Donald A Lattin
  • Profile:  Mr. Lattin is a partner whose practice focuses on civil litigation, particularly complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, and has argued before both Nevada state and federal trial courts, the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented companies and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, obtaining and defeating substantial monetary claims in both capacities. Mr. Lattin has handled numerous complicated real estate claims, complex commercial matters, construction and environmental claims and malpractice defense cases involving architects and engineers, as well as other professionals.
  • Practice Areas:  Business Litigation; Labor Relations Law; Education Law; Environmental Law.
  • Education:  University of Nevada, Reno (B.A., 1972); University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1981). Educational Honors: Moot Court Honors Board.
  • Bar and Court Admissions:  All Nevada state courts; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
  • Past Positions:  Hale, Lane, Peek, Dennison & Howard, Associate [Now Holland & Hart], 1982-1986.
  • Legal Affiliations:  State Bar of Nevada (Member, 1988, and Chair, 1991-1994, Fee Dispute Committee); Washoe County and American (Sections on: Litigation; Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law; Labor and Employment Law) Bar Associations; Bruce R. Thompson American Inns of Court; Nevada Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National School Boards Association; National Organization on Legal Problems of Education.
  • Reported Decisions:  Davis v. Churchill County Sch. Bd. of Trustees, 616 F. Supp. 1310 (D. Nev. 1985); Bernard v. Rockhill Dev. Co., 734 P.2d 1238 (Nev. 1987); First Interstate Bank v. Shields, 730 P.2d 429 (Nev. 1987); Travis v. Nelson, 725 P.2d 570 (Nev. 1986).
  • Notable Representations:  • Obtaining a defense verdict for a national engineering firm against a multi-million dollar claim in an environmental clean-up matter on property in the Lake Tahoe Basin (Hager v. Mactec Engineering) • Obtaining a large verdict in a shareholder derivative action involving fraud claims against the CEO and Chairman of the Board (Nunes v. Columbus Networks Corporation) • Obtaining a successful verdict in an employment breach of contract action involving a municipality (Spencer v. City of Fallon) • Successfully defending an Airport Authority in a multi-million dollar negligence claim for dust resulting from construction on a runway extension project • Representing Texaco in a major CERCLA and hazardous waste matter known as the “Sparks Tank Farm” • Representing a nationwide builder in obtaining a $600,000 cost of repair settlement in construction defect litigation • Defending a municipality in multi-faceted negligence claims involving a leukemia cluster resulting in the dismissal of nine different lawsuits (City of Fallon-Leukemia Cluster Litigation) • Obtaining a $1.2 million settlement on a gold royalty case involving a gold mine in Northern Nevada
  • Clerkship:  Law Clerk, First Judicial District Court, Honorable Michael E. Fondi, 1981-1982; Law Clerk, Nevada Supreme Court, Honorable Gordon Thompson, 1980.
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  • Email:  dlattin@mcllawfirm.com
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