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Lee Thomas Hotchkin Jr

Personal injury Attorney at Reno, NV

4.8   24 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 42 years
    California - CA 43 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lee

Learn Lee’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    I am one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the Reno area. With more than 33 years experience (which began at the Washoe County Public Defenders office) , I have represented criminal defendants in a wide range of cases from DUI to murder.

    43 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    I specialize in all types of personal injury cases including car / auto accidents, truck accidents, motor cycle accidents, dog bites, wrongful death and more. Please see our website hotchkinlaw.com

    43 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%

    43 years, 1,000 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%

    43 years, 2,500 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%

    43 years, 300 cases

Lee Hotchkin is one of the most experienced lawyers in Reno area. With over thirty-eight years of experience, he is among the regions most seasoned lawyers, with an array of experience across a wide spectrum of practice areas.

Lee attended both the University of California at Davis and The University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his J D. (Juris Doctor) degree in 1980. He is an active member of both the Nevada and California State Bar Associations. His legal experience includes acting as the former Senior Chief Trial Deputy of Washoe County Public Defender's Office. 

Lee has earned an enviable reputation in the legal community by effectively representing clients across all of Northern Nevada. Additionally, Lee has been praised by clients for his ability to get the job done.

Lee has a passion for helping people, and he is very successful at what he does. He brings knowledge, experience, commitment, professionalism and patience to the process. Lee’s goal is to make your legal experience run as smoothly as possible. His only allegiance is to you, the client.

Lee knows how to be aggressive in court. He is adept in the skills of negotiating and will make your lawsuit or defense less painful. His analytical mind picks up details of which he uses to your advantage.

