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Hon. David Wall (Ret.)

Hon. David Wall (Ret.)

General Biography
Practice Areas
Construction Defect
Employment Law
Health Care
Personal Injury/Torts
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education
Hon. David Wall (Ret.) served Las Vegas as a District Court Judge from 2002 until 2010. Judge Wall was consistently rated by attorneys as one of the top two trial judges in the Las Vegas Review Journal's "Judging the Judges" surveys each year the survey was conducted (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010). In 2006, he was named to the list of "500 Leading Judges in America" by Lawdragon Magazine after less than four years on the bench. An AV rated lawyer both before and after his service on the bench, Judge Wall was recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2012 and 2014. 

Since joining JAMS in 2014, Judge Wall has successfully mediated hundreds of cases and frequently serves as an Arbitrator. He has also been selected as a Special Master for complex litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
      • Settled dispute between physicians as members of surgery center practice over redemption of shares for resigning member
      • Mediated resolution of dispute between merchant and ATM provider/servicer over alleged thefts of cash by employees of ATM provider
      • Mediated commercial lease dispute between major airline and commercial landlord over lease term, tenant improvements and cancellation provisions
      • Arbitrated dispute between county and vendor maintaining airport transit systems regarding the damages owed to vendor after county terminated contract between the parties
      • Presided over disputes regarding issues of enforcement of non-competition clauses and agreements restricting dissemination of proprietary intellectual property
      • Settled dispute between charity and board member over alleged fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of charity funds by board member
      • Resolved dispute between construction fabrication companies regarding alleged misappropriation and unauthorized use of trade secrets and confidential information
      • Appointed Special Master in high profile commercial litigation, tasked with resolving issues regarding review of and access to privileged and confidential information contained on numerous internal and external hard drives
  • Cannabis
      • Successfully mediated dispute between cannabis cultivation/sales operator and Native American tribe as members of joint venture for cannabis cultivation and sales on tribal lands
      • Settled dispute between members of joint venture for cannabis cultivation and dispensary over investment returns, accounting and distributions of profits
      • Arbitration between members of cannabis cultivation entities regarding disputes over management of cultivation facility, removal of managers and for injunctive relief
  • Education/Schools
      • Settled action by parents of 13-year-old student against prep school for teacher's ongoing inappropriate romantic relationship with student
      • Resolved issue of minor's eligibility to receive education benefits from school district
  • Employment Law
      • Settled action by manager of hospice against supervisor for discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation alleging ongoing acts of sexual misconduct
      • Resolved dispute between casino and executive over contract terms, including stock option grants, profit participation and severance package 
      • Settled action by apartment complex employee against owner of complex, accusing supervisor of sexually assaulting her during business hours
      • Arbitrated action by auditing employee against employer for allegations of unpaid overtime and retaliatory discharge in violation of public policy, based on the employee's pursuit of claims under ADA, FMLA and/or Workers Compensation Act
      • Successfully mediated action by 14 employees against spa/salon alleging injuries as result of workplace toxins; conducted detailed impartial allocation of settlement proceeds among the 14 claimants
      • Successfully mediated potential class action for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices brought by nurses allegedly forced to pay for residency program as condition of employment
      • Resolved potential wage and hour class action involving hotel/casino providing proper health benefits to justify paying a lower tier minimum wage
      • Settled action by former officer/director of industrial hemp company owned by Chinese conglomerate regarding claims of ownership interest and unpaid commissions
      • Arbitration of dispute between former employee and retail clothing store over amounts owed to employee for required purchases of employer's clothing in excess of clothing allowance 
      • Appointed by governing body to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by city manager
  • Entertainment and Sports
      • Settled action by player in youth basketball tournament against tournament host/organizer and installer of portable basketball court for injuries suffered on uneven court surface
      • Successfully resolved dispute between hotel/casino and headline performer over benefits, paid time off, costume costs, medical insurance and profit sharing
      • Resolved action for injuries to patron as result of crowd stampede at resort arena immediately following prize fight
      • Presided over bench trial in action between high profile fight promoter and heavyweight boxing championship contender over obligations related to purses and future fight schedule
      • Settled action between hotel/casino and showroom ticket seller for alleged breach of contract following cyberattack on ticket merchant
  • Estate/Probate/Trusts
      • Mediated dispute over value of trusts for family members of deceased chairman of media conglomerate 
      • Successfully mediated dispute among family members over decendent's interests in family limited partnerships, investment accounts and real estate holdings
      • Presided over dispute regarding capacity of decedent to execute will and enter into annuity and IRA transactions 
  • Health Care
      • Successfully mediated wrongful termination/whistleblower action by pharmacist exposing allegedly illegal practices of pharmacy chain
      • Mediated dispute between emergency services provider and health insurance insurer over coding practices for emergency services
      • Mediated dispute between orthopedic medical practice and medical lien acquisition company and litigation loan company involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and usurpation of corporate opportunities
      • Settled action between ambulatory surgery center and health care operations consulting company over alleged breach of management agreement regarding billing practices
      • Arbitrated dispute between surgery center and funding company over agreement governing the assignment of liens for personal injury plaintiffs treated by surgery center on lien basis
      • Successfully mediated potential class action for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices brought by nurses allegedly forced to pay for residency program as condition of employment
      • Appointed Special Master for discovery issues in litigation between emergency medicine provider and Medicaid managed care organization over coding practices for emergency medical services
  • Insurance
      • Successfully mediated consolidated action by Insurance Commissioner as court-appointed receiver to recover assets for alleged misconduct by insurer's officers/directors, third party administrator, risk management company, auditor, actuary and former coverage counsel
      • Mediated action between underlying auto insurer and excess carrier over failure to settle with insured within underlying policy limits
      • Settled action against professional liability policy of personal guardian by victims of guardianship scheme, involving issues of potential application of multiple exclusions in policy
      • Resolved coverage dispute between company's insurer and personal insurance carrier regarding executive driving company car involved in motor vehicle accident causing injuries while returning to work from lunch break
      • Mediated action based on allegation of insurer's bad faith in failing to pay on disability policy</li
  • Personal Injury/Torts
      • Settled action for wrongful death and personal injuries suffered in motor vehicle accident involving tractor-trailer passing multiple cars on two-lane rural highway, resulting in multi-car collision
      • Successfully resolved many actions for damages suffered in motor vehicle accidents, including cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, etc.
      • Mediated resolution of claim by minor against personal trainer and fitness facility for damages caused by sexual assault of minor by personal trainer
      • Settled action by night club patron for injuries allegedly suffered when hotel security officers used excessive force to remove patron
      • Arbitrated valuations of damages for purposes of applying Uninsured Motorist benefits
      • Settled action against motocross facility for injuries incurred by patron when struck by motocross bike during race
      • Resolved action against care facility for injuries suffered by intellectually disabled teenage patient for second degree burns suffered in scalding shower 
      • Mediated action for injuries suffered by taxi passengers when driver suffered syncopal episode leading to single car accident with palm tree
      • Successfully resolved action for personal injuries allegedly incurred during motor vehicle accident with strong issues of accident being staged by group of claimants
      • Settled action for injuries suffered while attempting to prevent injuries to Plaintiff's Chihuahua attacked by vicious Rhodesian Ridgeback
      • Successfully resolved numerous premises liability actions for injuries suffered in slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall incidents in shopping malls, hotel/casinos, grocery stores, apartment complexes, parking lots
  • Product Liability
      • Successfully mediated products liability action against manufacturer of elevator that allegedly malfunctioned, trapping wheelchair-bound Plaintiff in elevator doors, causing injury to his lumbar spine
      • Mediation of premises liability and products liability action against premises owner and manufacturer of entrance gate into business complex that allegedly malfunctioned, falling on to Plaintiff, causing injury
      • Successfully mediated action against national car rental chain and manufacturer of automobile for injuries suffered when allegedly defective tires caused rollover accident, injuring Plaintiffs
      • Mediation of products liability action against manufacturer of swimming pool filter that exploded as result of an allegedly defective pressure valve, injuring Plaintiff
      • Successfully mediated products liability and breach of warranty action against manufacturer, distributor and installer of allegedly defective ceramic-lined steel pipes installed at mine
      • Successfully mediated products liability action against manufacturer and distributor of motor scooter for injuries suffered as result of allegedly defective steering mechanism causing accident
  • Professional Liability
      • Mediated multiple disputes involving alleged construction defects in projects of 15 to 160 units, including third party actions by general contractor against various subcontractors
      • Presided over eleven-week trial over allegation of defects in quality of concrete supplied for construction of casino resort
  • Real Property
      • Successfully resolved commercial lease dispute between landlord and Korean market over base rent credits, tenant improvements, Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges and sign charges
      • Settled commercial lease dispute between hotel/casino and restaurant involving base rent and procedure for reimbursing restaurant for comps generated by hotel
      • Mediated commercial lease dispute between major airline and commercial landlord over lease term, tenant improvements and cancellation provisions
      • Settled dispute between buyer and seller regarding mutual mistake in terms of warehouse sale agreement
      • Successfully resolved action against apartment complex for negligent security, resulting in wrongful death of tenant murdered by previously trespassed visitor
      • Arbitrated dispute between property management company and design company over construction of custom glass guardrail system for residential spiral staircase
      • Presided over lien foreclosure action for subcontractors on construction of casino resort

