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James Dean Leavitt has been practicing law in Las Vegas since 1991. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1985, majoring in Speech Communication Rhetoric. He earned his law degree from the University of Idaho in 1991 and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. During law school he clerked at the United States Attorneys office. He earned his L.L.M. degree in Gaming Law and Regulation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2016. He has taught public speaking for the Calgary Board of Education, the University of Idaho and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Mr. Leavitt began his legal career in 1991 with the law firm of Galatz, Earl, Catalano and Smith. Neil Galatz, before his death, was universally recognized as one of the premier personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas. In 1993, he had the privilege of working with Goodman and Chesnoff, one of the top rated criminal defense firms in the nation. Mr. Goodman later served 12 years as Mayor of Las Vegas.


In 1994, Mr. Leavitt formed the Law Office of James Dean Leavitt and has practiced primarily criminal defense law since that time. As an attorney, he is best known for his ability to negotiate favorable settlements, which avoids the stress and costly expense of trial and to argue passionately for his clients. His specialized training in speech communication gives his clients a competitive advantage in court.


In 2004 and 2010, Mr. Leavitt was elected to the prestigious Nevada Board of Regents. The Board of Regents govern all universities and colleges throughout Nevada. They approve budgets and set poicy for the entire Nevada System of Higher Education. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Leavitt was unanimously elected by his fellow regents to serve two successive one year terms as Chairman of the Board. As a Regent, Mr. Leavitt is best known for his passionate advocacy for increased higher education funding and leading the effort to create the new UNLV School of Medicine. Mr. Leavitt's  state-wide public service has cemented his reputation as one of Nevada's most important higher education leaders. Because of mandatory term limits, Mr. Leavitt completes his 12 years on the Board of Regents at the end of 2016.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
  4. DUI & DWI: 20%
  5. Expungement: 20%

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Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Clark Seegmiller

    Mr. Leavitt is a strong advocate for his clients. I have known him for over 20 years and have watched him in court many times as he defends those charged with every type of offense by the state. He is knowledgeable and persuasive as he advocates for his clients. I recommend his services if needed and endorse him as a experienced advocate.

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Contact info

Law Office of James Dean Leavitt

601 S. 10th st.
Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Law Office of James Dean Leavitt

601 S. 10th St.
Las Vegas, NV, 89101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NVActive199202/23/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of James Dan Leavitt1994 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Firm of Goodman and Chesnoff1992 - 1993
Law ClerkLaw Firm of Galatz, Earl, Catalano & Smith1991 - 1992
Law ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office1990 - 1990
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Supreme Court of the United States of AmericaMember1996 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1993 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1993 - Present
Supreme Court of the State of NevadaMember1992 - Present
United States District Court for the District of NevadaMember1992 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1992 - Present
Nevada Board of RegentsAppointed Chairman - Investment CommitteeN/A
Nevada Board of RegentsAppointed Chairman - Student & Academic Affairs CommitteeN/A
Nevada Board of RegentsAppointed Chairman - Board Development CommitteeN/A
Nevada Board of RegentsAppointed Chairman - Health Sciences CommitteeN/A
Nevada Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Medical, Education, Research and Training CommissionAppointed by GovernorN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Bar AssociatonMemberN/A
Nevada Board of Regents - Elected 2009, 2010Elected Chairman2009 - 2011
Nevada Board of Regents - Elected 2004-2010, Elected 2010-2016Elected Member2004 - 2016
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawGaming Law and RegulationLL.M - Master of Laws2016
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Brigham Young UniversitySpeech Communication RhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Nevada Las Vegas Undergraduate CeremonyCommencement Speaker2016
University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law Graduation CeremonyCommencement Speaker2016
University of Nevada Las Vegas Undergraduate CeremonyCommencement Speaker2011
University of Nevada Reno Undergraduate CeremonyCommencement Speaker2010
University of Nevada Las Vegas Undergraduate CeremonyCommencement Speaker2010
Division of Adult Learning - Calgary Board of EducationPublic Speaking Instructor1996
University of Nevada Las Vegas -Greenspun School of CommunicatonPublic Speaking Instructor1993
University of IdahoPublic Speaking Instructor1989