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Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd.
9600 Gateway Drive
Reno, Nevada 89521-8953Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 775-322-1170
Fax: 775-322-1865
Emer/After Hrs: 775-786-3035
Mobile: 775-762-8545
E-Mail: dhayward@laxalt-nomura.com
www.laxalt-nomura.com
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Client Information
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Service Areas
Established: 1986

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Bad Faith
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Medical Devices
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Land Use
  • Appeals
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About Us
Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd. is an AV-rated civil litigation law firm founded in 1986 by Bruce Laxalt and Don Nomura, two former Washoe County, Nevada, Chief Deputy District Attorneys. Our philosophy is to quickly determine each client's litigation objective, then work diligently to achieve that goal in an efficient and effective manner. Whether your case is resolved through mediation, motion practice, trial, or appeal, our team of attorneys has the skills and experience to provide you with the best possible legal representation at a reasonable cost.

We can provide state-wide legal services to our clients through our offices in Reno and Las Vegas.
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Additional Locations
Las Vegas, Nevada
6720 Via Austi Parkway, Suite 430
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Telephone: 725-388-1551
Fax: 725-388-1559
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Admiral Insurance CompanyAIG/American International Group
American Specialty Insurance & Risk Services, Inc.American Trucking and Transportation Insurance Company
AmTrust North AmericaAttorneys Liability Protection Society
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesChurch Mutual Insurance Company
Citigroup/TravelersCommerce Insurance Company
Farmers Insurance GroupFireman's Fund Insurance Company
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.Great Northwest Insurance Company
The Hartford Insurance GroupHouston Casualty Company
Interstate Insurance GroupLawyer's Protector Plan
Markel Insurance CompanyMarkel Southwest Underwriters, Inc.
MetLife Auto & HomeMetropolitan Casualty Insurance Company
National Fire and Marine Insurance CompanyProfessional Indemnity Agency
Professionals Direct Insurance CompanyRanger Insurance Company
Royal Insurance CompanySafeco Insurance
The St. Paul CompaniesSeneca Insurance Company, Inc.
Sentry InsuranceTravelers Indemnity Company
Travelers Insurance CompaniesUSLI
Non-Insurance Clients
Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Astra Pharmaceutical Products, Inc.
Atlantis Hotel and CasinoBarr/Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bayer CorporationCaterpillar Inc.
Constitution State ServicesDeere & Company
Golden Gaming, Inc.ITW Food Equipment Group
Merck & Company, Inc.Monitor Liability Managers, Inc.
Mountain Air Enterprises, Inc.Pfizer, Inc.
Renown Health SystemReynen & Bardis Communities
St. Mary's Regional Medical CenterSignature Flight Support
Southern Nevada Water AuthoritySouthwest Risk Services, Inc.
Swift Transportation CorporationTerex Corporation
Textron, Inc.Wells Fargo Bank
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Personnel Information
Shareholders
Steven E. Guinn
Reno, NV
E-Mail:sguinn@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • Property Liability
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Devices
  • General Defense
Admitted
  • California, 1989
  • Nevada, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Nevada, B.S. (with distinction), 1986
  • Pepperdine University, J.D., 1989
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Daniel T. Hayward
Reno, NV
E-Mail:dhayward@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Business Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Missouri, 1994
  • Kansas, 1995
  • Nevada, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1996
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • The University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University, B.A. (with distinction), 1991
  • The University of Iowa, J.D. (with high distinction), 1994
Fraternity Information:
Phi Kappa Phi
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Jason W. Peak
Reno, NV
E-Mail:jpeak@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1999
  • California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2003
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 1994
  • Willamette University, J.D., 1999
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James E. Murphy
Reno, NV
E-Mail:jmurphy@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Automobile Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Arbitration
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1997
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.A., 2000
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, J.D., 2003
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Holly Parker
Reno, NV
E-Mail:hparker@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Premises Liability
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 2003
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2006
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Senior Attorneys
Don Nomura
Reno, NV
E-Mail:dnomura@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Nevada
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada (Ethics Committee, 1986)
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel, Northern Nevada
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate)
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1971
  • Southwestern University, J.D., 1976
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Wayne A. Shaffer
Reno, NV
E-Mail:wshaffer@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • General Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Nevada, 1981
  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Washoe County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • Master, American Inns of Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • University of Nevada, B.A., 1977
  • California Western School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1981
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Janice Hodge Jensen
Reno, NV
E-Mail:jjensen@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
Admitted
  • California, 1982
  • Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1985
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • Arizona State University, B.S. (cum laude), 1979
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1982
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Madelyn Shipman
Reno, NV
Practice Areas
  • Administrative Law
  • Land Use
  • Water Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
Admitted
  • Minnesota, 1977
  • Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1983
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • American University, B.A., 1964
  • Hamline University, J.D., 1977
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Lon Burke
Reno, NV
E-Mail:lburke@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Arizona, 1994
  • Nevada, 1997
  • Colorado, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
Education:
  • Boise State University, B.S., 1991
  • The University of Iowa, J.D., 1994
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Associates
Justin Vance
Reno, NV
E-Mail:jvance@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Construction Defect
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appeals
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 2004
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2008
Language:
  • Spanish
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Ryan Leary
Reno, NV
E-Mail:rleary@laxalt-nomura.com
Practice Areas
  • General Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Defect
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2009
Memberships:
  • American and Washoe County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 2005
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2009
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Joshua Halen
Reno, NV
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2015
Memberships:
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A. Political Science, 2011
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2015
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Samantha J. Rice
Reno, NV
Admitted
  • Nevada, 2016
Memberships:
  • Washoe County Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 2012
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, J.D. (cum laude), 2016
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Service Areas
Carson City, Nevada25 miles
Elko, Nevada240 miles
Lake Tahoe, Nevada60 miles
Las Vegas, Nevada443 miles
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