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2012, 2014
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors, 2011-2013
  • Chairman, Committee to Select Clark County District Attorney Candidates, 2012
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Highest Rated District Court Judge, Las Vegas Review-Journal Biennial Survey of Clark County Attorneys, 2004 and 2010
  • Graduate, Mediation for Judges, American Bar Association, 2009
  • 2nd Highest Rated District Court Judge, Las Vegas Review-Journal Biennial Survey of Clark County Attorneys, 2006 and 2008
  • Named one of 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon Magazine, Winter 2006
  • Contributor, Take the Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross-Examination, a compilation of essays on cross-examination selected by Court TV host, R. Klieman, Juris Publishing, Inc., 2006
  • Board Member, YMCA of Las Vegas, 2002-2003
  • Graduate, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program, 2002
  • Member, Las Vegas Founders Club, 1994-2007
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, Nevada Judges Association (former)

Background and Education

  • Partner, Eglet Wall Christiansen, 2010-2014
  • Judge, Eighth District Judicial Court, Clark County, 2003-2010
  • Chief Deputy District Attorney, Clark County, 1996-2002
  • Deputy Public Defender, Nevada Public Defender’s Office, 1994-1996
  • Associate Attorney, Gentile, Porter and Kelesis, P.C., 1991-1994
  • Deputy Public Defender, Nevada Public Defender’s Office, Clark County, 1987-1991
  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin


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