This year marks Legal Elite’s tenth year of presenting Nevada’s top attorneys. The annual list showcases attorneys whose peers have named them amongst the best of the best. The list has come a long way since it’s inaugural issue in June 2008. Since it’s inception, the voting process has become more streamlined and each year more and more attorneys participate in the hopes of being named one of the year’s Legal Elite.
Polling for the 2017 list began at the end of February and nearly 6,400 nominations were collected throughout the state. Those nominations then went through an extensive verification process to produce the top attorneys in the state, ranked by their peers and presented in the following pages.
The State Bar of Nevada’s Annual Report for 2016 indicates that there are 8,916 active member attorneys. The Bar admitted 267 new licensees since the previous reporting period and new attorneys are being trained at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law each year.
The Legal Elite list includes only the top 4 percent of attorneys in the state broken down by location, with break-out lists for the Best Up and Coming and Best Government attorneys. It’s not easy to make it to the final list and each of those included this year went through several levels of scrutiny. Upon the nomination process closing, each ballot was reviewed for eligibility and every voting attorney was verified with the State Bar.
The next step included scoring each attorney nominated. Scores were compiled based on the number and type of votes received. Attorneys that garnered votes from within their own firm were given a score of one and those that received a vote from someone at another firm were given a weighted score of three. After all of the scores were tabulated, the top scorers were then verified again and contacted to finalize the 2017 Legal Elite list.
In addition, those that received the most votes in each list are featured on the cover of this issue. Those featured are Katherine Hoffman with Fennemore Craig from the Northern Nevada list, Craig Slater with Luh & Associates from the Southern Nevada list and Michael Paretti of Snell & WIlmer from the Best Up and Coming list. Congratulations to the 10th Anniversary Class of Legal Elite!