Eleissa Lavelle

Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Debbie Holloman
T: 702-835-7804
F: 702-437-5267
7160 Rafael Rivera Way, Suite #400, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Eleissa C. Lavelle is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq. litigated and prepared estate plans, was involved in probate and trust administration, and negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements for small and large business for the past 20 years in private practice, . She has assisted parties in planning and drafting estate plans for small and multimillion dollar estates for individuals and families. Additionally, Ms. Lavelle has counseled and assisted parties in the operation, management, ownership structures and succession planning of family-owned businesses.

Ms. Lavelle has litigated, resolved and mediated contested probate and trust administration cases, as well as guardianship disputes involving elderly parents and young children. She has also served as a trustee in contentious administration of trusts. Her creativity, persistent follow-up, and calm, common-sense approach is imperative to guiding parties to a satisfactory resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated multimillion-dollar dispute between trustee, former wife and child involving on-going business 
  • Settled dispute involving surviving owner of construction company and family of deceased owner 
  • Mediated dispute concerning guardianship and visitation involving grandparent, disabled parent and young children 
  • Mediated dispute involving end of life planning between parent, adult children, and second spouse 
  • Resolved proposed conservatorship dispute between children and adult parent involved in relationship with much younger person 
  • Resolved trust administration and valuation dispute between adult children involving ongoing business and real estate interests of parents killed in common accident 
  • Resolved multiple cases involving business valuations, accounting issues and sale and management of commercial real estate 
  • Settled cases involving buy-sell agreements between co-owners of plumbing, construction and manufacturing businesses 
  • Negotiated and resolved disputes between family members operating family-owned businesses
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as a “Best Lawyer,” The Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2022
  • Recognized as a “Super Lawyer,” Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • Adjunct Faculty — Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Real Estate Finance
    • Negotiation
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Seminars, Las Vegas, Nevada (Taking and Defending Depositions) 
  • U.S. District Court for Nevada’s Section 1983 Inmate Early Mediation Program Mediator Panel
  • Former General Counsel, Clark County School District
  • Former Member and Chairman, Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee
  • Member
    • State Bar of Nevada
    • Utah State Bar

Recent Publications

  • “Timing Is Everything: Balance Risk and Opportunity to Decide When to Mediate,” and "Timing Is Everything: When is hte Best Time to Mediate," JAMS Global Construction Solutions, Spring 2014 
  • “Payment and Lien Statutes Are Potential Landmines,” Modern Contract Solutions, 2010
  • “Negotiation in the Red Zone: Excelling When It’s Critical,” JAMS Global Construction Solutions, Winter 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Nevada - April 29, 2021 - Nuts and Bolts of Negotiation 
  • Pima County, Arizona, Bar Association - Zoom Mediations, Arbitrations and Hearings, 2020
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys - Advanced Mediation Strategies, 2017
  • JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group Biennial Conference, February 22, 2018 - Facilitative and Evaluative Styles and Strategies in Mediating Construction Disputes
  • Fidelity National Law Group, October 17, 2017 - Persuasive Pre-Trial Advocacy in Litigation
  • STRATEGIC MOTION PRACTICE THROUGHOUT LITIGATION: The When, Why and How of Pleading Wars, Discovery Wars, Sanctions and all Sorts of Motions (Panel)
  • HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF MEDIATION: Six Things to Consider in the Process (Panel)
  • State Bar of Nevada, October 6, 2017 - Negotiation Skills
  • State Bar of Nevada, December 7, 2016 - Ethics in Negotiation and Settlement 
  • "Mediation Advocacy," Nevada State Bar Young Lawyers (panel discussion), 2015
  • "Effective Use of Experts in Arbitration," State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting, 2014
  • "Arbitration Clauses for Commercial Transactions and Disputes," Association of Corporate Counsel, 2014
  • "Ethical Aspects of Building an Arbitration Practice," American Bar Association Webinar, 2013
  • "Exploring the Pros and Cons of Mediation," Association of Corporate Counsel (panel discussion), July 2013
  • "Legislative Update: Common Interest Community Operation, Management and Dispute Resolution," State Bar of Nevada Webinar, 2013
  • Settlement Conference Training, Clark County District Court Judges, 2013
  • "Strategies to Streamline Your Arbitration," Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, 2013
  • "Strategies for Managing Disputes and Claims Without Litigation," Construction Management Association of America, South Nevada Chapter, 2012
  • Presentations on effective strategies for mediation and arbitration to various private law firms in Nevada and Utah
  • General Counsel, Clark County School District, Present 
  • L.L.M. Degree in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law
  • J.D. and B.A., University of Utah
    • Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi
  • Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  • Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP
  • Shareholder, Lavelle & Associates, PC
  • State Bar of Nevada’s First Bar Counsel

Counsel Comments

    • "In mediation and arbitration, Eleissa is “conscientious, relentless, well prepared.”

      - Prominent Las Vegas attorney
    • “[Ms. Lavelle] performed phenomenally and made me look like a hero to my office and my client. I remain very grateful for her attention and service in this matter and prior matters.”
    • “Ms. Lavelle had a great understanding of the issues and her background in real estate matters was quite helpful.”
    • “[Ms. Lavelle] balanced the table extremely well.”
    • “[Ms. Lavelle’s] bluntness backed by her experience was very effective for all sides.”
    • “Mediator Lavelle listened to my concerns prior to the mediation…and prepared herself for the case issues that arose at the mediation hearing.”
    • “Her ability to present strengths and weaknesses of case and to be persistent” made a decisive difference in the outcome."
    • “Lisa Lavelle, if there were more of you, a lot could be accomplished.”
    • “Quick and was insightful.”
    • “Ms. Lavelle did a fantastic job.  The parties were far apart and at a perceived impasse.  Twice she went back and brought the parties closer until the deal was closed.  An all-around pleasurable experience.” 
    • “Ms. Lavelle was one of the best mediators I have ever worked with.  She worked extremely hard over 6.5 hours to get it globally settled in a difficult case.  Could not have been more satisfied.” 
    • “[Ms. Lavelle] was very patient, tireless in her efforts and her commitment to the process was obvious.  Before the mediation began my expectation was no settlement agreement would be reached.  Ms. Lavelle is an exceptional mediator.”



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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