Appellate Cases

Steve has 35 years of experience successfully handling appeals. His experience with appeals began in law school when he won second place in McGeorge’s Moot Court Competition and when he took Constitutional Law from Anthony Kennedy who later became U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Steve is admitted to the bar of the Nevada Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve recently completed a successful appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court where the appellate court reversed the trial courts failure to award Steve’s client attorney’s fees. The Nevada Supreme Court remanded the case to the trial court with instructions to award fees and costs. Steve’s client was awarded over fifty thousand dollars in fees and costs as a result of this appeal including fees and costs incurred in the appeal. The reported appellate decisions that Steve has handled include appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court, including Dietrich v. Sparks Nugget, 548 F.3d 892 (2008) a civil rights case where Steve successfully defended the Sparks Nugget; Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Jensen, Griffin, 402 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2005), 276 F.Supp.2d 1097 (D. Nev. 2003) a case involving complex aviation insurance coverage questions following an aircraft crash. Steve successfully defended his client Old Republic establishing they had no insurance coverage where an aircraft owner failed to obtain the required FAA annual inspection. The claimant appealed to the Ninth Circuit who certified a question to the Nevada Supreme Court. Steve was successful before both courts ; Kennedy v. Hertz Equipment Rental, 121 Nev., Advance Opinion __, No. 43384, (2005) involved questions of improper joinder of parties to an automobile accident involving Steve’s client Hertz Corp.; Dahya v. Dist. Ct., 117 Nev. 208, 19 P.3d 239 (2001) involved questions of service in a foreign countries under the Hague Convention. Steve established that service on his client in Spain was ineffective; Kirkpatrick v. Temme, 98 Nev. 523, 654 P.2d 1011 (1982) involved construction contracts. Steve successfully defended this appeal. ; Villa v. NN Investors Life Insurance Co. Inc., 914 F.2d 265, 1990 WL 131830 (9th Cir. 1990) was an insurance bad faith case where Steve obtained a reversal of Federal Judge Thompson; Rabbe v. Maddex, 103 Nev. 817, 809 P.2d 45 (1987) involved appointment of a receivers as part of collecting a debt; Royal Insurance v. Eagle Valley Construction, Inc., 110 Nev. 119, 867 P.2d 1146 (1994) involved questions about costs/jurisdictional amount); Judson v. Camelot Food Inc., 104 Nev. 324, 756 P.2d 1198 (1988) involved requirements to establish Res Ipsa Loquitur as to the cause of an accident; Levinson v. Second Judicial District Court, and Real Party in Interest Wister, 103 Nev. 404, 742 P.2d 1024 (1987) involved questions of long arm jurisdiction over a out of state defendant.