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Hon. Nancy L. Allf

Hon. Nancy L. Allf (Ret.)

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Business Commercial
Employment Law
Entertainment & Sports
Estate Probate Trusts
Health Care
Personal Injury
Professional and Product Liability
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. Nancy L. Allf (Ret.) served as a district court judge for the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court for 13 years from 2011 to 2024. Judge Allf served as a Business Court judge for most of her time as jurist, where she handled a wide range of cases involving business tort, business divorce, breach of fiduciary duty and relationships, business judgment rule, derivative causes of actions, and the purchase or sale of a business’ stocks, assets and commercial real estate. As one of four judges on the Business Court for 10 years, she handled one quarter of all Business Court cases in Clark County. She has been involved with the Business Court since before its inception, with the Nevada Supreme Court appointing her in 2000 to the Business Court Task Force, which proposed the program’s creation. She is a member of the American College of Business Court Judges and an active member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

The Nevada Supreme Court appointed Judge Allf as a settlement judge from 1998 to 2007. She was also appointed to the Pro Bono Compliance Committee in 2002. In 2005, she was appointed to be a judge in the Short Trial Program of the Eighth Judicial District. She served as the presiding judge of the Civil Division of the Eighth Judicial Court from 2021 to 2022.

As a neutral, Judge Allf is known for her intelligence, decisiveness and tireless effort to accomplish what needs to be done. She is adept at resolving complex and high-conflict cases. She works with attorneys to find creative paths to resolution and is always prepared to put in the extra effort to push through impasse. A known problem-solver, Judge Allf works with attorneys to help their clients understand their position in a case.

Judge Allf’s judicial and legal service has been recognized by the Las Vegas legal community throughout her career. In 2023, she received the Liberty Bell Award from the Clark County Law Foundation. She also received the Miram Shearing Award (2022) from the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA) for her contributions to the advancement of women in the law. In 2005, she was named as one of the 300 women who shaped the history of Las Vegas by Women of Diversity.

Prior to the bench, Judge Allf had a private practice where she focused primarily on commercial litigation, bankruptcy law and Chapter 11.

Representative Matters

  • Bankruptcy
      • As an attorney, handled an individual’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which involved the ownership of Maxfield Parrish's “Daybreak” painting and a gift by the individual’s spouse of a substantial interest in a Las Vegas casino, allegedly to effect their rights in a subsequent divorce; the case involved 27 separate appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court
      • As an attorney, handled a variety of bankruptcy cases ranging from small Chapter 11’s to casino reorganizations
      • As an attorney, represented debtors, creditors, committees and trustees in bankruptcy matters
  • Business Commercial
      • Presided over case where a state university sought to close AIDS clinic at the college, which was for adolescent care; issues involved federal funding and management accused of improprieties
      • Presided over case where a state university sought to effect the rights of members of the administration in violation of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law
      • As a judge, handled case involving the probate of prominent former CEO of a large technology retail business set in Las Vegas; handled the creditor’s claims, which involved breach of contract, undue influence, fraudulent conveyance and lack of capacity
      • Presided over a case involving whether a municipality with a public airport could effect the rights of individual owners of the hangers where they stored their airplanes; issues included contract interpretation and involved city council members, city officials and airplane owners
      • Presided over a trial where a group of American investors accused Chinese nationals of a reverse merger of a U.S. Nasdaq entity to assume business opportunities away from the U.S. entity and the minority investors; issues included fraud damages
      • Presided over case brought by a head coach against the National Football League, alleging interference by the NFL into his contract with the franchisee
      • Presided over numerous cases involving shareholder derivative claims against members of boards of directors for allegations of self-dealing and using poor business judgment
      • Presided over cases involving risk retention groups and claims against boards of directors
      • Presided over numerous cases involving business divorces and receiverships
  • Cannabis
      • Presided over trial involving a cannabis cultivation business brought by minority investors, who claimed the operating managers used a series of transactions between related and unrelated companies to reduce the value of the minority members
      • Presided over cannabis cases involving landlord/tenant disputes and claims of minority suppression
  • Construction
      • Presided over litigation involving the developers and initial construction manager of The Sphere in Las Vegas; issues included dispute over licensee status as a Nevada contractor and apex depositions
      • Presided over matters between contractors, subcontractors, developers and purchasers involving various construction defect claims
  • Employment Law
      • Presided over a case where the Clark County School District sought to eliminate the position of dean from the structure of employees, thereby affecting compensation, benefits and rank
      • Presided over a cases where a municipality tried to effect the financial rights of the police union; issues included breach of contract and union benefits
  • Entertainment & Sports
      • Presided over dispute between the “Pawn Stars” television show and their initial manager
      • Served as counsel in a case where the ownership of Norman Rockwell’s “Russian Schoolroom” painting was in dispute; an art dealer acquired the painting at auction, and plaintiff claimed the painting had been stolen from his gallery several years prior and transferred to the consignor
      • Presided over claim against the estate of an e-commerce CEO involving the contractual obligations for intellectual property of motion pictures, documentaries and short films
  • Estate Probate Trusts
      • Presided over case involving dispute between heirs of decedents against a professional fiduciary
      • Presided over case involving allegations against a family friend appointed guardian who, while acting as guardian, was claimed to have dissipated the assets of the wards for their personal benefit and failed to keep the asset safe, and for the benefit of the heirs appointed
      • Presided over a case involving the estate of an e-commerce CEO where a creditor sued for fees and royalties of movies under production
  • Health Care
      • Presided over jury trial involving emergency room doctors suing an insurance company for an alleged plan to reduce the reimbursement rates for out-of-network insureds
      • Presided over a health insurer suing the Clark County School District to prevent termination of its contract to insure several categories of employees
  • Personal Injury
      • Presided over a civil suit brought by a woman against the lead singer of a boy band, alleging a prior sexual assault; suit involved anti-SLAPP motion
      • Presided over a case brought on behalf of two students who were bullied at school; case involved state law and federal rights of students
      • Presided over wrongful death case involving fatal car crash occurring at an exotic car experience where both the driver and instructor perished
      • Presided over catastrophic injury cases, including closed head injuries
      • Presided over multiple car accident cases involving rear-enders, auto/ped and safety designs of highways
      • Presided over a case where a recycling plant filed suit against a neighboring business that had a fire, because prevailing winds caused the fire to spread to the recycling business
  • Professional and Product Liability
      • Presided over a case involving a lawyer, in a divorce case, being accused of wrongfully using lis pendens to protect what were to be claimed as marital assets; other issues in the case included existence of a prenuptial agreement and allegations of attempted jury tampering
      • Coordinated for discovery purposes only the Real Water product liability cases involving the production and distribution of alkaline water, which was alleged to have potentially fatal side effects
      • Presided over jury trial involving the estate of a woman who died of lung cancer against a cigarette manufacturer

