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Michael Graves is an experienced litigator in both federal and state court, with specific emphasis on complex commercial litigation.  A former Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Michael takes a disciplined and detailed approach to cases.  Prior to joining Rainey Devine, Mr. Graves worked for the law firm of Howard Kim and Associates, where he provided key litigation strategy on several bankruptcy adversary actions, including large-scale actions involving multiple defendants and millions of dollars in controversy. Mr. Graves previously worked for McCormick Barstow - a large regional insurance defense firm - where he managed hundreds of insurance defense actions, including cases involving racketeering, large-scale property loss, wrongful death and catastrophic injury.

A resident of the Las Vegas area since 1998, Michael grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1991.  After college, Mr. Graves served his country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. In that capacity, he co-piloted several missions in the KC-130 Hercules, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for four years. After the Marine Corps, Mr. Graves worked as a financial planner and ran his own business, which evaluated the risks and merits of plaintiffs' lawsuits, evaluating over 2,000 different personal injury cases and over 300 commercial cases.  In evaluating plaintiffs' cases, Mr. Graves has provided expert testimony to the  IRS arbitration pilot program.

Admitted to Practice:

Nevada Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    8 years, 300 cases
  2. Real Estate: 10%
    4 years
  3. Chapter 7: 10%
    5 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • John C. Courtney

    Michael is honest, hard-working and a very sharp advocate. He is persuasive in his arguments and very well spoken. Accordingly, I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Jared P. Green

    Michael's character and work ethic are of the highest caliber. He is a problem solver and is not afraid to take on the most complicated matter and make sense of it.


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Contact info

Rainey Legal Group, PLLC

9340 W. Martin Ave.
2nd Floor
Las Vegas, NV, 89148


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2nd place (of 40); Client Counseling CompetitionWilliam S. Boyd School of Law2005
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Marine Corps1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Associate AttorneyRainey Devine, Attorneys At Law2012 - Present
Associate AttorneyHoward Kim & Associates2011 - 2012
Associate AttorneyMcCormick Barstow Sheppard Wayte & Carruth, LLP2008 - 2011
Loan CoordinatorGlobal Equity Lending2006 - 2008
Loan OfficerPrimary Residential Mortgage2003 - 2005
Vice PresidentResolution Settlement Corp.1999 - 2002
Captain, Naval Aviator, KC-130 copilotUnited States Marine Corps1991 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of NevadaMember2008 - Present
Daedalians (Association of Military Pilots)Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aasand v. Stan TruckingSettled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Naval Postgraduate SchoolAviation SafetyAviation Safety Officer1994
College of William and MaryEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1991