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LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2019) – James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, founding partners of Pisanelli Bice PLLC, announced today that the boutique law firm has been named among the country’s best litigation firms in rankings compiled by the prestigious service Chambers & Partners.

Pisanelli Bice is one of only four Nevada firms honored in Band 1 of the Chambers USA 2019 guide for General Commercial Litigation. Chambers and Partners ranks attorneys and firms based on interviews with their clients and legal colleagues. The guide’s researchers report that Pisanelli Bice provides “quality representation in a range of commercial litigation for local gaming and hotel resorts, governmental bodies and construction companies,” and is “highly experienced at both trial and appellate level in issues arising out of corporate and real estate transactions including (mergers and acquisitions) and major property developments.”

Chambers also recognized and spotlighted both founders as outstanding litigators, as both Pisanelli and Bice are ranked as Band 1 attorneys for General Commercial Litigation.

The guide’s commentary notes that Pisanelli’s “strong litigation practice incorporates commercial, construction and healthcare expertise,” and a client states that he is a “very solid advocate.”

Bice is described as “highly regarded in the market and earns particular praise for his trial skills. He represents clients in business disputes and offers expertise in gaming matters.”

The firm has represented Caesars Entertainment, City National Bank, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, MGM Resorts, the State of Nevada, and United Health among other high-profile clients. This is the fourth year Pisanelli Bice received a Band 1 distinction.

“We are honored that Chambers continues to recognize our commitment to excellence when serving our clients,” Pisanelli said. “Our small, professional team uses extensive experiences and acumen to provide a concerted focus in commercial litigation, ensuring our clients receive the effective representation they deserve.”

Pisanelli Bice was named in Vegas Inc.’s “Legal notes: Local award winners, Aug. 13, 2018″, highlighting a number of their top attorneys for locally won awards.

  • James Pisanelli — general commercial litigation
  • Todd Bice — business litigation (Top 100)
  • Dustun Holmes — business litigation (Rising Star)
  • Kirill Mikhaylov — business litigation (Rising Star)
  • James Pisanelli — business litigation (Top 100)
  • Ava Schaefer — business litigation (Rising Star)
  • Debra Spinelli — business litigation (Top 100, Top 50 Women)


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LAS VEGAS – (Aug. 16, 2018) – James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, founding partners of Pisanelli Bice PLLC, announced today that five of the firm’s attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers©, a national peer-reviewed lawyer-ranking service. Pisanelli Bice attorneys will appear in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© publication for their litigation work in Las Vegas.

Founding partner Pisanelli has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the past 13 years. For 2019, he has been selected for his work in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, construction law, construction litigation, and real estate litigation. He was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 and 2016 for his work in construction law.

The Best Lawyers in America publication listed partner Bice for the 12th consecutive year. For 2019, he has been selected for his work in commercial litigation, appellate practice, first amendment litigation, land use and zoning litigation, and mergers and acquisitions litigation. Bice was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Managing partner Debra Spinelli has been recognized for the past seven years for her work in commercial and construction litigation. Attorney Barry Langberg was recognized again this year by Best Lawyers and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication for a total of 11 years.

New to Best Lawyers this year is associate attorney Magali Mercera who was recognized for her work in commercial litigation.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is solely based on an exhaustive peer review and only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. Best Lawyers has provided this ranking service for over 30 years and has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Those selected to the Best Lawyers lists are recognized in the Best Lawyers publication, The Best Lawyers in America.

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A drug company’s lawsuit halted the Wednesday night execution of condemned killer Scott Dozier about nine hours before he was set to die.

District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez heard arguments in the civil case for about two hours before barring the Nevada Department of Corrections from using one of the three drugs it had planned to include in Dozier’s lethal injection.

The Department of Corrections later announced that it had postponed the execution.

“The execution, which was ordered by the court, will not take place until further notice,” according to the announcement.

Dozier, 47, was to be executed at 8 p.m. at Ely State Prison with a drug combination never before used in capital punishment. It would have been the first execution in Nevada since 2006.

District Judge Jennifer Togliatti signed Dozier’s execution warrant last month.

‘Irreparable harm’

Alvogen Inc., which started distributing the sedative midazolam in August, filed a lawsuit Tuesday that accused the Department of Corrections of surreptitiously obtaining the drug for use in the execution.

In an April 20 letter distributed to governors, attorneys general and prison directors in each of the 31 states that carry the death penalty, the multibillion-dollar drug company “wrote in the clearest possible terms that Alvogen strongly objects to use of its products in capital punishment,” according to the lawsuit.

Within days of learning that their product was obtained by Nevada prison authorities, the company moved to stop the execution, arguing that Alvogen would suffer “immediate and irreparable harm” should it proceed.


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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was ordered to pay a Las Vegas sculptor more than $3.5 million last week, after it inadvertently used an image of his Statue of Liberty replica on stamps.

Artist Robert Davidson sued the USPS for copyright infringement five years ago, arguing that “Forever” stamps issued in 2011 bore the likeness not of the original Lady Liberty, but of the recreation Davidson produced for the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Court documents show that that the USPS did accidentally base the stamp design — which featured a close-up image of the statue’s face — off a photograph of Davidson’s statue. The USPS did not realize its mistake until informed by a stock photography company employee more than three months after the stamps were issued.

When Davidson eventually filed his lawsuit, the agency’s attorneys argued that the two statues were too similar for the sculptor to claim copyright.

Davidson, however, claimed that his statue’s face is “more modern, a little more contemporary face, definitely more feminine” than the original, according to the court documents. Davidson also said he specifically wanted to distinguish his work from the original in New York, to create something “more appropriate for Las Vegas.”

In the end, Federal Judge Eric Bruggink sided with Davidson, writing in his decision that, “A comparison of the two faces unmistakably shows that they are different.” Bruggink ordered the USPS to pay Davidson $3,554,946.95, plus interest.

“Robert Davidson is pleased that after a full trial, the Federal Court of Claims recognized the significance of his artistic work in creating the Las Vegas Lady Liberty statue and enforcing his copyright,” Davidson’s lawyer, Todd Bice, told MONEY in a statement. “As the court noted, Mr. Davidson’s artistic creation of the Las Vegas Lady Liberty is highly unique and attractive, which is what prompted the US Postal Service to select a photo of his work for the second ever Forever Stamp, over hundreds of other images.”

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Pisanelli Bice Receives Tier One Ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2017
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