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Judicature Society, 2011–2013
  • American Bar Association, 1984–2024
    • Fellow, 2011–2024
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, 1983–2024
    • Vice President, 1988
    • Secretary, 1995
  • Clark County Bar Association, 1983–2024
    • Board of Directors, 1994–2000
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 1994–2000
    • President-Elect, 1998
    • President, 1999
  • State Bar of Nevada, 1983—2024
    • Board of Governors, 2000–2009
    • Operations Committee, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
    • Fee Dispute Committee, Panel A, 1998–1999
    • Vice President, 2005
    • President-Elect, 2006
    • President, 2007
  • Clark County Law Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 1994–2002
    • President, 2000
    • Board of Directors, 2010–2011
    • Council of Advocates, 1996–2002
  • Nevada Law Foundation
    • Colleague, 2002
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2000–2010
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, 1998–2008
  • Jean Nidetch Women's Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas
    • Founder's Board Member, 1994
    • Volunteer and Steering Committee, Career Day, 1995
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada
    • Board of Directors, 1985–1993
    • President, Board of Directors, 1992
    • Chair, Council of Advocates, 1996–1998, 2000–2001
    • Immediate Past President, 2008

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Legal Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, 2024
  • Liberty Bell Award, Clark County Law Foundation, 2023
  • Miram Shearing Award, Southern Neveda Association of Women Attorneys, 2022
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010
  • Alumna of the Year, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, 2010
  • Nominee for Practitioner of the Year, Turnaround Management Association, 2009
  • Super Lawyers for the Western Region
  • Named one of 300 women who shaped the history of Las Vegas, Centennial Celebration, Women of Diversity Project, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 2002
  • Community Achievement Award, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 2002
  • Who’s Who In Business, In Business Magazine, 2001–2009
  • President’s Award, Distinguished Service Award, Clark County Bar Association, 2001
  • Honoree, Women of Distinction, National Association of Women Business Owners, 2000
  • Distinguished Women in Southern Nevada, 1999, 2002

Background and Education

  • District Court Judge, Department 27, Eighth Judicial District Court, 2011–2024
  • Mediation Program, National Judicial College, 2014
  • Managing Partner; Nancy L. Allf, Attorney at Law; 2009–2010
  • Partner; Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP; 2007–2009
  • Partner; Parsons, Behle & Latimer; 2005–2007
  • Managing Partner, Allf Paustian & Szostek or Allf & Associates, 1999–2005
  • Attorney; John Peter Lee, Ltd., Attorney at Law; 1984–1999
  • Attorney; Law Offices of John C. Whelton, Chtd.; 1982–1984
  • Certification, General Jurisdiction Course, National Judicial College, 2011
  • J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, 1982
  • B.A., Transylvania University, 1979


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