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Eleissa Lavelle

Email: elavelle@fabianvancott.com

Direct Line : 801.323.2207

Fax : 877.898.1168

Mobile : 702.497.2478

411 East Bonneville Ave Suite 400
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101


Eleissa Lavelle works in Fabian VanCott's Las Vegas office. Ms. Lavelle is Of Counsel with Fabian VanCott, having practiced more than 30 years as a trial, appellate and transactional attorney, while also having extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator. She has been involved as an advocate and arbitrator in a number of matters involving public and private construction, real estate and commercial disputes, including those arising from the development, financing, constructions leasing and management of shopping centers, offices, industrial facilities and residential projects. As a mediator and arbitrator, Eleissa has resolved disputes involving dissolution of business enterprises, trust administration, financial institutions, investments, and a wide variety of commercial property and real estate transactions. In complex cases, she is able to team with other Fabian VanCott attorneys with expertise in the firm's core competency areas. Eleissa is an adjunct professor at Boyd Law School at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where she teaches negotiation and real estate finance. She received her LL.M. degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine Law School, and earned both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor's degrees from the University of Utah. Eleissa is admitted to the state and federal courts of Utah and Nevada as well as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Recognized as a "Best Lawyer", The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 - 2015
Recognized as a "Super Lawyer", Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2014
Adjunct faculty member, Real Estate Finance and Negotiation, Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge
Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2013 - 2015
Mediator, U.S. District Court for Nevada's Section 1983 Inmate Early Mediation Program
Member, Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee
Drafted legislation involving dispute resolution systems and processes for common interest communities
State Bar of Nevada's First Bar Counsel
Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, The Resolution Experts, January 2012 - present
Partner, Duane Morris, LLP, January 2010 - December 2011
Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, January 2007 - December 2009
Shareholder, Lavelle & Associates, PC
Admitted, U.S. District Courts of Nevada, U.S. District Courts of Utah, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Member, State Bar of Nevada, Utah State Bar

Representative Projects


Contract, secured transactions, valuation, business entity dissolutions, buy-sell agreements, and shareholder disputes, including:

- Disputes involving business buyouts and non-compete agreements
- Disputes involving intercreditor agreements and disputes among participating lenders
- Enforcement of guarantee agreements, deeds of trust, and other secured transactions
- Shareholder and limited liability company member claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and mismanagement

Delay, disruption, defective construction, surety, and licensing disputes between and among public and private owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties, including:

- Coverage and indemnity disputes under surety agreements
- Defective construction claims involving individual single family homes, residential development, and commercial properties
- Delay and disruption claims
- Enforcement and priority of mechanic's liens
- Insurance coverage disputes in connection with defective construction claims

General liability, malpractice, title insurance, and surety agreements, including:

- Coverage disputes arising from legal malpractice, real estate, title, construction, and general commercial liability policy disputes
- Enforceability of payment and performance bonds
- Enforcement of indemnity agreements
- Title insurance coverage claims involving alleged broken priority in construction projects
- Disputes concerning title insurance coverage, including disputes among title insurers

Represented clients in matters and conducted mediation and arbitration for banks, financial institutions, and regulatory agencies. Matters included interlender disputes, loan participation disputes among lenders, and disputes concerning solicitations and participation of investors in loan transactions, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duties claims.

Cases involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, including:

- Automobile accident case tried to jury and reversed on appeal
- Wrongful death case involving alleged negligent design of a freeway bypass and signage

Legal and medical malpractice, including:

- Established Nevada's first Office of Bar Counsel and was subsequently appointed on Nevada State Bar arbitral panels overseeing alleged ethical violations and attorney malfeasance
- Legal malpractice disputes involving real estate and commercial transactions
- Litigated legal malpractice disputes and medical malpractice cases

Common-interest communities, purchase and sale agreements, title and easement disputes, condemnation and valuation matters, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including:

- Condemnation by public authorities and utilities
- Interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenants in common-interest communities
- Super-priority issues involving community associations and lenders
- Title and competing priority disputes among secured lenders and developers
- Title and competing priority disputes among secured lenders and mechanic's lien claimants
- Distressed commercial developments involving sophisticated lenders, developers, guarantors and title companies
- Competing title and priority disputes involving lenders, contractors, title insurers and other lienholders
- Commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including those involving tenant improvements, alleged abandonment of shopping centers by anchor tenants, repair issues and other lease disputes
- Numerous premises liability cases
- Matters involving ground, shopping center, telecommunication and office building leases
- Dispute concerning alleged violations of restrictive covenants, breach of contract and statutory obligations among community associations, owners and community managers
- Disputes regarding valuation of real property, and real estate brokers and sellers


LLM. Degree in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law
J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
B.A., University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi

Publications & Presentations

Author, "Timing Is Everything: Balance Risk and Opportunity to Decide When to Mediate," JAMS Global Construction Solutions, Spring 2014
Speaker, "Effective Use of Experts in Arbitration," State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting, 2014
Speaker, "Ethical Aspects of Building an Arbitration Practice," American Bar Association Webinar, 2013
Speaker, "Legislative Update: Common Interest Community Operation, Management and Dispute Resolution," State Bar of Nevada Webinar, 2013
Settlement Conference Training, Clark County District Court Judges, 2013
Speaker, "Strategies to Streamline Your Arbitration," Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, 2013
Speaker, "Strategies for Managing Disputes and Claims Without Litigation," Construction Management Association of America, South Nevada Chapter, 2012
Author, "Payment and Lien Statutes Are Potential Landmines," Modern Contract Solutions, 2010