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Lawrence Leavitt

Hon. Lawrence R. Leavitt (Ret.)

Case Manager
Scott Parreno
T: 702-835-7806
F: 702-437-5267
3800 Howard Hughes Parkway, 11th Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89169


Hon. Lawrence R. Leavitt (Ret.) joined JAMS following 24 years on the federal bench. He has vast experience resolving complex legal disputes, having mediated more than 1,500 cases after being appointed a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada in 1987. Prior to joining the federal judiciary, Judge Leavitt worked for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Leavitt has resolved disputes across a wide array of practice areas, including business/commercial, class action, and intellectual property. He is an expert in employment matters, having settled numerous cases involving legal issues in the workplace.

He is highly regarded among counsel for his expertise in the law, his professional approach to resolving cases, and the pleasant demeanor he brings into even the most contentious disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Banking
    • FDIC case against former bank directors and officers for failure of due diligence in approving failed construction loans
    • FDIC case involving quiet title action against foreclosed upon property
  • Business/Commercial
    • Breach of operating agreement among partners in outpatient surgery centers
    • Dispute concerning payment of services rendered to private health plan members at VA facilities in Nevada
    • Breach of contract matter involving resale of high-end salon products to retailers
    • Breach of lease agreement dispute between outdoor advertisement companies over defective signs 
    • Resolved through mediation contract dispute between charter airline and provider of charter air transportation and related services
  • Civil Rights
    • Action by promoter and organizer of annual outdoor event against the county commission, sheriff and district attorney for violation of First Amendment right of free expression and Fourteenth Amendment right to due process regarding county licensing fees
    • Mediated multi-million-dollar settlement of civil rights action against two law enforcement agencies for denial of meaningful access to courts on wrongful death claim in violation of First and Fourteenth Amendments
    • Mediated settlement of civil rights and negligence claims against county child protective services agency and foster parents following disappearance of two-year-old child
  • Class Action/Mass Torts
    • Mediated wage and hour case involving failure to pay overtime and timely pay all wages due and owing
    • Mediation and settlement of dispute in which plaintiffs claimed violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Mediation and settlement of ERISA class action arising out of hotel/casino’s failure to contribute to employee group medical plans
  • Employment
    • Judge Leavitt has mediated, arbitrated, and presided as a judge over a wide variety of employment matters, including:
      • Benefit and pension plan claims
      • Claims alleging sexually hostile workplace environment
      • Claims alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act
      • Discrimination actions, including those involving age, gender, and religion
      • Disputes involving breach of employment contracts
      • Wage and hour disputes, including individual plaintiff and class action claims
      • Wrongful termination disputes involving retaliatory discharge, fraud, and defamation claims
  • Insurance
    • Mediation involving dispute over directors and officers liability insurance policies
    • Settlement of breach of contract and bad faith claims against multiple carriers of professional liability insurance policies
  • Intellectual Property
    • Mediated settlement of trademark-infringement case against company accused of selling “knock-offs” of plaintiff’s distinctive guitars
  • Personal Injury
    • Arbitration among three defendants to determine their respective contributions to global $825,000 settlement of two personal injury claims
    • Arbitration involving injuries sustained in motorcycle accident
    • Mediation between two companies over responsibility for fire during construction of building
  • Product Liability
    • Mediated resolution of product liability case involving failure of titanium screws and rods inserted during back surgery
  • Real Property
    • Mediated dispute involving purchase of penthouse condominium in major hotel/casino
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada, 1970-present
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association
  • Nevada American Inn of Court, 1989-present (President, 1991-1993)
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, 1987-2011
  • Trial Attorney and Chief, Las Vegas Organized Crime Strike Force, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981-1987
  • Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Nevada, 1978-1981
  • Deputy and Chief Deputy District Attorney, Clark County, Nevada, 1972-1978
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law)
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., University of Illinois

Counsel Comments

    • “Truly professional yet refreshingly friendly to all…this case never would have settled without Judge Leavitt”

      - Las Vegas attorney 



Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment
  • Federal Judge
  • Intellectual Property


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