LAS VEGAS – (July 15, 2021) – James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, founding partners of Pisanelli Bice PLLC, announced today that six of the firm’s attorneys were among select lawyers recognized on the esteemed 2021 Mountain States Super Lawyers lists. Super Lawyers is a national rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice were honored as two of the leading top 100 lawyers in the mountain region, which includes Nevada, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. Pisanelli and Bice have earned Top 100 Super Lawyers distinction every year since 2007. Managing Partner Debra L. Spinelli and of counsel M. Magali Mercera were also recognized as 2021 Super Lawyers. This is the tenth consecutive year Spinelli has been selected for a Super Lawyers list. 2021 marks the first year Mercera has been selected as a Super Lawyer.
Spinelli was also selected to the Top 50 Women Mountain States Super Lawyers list again this year. The 2021 listing is the sixth consecutive year that Spinelli has been selected to the Top 50 Women list.
Attorneys Dustun H. Holmes and Ava M. Schaefer were named 2021 Mountain States Rising Stars. This is Schaefer’s sixth consecutive year appearing on the list, and it is the fifth consecutive year that Holmes has been named a Rising Star.
Recognition by Super Lawyers is a prestigious and highly sought-after honor with only five percent of Nevada’s attorneys selected as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent selected as Rising Stars. Attorneys are designated after undergoing a comprehensive nomination and evaluation process. This patented, multifaceted process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Super Lawyers’ parent company, Thomson Reuters, is the world’s most respected source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
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LAS VEGAS (June 28, 2021) – 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 2021 guide for General Commercial Litigation. Chambers and Partners ranks attorneys and firms based on interviews with their clients and legal colleagues.
The guide quotes a client as saying, “Pisanelli Bice is the best litigation resource in Nevada by a mile.” Another client describes the team’s attorneys as “extremely experienced lawyers who have argued cases up to the Nevada Supreme Court and are respected by judges all the way up,” adding the attorneys “have the practicality of understanding the connection between law and business.”
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 “maintains a sterling practice in complex commercial litigation, with noted expertise in healthcare-related and defamation cases,” and a client states that he is a “legend in the community – a gentleman lawyer who can push aggressively but think carefully.”
Bice is described as being “recommended for his experience as a commercial litigator and for his expertise in gaming-related concerns,” with a client stating he “has handled some of the highest-stakes cases.”
The firm has represented Caesars Entertainment, City National Bank, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, MGM Resorts, the State of Nevada, Las Vegas Sun, and United Health among other high-profile clients. This is the sixth year Pisanelli Bice received a Band 1 distinction.
About Pisanelli Bice
Pisanelli Bice is a Las Vegas-based law firm focused primarily on commercial litigation. The firm, founded by attorneys James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, represents clients ranging from single-entity developers and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, public agencies and some of Nevada’s largest gaming companies.
About Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners has published guides to the legal profession since 1990. With a team of over 150 full-time researchers at its London head office, the company identifies and rank the world`s best lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research.
LAS VEGAS – (May 6, 2021) – James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, founding partners of Pisanelli Bice, are pleased to announce that John A. Fortin has joined the firm as an associate attorney.
Mr. Fortin will practice in commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, focusing on data privacy, cybersecurity, and the evolving problems posed by the Internet of Things (IoT).
“We are excited to welcome John to the firm,” said Pisanelli. “With his expertise and background in emerging technology issues, we believe he will provide a unique specialty to our company and will be a valuable asset for our clients.”
Prior to joining Pisanelli Bice, Mr. Fortin served in the Unites States Navy. For over a decade, he worked as a Cryptologist and Information Warfare Specialist, interfacing with and collaborating across the intelligence community, specifically for the National Security Agency (NSA). Upon matriculation to law school, Mr. Fortin transitioned to the Naval Reserves where he continues to serve today.
Mr. Fortin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. During law school, he served as the Manuscript Editor for the Richmond Law Review and was a member of the school’s moot court team and earned The Order of Barristers honor. He additionally obtained an LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. During law school, he interned for both a Federal District Court Judge and an associate Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Following graduation, Mr. Fortin clerked for Chief Justice Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court.
Mr. Fortin is passionate about serving the community — particularly veterans. In law school, he dedicated hundreds of hours to veterans and their families. The University of Richmond awarded him the Public Interest Law Association Pro Bono Award, the school’s most prestigious honor for community and pro bono service. Additionally, Mr. Fortin regularly volunteers for the Legal Aid Center for Southern Nevada and the pro bono appellate program. He further serves as a JD Ambassador for Service to School, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting transitioning service members seeking admission and scholarships to the nation’s premier law schools.
About Pisanelli Bice
Pisanelli Bice is a Las Vegas-based firm focused primarily on commercial litigation. The firm, founded by attorneys James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, represent clients ranging from single entity developers and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, public agencies as well as some of Nevada’s largest gaming companies.
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 5, 2020) – Founding partners James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, of the litigation firm Pisanelli Bice PLLC, announced today the firm earned seven Tier 1 rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2021.
The firm’s top-level designations are in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, and Litigation – Real Estate.
Pisanelli Bice has a long history in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings, having consecutively earned recognition since 2011.
The firm was named to the top tier based on a comprehensive evaluation process that includes client and peer evaluations of the firm’s expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. To be eligible, firms must have at least one attorney in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America©, which is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.
Pisanelli Bice’s Tier 1 rankings will be included in the 11th annual edition of “Best Law Firms”- a definitive reference tool for legal representation across the U.S. The rankings also are available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
About “Best Law Firms”
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and reviews of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in America© in that particular practice area and metro. For more information on U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” please visit http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.
LAS VEGAS – (Aug. 20, 2020) – Attorneys with Las Vegas-based Pisanelli Bice PLLC have been recognized by Best Lawyers©, a national peer-reviewed lawyer-ranking service. Five attorneys with the boutique law firm will appear in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© publication for their litigation work in Las Vegas.
Founding partner James J. Pisanelli has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the past 15 years. For 2021, he was selected for his work in bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, construction law, construction litigation, and real estate litigation.
The Best Lawyers in America© publication listed partner Todd L. Bice for the 14th consecutive year. For 2021, he was selected for his work in bet-the company litigation, appellate practice, commercial litigation, First Amendment litigation, land use and zoning litigation, and mergers and acquisitions litigation. Notably, he was also honored as a 2021 Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of bet-the-company litigation.
Managing partner Debra Spinelli has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the past nine years. For 2021, she was listed for her work in commercial litigation, construction litigation and health care litigation. For the third consecutive year, of counsel attorney M. Magali Mercera was recognized for her work in commercial litigation.
New to Best Lawyers this year is associate attorney Brittnie Watkins who is a recipient of the Las Vegas “Ones to Watch” award in the categories of appellate practice and commercial litigation.
The 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© highlights the top six percent of private practicing attorneys in the US and is organized by state, city, and practice area for easy readability. Recognition by Best Lawyers is solely based on exhaustive peer review surveys 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.
For more information about Best Lawyers, visit www.bestlawyers.com.
About Pisanelli Bice:
Pisanelli Bice is a Las Vegas-based firm focused primarily on commercial litigation. The firm, founded by attorneys James J. Pisanelli and Todd L. Bice, represents clients ranging from single-entity developers and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, public agencies as well as some of Nevada’s largest gaming companies. For more information, please visit www.pisanellibice.com.
About Best Lawyers:
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.