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Location

Hotchkin Law
50 West Liberty St Ste 207
Reno, NV, 89501

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
Posted by LAVELL | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recomended Lee for anyone needing an attorney
Ive had other lawyers in the past and although they did their job; I will recommend Lee and I have to say, he is a Hi Performance Lawyer in my honest opinion.
Posted by ED | June 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent professional legal expert.!
“Lee Hotchkin, Esq., recently represented me in a complex DMV felony case related to my hotly contested divorce, regarding a title transfer issue, related to attempting to repair a vehicle that I had purchased new in 2003 with community income… that was involved in a minor accident that the other driver admitted fault, mutually trading insurance information. Due to COVID restrictions and courthouse closings, Lee Hotchkin was able to postpone the hearing for almost 3 years (with my approval) while strategically negotiating with the DA to plea bargain a trumped up felony charge that was filed by two of my older children, who were given my 50% proxy community interest in our estate without my consent, who never invested a single dollar in our LLC’s, nor the vehicle that it was titled under, all at the prodding of my soon to be ex-wife. The complexity of combining a ridiculous exaggerated felony charge, with a seemingly never ending divisive divorce, involving over-emotional older children, was a potential recipe for a disastrous outcome… that Lee Hotchkin ultimately worked to our benefit… by pleading only to a minor misdemeanor, thus avoiding a felony trumped up charge and a time consuming trial…! Although, my attorney Lee Hotchkin and myself BOTH believed that we would have prevailed at trial had we decided NOT to settle… I realized that this legal episode was not worth the resources, emotional toll, nor the expense, to prove our point and innocence while possibly bearing the potential legal liability and outcome of having to go through a jury trial… and by taking Lee Hotchkin’s professional expert advice, we were able to obtain the best possible resolution… for the least expense… whereby by pleading “No Contest”, I also avoid being sued in the future… and in one year, Lee Hotchkin will “SEAL” my criminal record… as if this nightmare never happened…! Thank You Lee…!” EDL.
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Posted by Chris Kelly | December 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing this is the guy you want promise you
Lee the words of gratitude and appreciation. I can't forget the day I met you and your daughter. You assured me everything would be ok. I would of never saw this coming for trying to be good to someone going through a tough time in life. I explained how much my son and daughters meant to me and you said Chris breathe you will be with them I assure you next time watch for the red flags. I still have love for the blue line Reno Police. If your looking for an experienced and educated lawyer Lee and his daughter Christine are just that. I never even had to step in the court room. Lee is Fierce in Washoe Country but respected by the Judges and the ADA’s. Thank you again, Lee
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Posted by Nikolas | August 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer in Northern Nevada!
Lee Hotchkin is the most honest Lawyer I've ever worked with or spoken to. Lee & Christine Hotchkin fought tooth and nail to prove my innocence on a case that was in my opinion next to impossible for anybody else to have won! His law firm had the knowledge, and patience to work with me on my case even though I had little to no evidence to prove my innocence. Still he listened to me, and trusted me when I told him I didn't do it. He does EXACTLY what he says he is going to do, he kept me in the loop and he followed through! I would highly recommend him for any cases throughout Rural Northern Nevada, my case was in a very small county and he was still able to represent me when most lawyers wouldn't have taken the case.
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Posted by Oscar | February 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Great lawyer, would definitely recommend to anyone fighting a DUI case. Received the best possible outcome considering my circumstances
Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best possible outcome!
I was facing 3 felony charges sexual assault, strangulation, coercion, after a girlfriend dialed 911 one faithful night. Was dragged to jail twice, had an ankle bracelet on me for 3 months. Lee went beyond the call of duty trying to understand my case, met with me numerous times during the 3 months, even weekends on occasions. After a stressful 3 months, Mr Hotchkin was able to get my case dismissed without prejudice right before the pre-trial, I am very grateful to him and his family for the fact that i did not have to go through an ugly trial full of lies and police bias. I literally called 10-20 lawyers in northern NV before retaining Mr Hotchkin. I felt like i hired the best representation/defense available and ended up with my case being dismissed.
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Posted by Jaime | March 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Knowledgeable, and Reliable!
Mr. Lee Hotchkin is hands down one of the most trustworthy and genuine individuals you will ever meet. We contacted many attorneys to discuss our case and Mr. Hotchkin was the only one to listen to our concerns and discuss our case without making us feel like we were fighting a losing battle. His sincere interest in our case was refreshing. Mr. Hotchkin was quick to work on our case, his dedication and determination was clear from the start. He was always quick to return our calls and address any concerns we had. We only met with Mr. Hotchkin on a couple of occasions, but it was clear he was working diligently on the case regardless of how many times we met with him. He is extremely well versed on the law and is very strategic with his cases, resulting in him being incredibly prepared in the courtroom. We were most certainly facing an uphill battle with our case and never in a million years did we think we would walk away without any charges filed, but we did!! Because of Mr. Hotchkin’s experience and sound advise, we were able to prevail in a motion to suppress and all charges were dismissed. We can’t thank him enough for his efforts and would not hesitate to hire him again or refer him to any of our friends and family.
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Posted by Kathy | December 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lee Hotchkin is the best Attorney in the Reno area
In my humble opinion, Lee is the best attorney in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area when it comes to experience, tenacity and professionalism. He took my case which was a very serious felony case and succeeded in getting it completely dismissed. I had done my homework when looking for an attorney, but was afraid that the charges would not be dropped. Lee's aggressive approach and knowledge and experience of the law provided me with the best outcome that I could have hoped for. He is tenacious and want's to win the case for you and will work hard for you. He is a legal Pit-Bull !! If you have something serious going on, call him... he will do everything he can to get you the best outcome he can. That is what he promised me and he accomplished it. He will tell you the good and the bad and he is forthright, candid and honest. He hates to lose ...you cannot go wrong in hiring Mr. Lee Thomas Hotchkin Jr. as your attorney !!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Experience You Need. Results You Want!
Words cannot express how grateful I am to have hired Lee Hotchkin as my attorney. He represented me for a DUI case I thought there was no hope out of. He was able to get my DUI charges dropped; an outcome I thought was impossible, considering the State's case against me. Mr. Hotchkin is a highly intelligent professional who knows his stuff when it comes to the law. However, the most important thing that I admired about Lee, is he sticks to the GOAL: He wants to WIN the case. Lee Hotchkin was always prepared, straight forward, and is truly gifted at what he does. With his commitment to successfully defending my case, I would be proud to recommend him to anyone facing legal issues. I needed someone to believe in the case and fight hard for me so that justice was served and Lee was that guy. I am forever grateful for this outcome. You can't go wrong with hiring Lee as your attorney. Thank you Lee!
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Posted by Joe Doherty | May 25, 2017
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Federal Forfeiture Case
I was pulled over for no reason, wrote no citation. But they did search my rental van with my family in it. They seized 42k in cash from me that was personal hard earned tax paid money. I did not know you should not travle with cash, as we were going on a family road trip. Lee was very professional was able to get my money back to me in two months. Normally these are very hard cases to win from personal research I've done online. Lee was very fair and friendly I'd highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2017
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Changed the worst outcome to the best outcome
Contacted Lee Hotchkin after an internet search. I'm out of state and was looking to hire an attorney to deal with 4 separate charges my son acquired when he crashed a rental car in Nevada. Two of the charges where substantial and life altering if my son was convicted. Following Lee's advice and expertise-the result was better than we could have hoped for. All charges but the lowest was dropped, no jail time and no fines. Couldn't have asked for anything more.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
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We gave him a tough case
We hired Lee to represent our kid who had gotten into trouble. The case was tough to start with as our kid was turned in by an informant so there was a lot of evidence against him. This was truly a case of a good kid getting caught up in a bad crowd. Lee explained the law well and covered all of the details. Considering the complicated case, this is important. He was well prepared and always on time for court appearances. He was able to persuade the DA to a reduced charge which ultimately ended up with a good result.
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Posted by JMT | April 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results
I have worked with many attorneys in 40 years of business, mostly contracts and lawsuits. Nervous about a complicated DUI case, I was greatly relieved to learn that Mr. Hotchkin not only had a thorough knowledge of the law, but a clear understanding of how the court system works in such cases. Not only did my case require great attention to details, it required some wizardry as well. Mr. Hotchkin provided both. JMT
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2016
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Exception Lawyer
Mr. Hotchkin represented my husband in a criminal law case. He was able to have most charges dismissed and the one remaining charge reduced to a misdemeanor. He did such an excellent job, that we hired him again to represent us in a very difficult family law case. Once again, Mr Hotchkin prevailed. I attribute his success to experience, great communication, attention to detail and in depth knowledge of the legal system. I highly recommend Mr. Hotchkin.
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Posted by Mike | March 15, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Confidence, Persistence, Proved my innocence
My worst nightmare came true and I was pulled over and arrested while driving through Nevada, while traveling cross country with a small amount of Marijuana in my possession. I was booked for a DUI although I was not intoxicated and passed many sobriety tests. Ever since my first phone call with Lee he assured me that he would help me get my case resolved without facing the harsh repercussions and aftermath of facing a DUI. He fought and explained every aspect of my innocence in trail. With only a few conversations and emails he represented me as if we had discussed my situation for years. I would highly recommend Lee as he is extremely well prepared and aggressive. I couldn't have hoped for a better resolution from my road trip misfortune.
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Posted by Dina | November 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
We were lucky.
I was able to retain Lee to represent my son, a young man of 23 years. I interviewed several attorneys and reviewed many as well, I was concerned for my son. I found Mr. Hodgkins to be by far the most well versed attorney for us. We were impressed. A nice man, too.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Job well done
He certainly did the job for me. All the arguments he made or was preparing for seemed well thought out and based on plenty of experience. He walked me through each of the many steps involved in the legal process, answered any questions I had quickly, and ultimately was able to get a DUI reduced to a much lesser charge. I have no complaints about that outcome.
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Posted by Susan | May 21, 2015
Trustworthy Lawyer
Lee accepted our case when other attorney's wouldn't, because he had compassion. Our previous attorney did a poor job and left us in a very vulnerable position. I was incredibly impressed with his approach to our case - extremely thorough, organized, professional, insightful, and determined. The difference between our experience with Lee and the other attorney was like night and day. Lee didn't leave a stone unturned and was prepared for every point during the arbitration. We met with him weekly leading up to the date, practiced responses, updated the trial book as needed, and went in fully prepared. I was also impressed with his experience and knowledge during the trial - acting quickly in any situation with great insight and was able to overcome all arguments made by the other side. He was kind, polite and caring during the whole process. And he won our case! We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Excellent attorney
I highly recommend Lee. I recently hired him for a DUI case and all charges were dismissed. He obviously keeps himself educated and kept me informed continually. You won't go wrong with this attorney.
Posted by RV | October 8, 2014
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY
Excellent attorney. Lee Hotchkin has been my attorney for three decades and has always been effective and dependable. I've relied on his expertise for a number of different needs; family law matters to business matters and even criminal matters. I can always count on him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hotchkin Law
  • 1989 - 2014
  • Senior Chief Trial Deputy
  • Washoe County Public Defender
  • 1981 - 1989

