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About Me

I returned to Nevada after graduating law school, where I lived and worked in Las Vegas for almost 7 years before relocating to Carson Valley in 2002.

I've since operated a general practice with emphasis in criminal defense and civil litigation, including plaintiff’s personal injury and family law. Practice also includes estate and probate law and both transactional business law as well as corporate litigation.

I've served as both conflict counsel for the Ninth Judicial District Court for indigent criminal defendants, as well as primary appointed counsel for juveniles. I was also engaged by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California as counsel for indigent criminal defendants in tribal court from 2008-2015. Since 2005 I've also acted as a court-appointed arbitrator in civil matters in the 1st, 2nd and 9th judicial district courts. In 2015, I began sitting pro tempore, for the East Fork Justice Court.

I am an experienced, aggressive and qualified trial attorney who provides my clients with a broad range of legal services.  My clients are individuals, families and small businesses, with an emphasis on the representation of Douglas County residents.


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Practice Areas


  1. General Practice: 40%
    20 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Family: 15%
    20 years, 150 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    20 years, 125 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 5%
    20 years, 325 cases



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • James Edward Jones

    I have known Mr. Ence for over 30 years, and have witnessed first hand his research, writing, and oral presentation skills. Though we currently practice in different states, we have consulted each other over the years on legal matters, particularly in criminal defense cases. Mr. Ence is a good lawyer who cares about his clients, and works hard to accomplish his client's goals. I endorse this lawyer's work.


    James Jones Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

Matthew D. Ence, Attorney & Counselor at Law

1662 U. S. Highway 395 North, Suite 104
Minden, NV, 89423-4328


NVAttorney Active199502/23/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
20th AnnaversaryMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rated AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
15th AnnaversaryMartindale-Hubbell2011
Profile Plaque #4Martindale-Hubbell2010
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Solo PractitionerEnce Law2002 - Present
Associate AttorneyPotter Law Offices1996 - 2002
Contract AttorneyLaw Office of Rob Kurth1995 - 1996
AssistantOccupational Therapy Association of California1995 - 1995
Welfare Eligibility WorkerKern County Department of Human Services1991 - 1992
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Douglas County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2007 - 2009
Nevada Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - 2002
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - 2002
Nevada Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - 2002
Publication NameTitleDate
NBI, IncUninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law for Nevada Paralegals2001
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
California State University, BakersfieldN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Dixie State CollegeN/AAS - Associate of Science1990
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Institute for Paralegal EducationUninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law for Nevada Paralegals2001