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I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and remain a die-hard Cornhusker fan.

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas in 1994 with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies. Following my undergraduate studies, I earned my Juris Doctorate with Distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1997.

Immediately after graduating law school in 1997, I moved to Las Vegas where I practiced law as an insurance defense attorney for seven years, until I joined Henness & Haight to assist injured victims.

I have successfully tried several jury and non jury trials involving car accidents, slip and falls, and animal attacks. In addition to these types of cases, my practice includes all aspects of personal injury, including wrongful death cases, burn victims, accidents involving children, and negligent security cases.

I am licensed to practice in Nevada and California and am a member of the Clark County, Nevada, and California Bar Associations. I have been named a Nevada Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in 2008 and 2009.

In addition to Nebraska football, my interests include reading, skiing, biking, golf, independent film, coffee, and The Beatles.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Insurance: 10%
    17 years, 200 cases
  3. Appeals: 5%
    17 years, 4 cases
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 5%
    17 years, 20 cases

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Contact info

Yan Kenyon

7881 West Charleston Blvd
Suite 165
Las Vegas, NV, 89117-8324


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerYan Kenyon2010 - Present
AttorneyHenness & Haight2004 - 2010
AttorneyWingert Grebing Brubaker Ryan1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nevada Justice AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Asian Chamber of CommerceN/A1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Nevada State BarMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Johnson v. JP Flexibles$3.5 million
Lujan v. ForePlaintiff Verdict: $21,048.10.
Johnson v. HalperJudgment in favor of Plaintiff for $23,514.04.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Brief Law JournalThe Interest of the State in Supplying Children with Condoms in Schools1998
Iowa Law ReviewU.S. v. Smith: Making ERISA Pension Benefits Judgment Proof1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of KansasPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of KansasCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation from A to Z (co-presenter)Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Insurance Benefits2013
Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury Practice (co-presenter)Insurance Fundamentals for Personal Injury Practice (co-presenter)2012