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Personal Injury
  • $195,000 settlement
  • Bahry et al v. Montage Marketing
  • Fernley, Nevada
  • $1,725,000.00 settlement
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1981 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Attorney
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Attorney
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite: Northern Nevada's Top Attorneys
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite: Northern Nevada's Top Attorneys
  • Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Demonstrative Evidence
  • 2008
  • Divorce Center
  • Divorce Settlement Stategies
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (8)
Endorse Lee
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lee is an incredible attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Just as his avvo profile states, he is a superb attorney who will fight for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lee Hotchkin Jr. Brilliant attorney who provides excellent legal answers on Avvo from people seeking advise. An asset to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lee Hotchkin Jr. Provides great legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. An asset to the legal profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lee Hotchkin Jr. He donates his time to provide excellent legal answers on Avvo from citizens seeking advise. A respected member within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lee is well known in the legal community as an effective advocate for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you ever find yourself in a jam, Lee is the guy who can help: for personal injury, criminal, or family law matters. He's highly respected in the community."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"33 years of practicing law is what we call experienced. 8 years as a public defender and licenses in California and Nevada are just part of his legal legacy. Experience counts. You should do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him if you are in or near Reno."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lee Hotchkin is known to me as a caring attorney who consistently seeks the best possible results for his clients in and out of court. I endorse this lawyer."
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Reno Personal injury Lawyer Lee Thomas Hotchkin Jr
Lee Thomas Hotchkin Jr
Personal injury Attorney
Reno, NV
Licensed for 43 years
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