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Gary A. Modafferi

Criminal defense Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

4.6   28 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 12 years
    Hawaii - HI 40 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Gary

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In 1994, Mr. Modafferi founded his own law firm. One of his first cases as a criminal defense attorney involved the defense of the first Japanese citizen extradited to the United States for the crime of murder. The case of Raita Fukusaku received international attention. Mr. Modafferi also defended Robbie Sylva in what police described as Hawaii’s biggest methamphetamine prosecution.

Mr. Modafferi received training from the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has sat on panels and conducted seminars concerning money laundering, financial crimes, asset forfeiture, forensics science application, and complex case investigation.

While working for Dominic Gentile Esq., Mr. Modafferi assisted in the defense of former Las Vegas City Councilman Lance Malone for public corruption charges. This case involved the first domestic application of the Patriot Act. Mr. Modafferi also assisted in the successful defense of Marshall Sylver, accused of financial fraud, in the Millionaires Club prosecution.

Attorney Gary Modafferi has more than 20 years of legal experience representing clients in Las Vegas and Hawaii in drug-related offenses. He has worked on hundreds of high-profile cases in Hawaii and Nevada courts. You can trust that our legal team will take initiative in creating a strong defense strategy on your behalf.

Serving the Las Vegas area, we represent clients facing felony offenses, white collar crimes and related charges. Given the specific nature of these crimes, it is of the utmost importance that you are represented by the right attorney. Las Vegas white collar crime attorney Gary Modafferi has been successful in defending clients facing criminal charges in both Nevada and Hawaii, and is a veteran in the courtroom.

Please contact our firm for aggressive legal representation for fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes. All clients please call. You can also contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Location

