Joshua H. Reisman

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Joshua H. Reisman is a member and founder of Reisman Sorokac.  He is a former litigation partner of an Am Law 100 national law firm and has been an active trial lawyer in Clark County, Nevada, since 1999. His roots in Nevada, however, date back to 1972. Mr. Reisman has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell®. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation by the Mountain States Super Lawyers publication, and was voted a “Legal Elite” by Nevada Business Magazine.

Before returning to Las Vegas in 1999, Mr. Reisman practiced at a premier, white-collar litigation firm in New York City and served as law clerk to the Honorable Eric L. Clay, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Detroit, Michigan), from 1997-1998, and to the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas), from 1996-1997. Mr. Reisman also served as a deputy district attorney for White Pine County, Nevada.

Mr. Reisman concentrates his practice in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and private mediations and arbitrations, focusing on complex commercial litigation. Mr. Reisman manages the firm’s litigation efforts from inception through trial, post-judgment and appeal.

Practice Areas

Practice Highlights

  • Represented the largest law enforcement association in the state of Nevada in federal and state court constitutional challenges of Clark County’s Coroner’s Inquest Ordinance
  • Represented a former Derivatives Group Managing Director against credit rating powerhouse Moody’s Corporation in a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Representing plaintiffs, as the court-appointed Liaison Counsel, in a derivative shareholder lawsuit against Las Vegas Sands’ Board of Directors concerning alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Representing an institutional investor in a derivative shareholder lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, Limited’s Board of Directors concerning alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Represented the nation’s premier builder of luxury homes in a lawsuit claiming approximately $100 million in damages
  • Argued a case of first impression before an en banc panel (eleven judges) of the Ninth Circuit (the Ninth Circuit has approximately 15,000 filings per year but only averages 19.6 en banc cases per year)
  • Obtained in the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court a landmark, favorable ruling for developers of multi-family housing
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for an Italian wine supplier involved in an international, multi-million-dollar contract dispute
  • Represented a world-renowned, international theatrical show in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada for copyright and trademark infringement
  • Represented a major public electric company in several high-profile condemnations where the state of Nevada had taken easements for high-power transmission lines across valuable, developing resort property
  • Represented a major developer of urban, luxury high-rises against organized condominium-unit owners who were seeking to be released from their purchase contracts
  • Obtained in the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court a favorable ruling for Clark County School District administrators in a religious-speech case of national importance
  • Argued a case of first impression, deemed a “high profile case” by the Supreme Court of Nevada, before the En Banc Court
  • Representing the founder and chairman of a public company that has fourteen million subscribers in the U.S. in defense of a derivative shareholder lawsuit

Education

  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1996, Executive Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change)
  • University of Southern California (B.A., Political Science, 1992, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Graduate of National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) intensive professional training program in Trial Advocacy Skills

Admitted to Practice

  • Nevada, 1999
  • New York, 1998
  • The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • The U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Clark County Bar Association

Volunteer Work/Awards

  • The Anti-Defamation League (the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency)
    • Associate National Commissioner
    • Treasurer, ADL’s Nevada Executive Board
    • Founding Chairman of the Las Vegas Division of the Glass Leadership Institute (a nationally-recognized leadership development program)
    • Chairman of the Civil Rights Committee for ADL’s Nevada Regional Board
  • Received annual Pro Bono Award from a national law firm with more than 550 lawyers
  • Received Anti-Defamation League’s Daniel R. Ginsberg National Leadership Award
  • Jewish Federation of North America
    • Cabinet Member, National Young Leadership Cabinet
  • Jewish Federation of Las Vegas
    • Member, Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Mr. Reisman has spoken on numerous topics, including, among others,
    • Sports and entertainment law before the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the American Bar Association
    • Fair Housing Act issues before the National Apartment Association
    • Landlord/tenant issues before the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute
    • Separation of church and state before the Anti-Defamation League
    • “Sun-tzu and the Art of Litigation” before the Association of Corporate Counsel, as part of an ongoing lecture series
    • “The Coroner’s Inquest Process in Clark County” before Nevada’s Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice
  • Mr. Reisman has appeared as a recurring guest on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston,” a television news program featuring in-depth interviews with community leaders on Nevada’s most important issues
  • Mr. Reisman has served as an expert on United States law concerning personal and subject matter jurisdiction before the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and the High Court of New Zealand, Christchurch Registry
  • “Anatomy of Garcia v. Brockway: My Case that Could Go to the United States Supreme Court – But I Sure Hope It Doesn’t.” Communiqué Aug. 2008