare in Las Vegas, NV. While in law school, Mr. Esposito was President of the Society of Advocates, UNLV's moot court team, a staff member of the Nevada Law Journal, and was also appointed as the national liaison to the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association for the Law Student Division. Prior to law school, Mr. Esposito was an award winning member of the Las Vegas Young Professionals Toastmasters club, a small business owner, and a successful account manager for local construction, development, and restoration businesses. Mr. Esposito also enjoyed donating his time to local charitable groups, acting as Vice President of the Executive Council of the Las Vegas Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and developing large corporate donation events for Street Teens through the NAIOP Community Service Committee and the Community Associations Institute.

    Affiliations

    • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council, Member
    • State Bar of Nevada Probate and Trust Section, Member
    • State Bar of Nevada Real Property Law Section, Member
    • State Bar of Nevada Elder Law Section, Member
    • State Bar of Nevada Family Law Section, Member
    • State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyers Section, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Phi Alpha Delta, a Professional Law Fraternity, Former Law School Chapter Vice Justice

    Distinctions

  • Nevada Business: Legal Elite, Best Up and Coming Attorney, 2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2017
  • Bar Admissions

    • Nevada, 2014

    Education

    • J.D., cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, 2014
    • Dean’s Award Recipient
    • B.S. Marketing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2006

    Stephen A. Davis

    Stephen Davis is an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice group. His experience includes commercial litigation, appeals, construction law, construction defect, and transactional drafting. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a law clerk for the honorable Justice Kristina Pickering at the Nevada Supreme Court. While in law school, Stephen was an articles editor for the Nevada Law Journal and competed nationally at the ABA’s Client Counseling Competition. He was a legal extern for the honorable Judge James C. Mahan, United States District Court, for the honorable Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, and for the honorable Judge Kathleen Delaney, Eighth Judicial District Court. Prior to law school, Stephen spent 15 years in construction project management. He has worked on projects in Las Vegas, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Denver.

    Affiliations

    Clark County Bar Association, Member American Bar Association, Member Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court, Pupil

    Bar Admissions

    Nevada, 2016

    Education

    J.D., cum laude, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016 B.S. Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012

    Publications

    Under Construction: The Past, Present, and Future of Chapter 40, Nevada’s Construction-Defect Laws, 16 NEV. L.J. 1201 (2016). Stephen Davis & Anna Lukemeyer, Private Prisons in 2005: How Do They Measure Up? Paper presented at the 54th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, Houston, Texas. April 11-14, 2012.