Modafferi Law
612 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV, 89101

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Lynnette | March 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Gary Modafferi
I hired Gary for my son in his juvenile court case. I cannot say enough about this man. He truly had our back and gave our case 100%. He always updated us and was always in touch. Whenever I would call and request information, I got a call back right away explaining all information. He also made us feel at ease going through this process as he is such a loving and caring individual. He walked us through this process step by step. It was never about money in this case, Gary made it about what was right and did everything in his power to fight. We made the right choice and would definitely recommend Gary.
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Posted by Jose | August 21, 2020
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SUPREME ATTORNEY!!!
I never had to hire any type of Attorney before my case and I made a great choice. I found Gary, thanks to Von the computer genius, who told us how amazing he was. I was facing serious Felonies and didn't know what to expect. Gary actually gave us his personal phone so we could get a hold of him and ask him anything we needed! That was probably the best thing to happen during the case as he kept us at ease and answered any questions no matter how silly they sounded. Before Preliminary, he told us the possible outcomes and kept everything real with us, he fought for my case and gave me and my Family our lives back. Thanks to him we can breath again, hes also very friendly and just a great guy in general. I highly recommend Mr. Modaferri, you cant go wrong with him!
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Posted by Steven | September 7, 2019
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Stuck in another town
Gary is the best hands down, I got into a situation, I called my friend of the family cause I was out of town when it happen, and Gary made the point to come and see me out of town, and did a fantastic job, he is great, if it wasn’t for Gary I wouldn’t be Giving this review , Gary is the best!!! Thank you again Gary I appreciate everything you did and so does my family,
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2019
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Gary Modafferi is a Star
Attorney, Gary Modafferi, is a rare attorney in the field of criminal defense. Whether a case is in the State court, or the federal courts, he has an understanding of appellate procedures unlike many trial attorneys. He is impeccably honest, passionate and dedicated. I have come to know him over the years and honestly trust him like no other attorneys my friends and family have ever met. I am humbled and most grateful that he took my case and with his help and insight I will soon win my fight for my freedom.
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Posted by Ronald | January 31, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer!
I had a robbery case and Gary did everything in his power to help me. He is amazing at what he does. I highly recommend hiring him. He is so down to earth and such a genuine man.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer
Gary represented me on a false claim of domestic violence by a woman who was also stalking me. This was a very delicate case and time sensitive. I gave Gary the evidence I had and he went above and beyond spending time researching and keeping me up too date at all times by phone and in the office where he also made me feel I was in safe hands. On the day of court I knew in my heart I was innocent but Gary absolutely blew me away with his talent as a lawyer and regardless of the fact I was completely innocent there was no way the accuser stood a chance and I think everyone knew it in the court room that he was in complete control and there to win. As a result that’s exactly what he did “WIN” and on top of that he was spoke some of the most kindest words to me on the walk out. I have known a lot of Lawer’s though business, I can tell you I’ve never met one like Gary and doubt I ever will. I highly recommend him and will never be able to thank him enough.
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Posted by Linda | January 22, 2019
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Great Attorney
I hired Gary to represent my son, who is not a NV resident, but got himself into some trouble while vacationing in NV. Gary went above and beyond for my son. He consulted external resources and helped set up an alternative to jail time which, was crucial and very beneficial in this case. Gary helped with all interstate transitioning and worked with our local attorney as needed. The case was ongoing as probation was a factor; over the course of 5 years, Gary was always available and genuinely concerned and interested in providing the best legal representation for my son. He did not "nickel & dime" every move and/or phone call. We are very greatly appreciative of Gary's sense of compassion and expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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*MUST READ* Excellent and Very Kind Lawyer!!**
I had an opportunity to meet and hire Gary when I was arrested and was in a heavy panic mode due to serious theft and forgery charges in Las Vegas. I am a Canadian citizen. As I was not from the States and have never been arrested in my life, I did not know what to do at all. Gary came forward to me and fully devoted his time in fighting the case and had the most optimal solution out of the case and protected me from potentially going to jail for a long time. Long story short, while I was stranded in the states for a several months fighting for the case Gary's sister (Joy) provided me with the place to stay and offered anything else that I am in need of. I am truly very grateful for his service and his family's gratitude and until these days I stay in close touch with him and his family. To Gary his main focus I believe is not about the retainer or how much money he can bring in exchange for his service but genuinely build that close and trust worthy relationship with his clients and most importantly to protect from his clients from getting in further trouble. Gary unbelievably is a strongly kind and hearted person. I wish for all those who are in trouble to go forward and use his expertise to get themselves out of trouble. We need more lawyers like Gary around the world! Period.
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Posted by Randy | January 22, 2019
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Gary Modafferi Recommendation
Shortly after moving to Vegas I needed a lawyer, and a friend recommended Gary. I was very impressed with Mr. Modafferi, both personally and professionally. He's very responsive and easy to talk to. I felt very comfortable with Gary in my corner!
Posted by Gene | January 22, 2019
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Nevada resident
Gary Modafferi went above and beyond the call of duty helping me in a case in United States Federal Court. Statistically the feds win 95 percent of their cases and I would have lost the case using just another attorney that did not have the skills that Gary has. Charming, disarming and extremely clever, besides being legally astute, his work got my issue dismissed. I highly recommend him as an attorney and legal advisor.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer in Las Vegas
Attorney Gary A. Modafferi was recommended to me by one of the person whom I go to know in jail. It was the worst time going for me until I got Gary at my side to help me out of the drug charges case filled against me while I do not drug at all. I was mislead by one of my friend who gave me drugs to carry from one place to other but I was totally unaware of it and got dragged into the drug racket which was my biggest mistake of life. But Gary A. Modafferi helped me out and came like a life saver as he understood the case very quickly and found all the evidence that would help me out and thanks for all his efforts. Soon I will be leaving a non criminal life again as he is also helping to remove all the charges I was charged for and I will be getting clean cheat for the life time.
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Posted by Marjorie | January 21, 2019
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An honorable person and attorney
I consulted Gary, regarding my business, and my business associates. I spent a couple of hours, explaining the events that brought me to him, and he provided me with clear and concise advise. I did not hire him, as the situation was resolved, but I would most definitely have done so, had the matter moved forward.
Posted by Innocent1 | January 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Personalized Attention
I was referred to Mr. Modafferi by a friend who had previously had excellent results with him. I called his office number, and was told by the peeson who answered the phone, that Mr. Modafferi was not available because he was in court, so left my name and number and asked for him to call me. In situations like this, hoping and waiting for call back is not what you want to do, however, I was pleased to receive a call beack from Mr. Modaferri less than 3 hours later. He was very friendly and seemed to be detail oriented. He then scheduled an appointment the next evening, which was actually after their normal business hours. After going through the facts of my case, he assured me that he would would make my experience as stress free as possible. This was an understatement. Gary was very good about returning my calls, and keep me up to date and informed with what was going on with my case. Gary won my case, and obtained a result that put the issue to rest for good. His rates a very reasonable. I hope that I never need his services again, but if I do, I will go back to him without any second thought. I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Shannon Cleveland | January 21, 2019
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Heaven sent
I consulted Gary in 2014 one year into my journey... To this day Gary has been my go between with the city and government. I had contacted 50 plus lawyers before Gary. He was the only one who believed my story and for that I LOVE HIM. I wouldn't hv been this far without his compassion and relentless understanding. At my bottom worst he believed and also put my family at ease. When I hit the other side, he most certainly will represent ME. MUCH LOVE
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Posted by Lespierres | January 21, 2019
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Good attorney
I hired Gary to handle a case for me and was able to have it dismissed with a six month period of having no more problems. I also have bear witness to Gary representing a friend of mine over the past five years and he has provided competent services in keeping my friend from incarceration needlessly. I would recommend him for legal help to others seeking justice.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2019
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Very Kind
My son got in trouble and we were new to the area. I had never needed a lawyer so was at a loss at what to do. Gary helped me through the process and has always had time to listen to my issues with whatever is going on. I so appreciate his kindness in our time of need.
Posted by Jason | January 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Very pleasant and professional. Always called me back in a timely manner. Highly recommend.
Posted by Nary | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Las Vegas
Couple of years ago I needed an attorney to represent me and my family, I meet Gary in court. He was able to help me like no other. He listen and understand my concerns. Always there for me. His office staff is great as well really respectful and concerned. Love them. Gary will always be my attorney for life!!!! He’s such a great person and attorney!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2019
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Best attorney around
Gary was hired to take on my step dads case and truly worked day and night for him. Anytime we had questions or concerns, he answered them as quickly as he possibly could. He did an amazing job! He even went above and beyond by helping to make sure my brother and I were safe and got to where we needed to be safely because we were from out of state. Thank you very much for everything you've done for my dad and our family.
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Posted by Eric | January 21, 2019
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Great attorney
I was in some legal trouble early last year and had Gary referred to me. I was filled with anxiety up until I met him at his office. He was very attentive and also very knowledgeable. He assured me he would do anything in his power to help me. After I left I felt like a weight had been lifted and that I was in good hands. While waiting on the courts he always kept in contact and filled me in on any new developments. He ended up getting me a better outcome than I had anticipated and I know that if I ever need legal counsel again I will be using him and referring him to anyone that needs it as well. Thank you, Gary!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gary Modafferi
  • 1994 - Present
  • Branch Chief
  • Department of the Prosecuting Attoney
  • 1983 - 1994
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Prosecuting Attorney For The City & County Of Honolulu
  • 1983 - 1994
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office Boston, Ma
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • Suffolk University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Seton Hall University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Las Vegas sexual assault case against chiropractor
  • Sexual Assault Charges Dismissed Against Doctor
  • ORDER OF REVERSAL AND REMAND
  • ORDER the judgment of the district court REVERSED AND REMAND

Associations

  • Nevada Legislative Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • 1990 - 1994
  • City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • 1983 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Death Penalty Designation
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • 2019

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Las Vegas Criminal defense Lawyer Gary A. Modafferi
Gary A. Modafferi
Criminal defense Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 40 years
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