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Thomas E. Viloria is a partner in the firm Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P., where he practices in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death. His emphasis in criminal defense is representing those accused of serious felonies, drug offenses and sex crimes. As one of the most experienced trial lawyers in the firm, Mr. Viloria is also involved in representing clients in select civil litigation matters. He is licensed to practice law before all courts of Nevada and California.


As one of the founding partners in the firm, Mr. Viloria has extensive experience in litigation on behalf of his civil clients, injured persons, and those accused of crimes. He has recovered several million dollars for those injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and wrongful death cases. Known for his trial preparation and presence in the courtroom, Mr. Viloria was a member of the Major Violator's unit of the Washoe County District Attorney's Office, and was assigned to murder and death penalty cases. Acknowledged by one District Court Judge as, "one of the very best prosecutors in the country…," Mr. Viloria brings his considerable trial skills on behalf of each client he represents.


Mr. Viloria has lectured at seminars for judges, lawyers, paralegals and high school students. He was a featured speaker on Evidence at the Nevada District Court Judges’ annual conference. Mr. Viloria is a former instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College. He was an extension instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Stanislaus, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr. Viloria prepared the course materials and taught at the Reno-Sparks Police Academy in the areas of Search and Seizure, Laws of Arrest, and Crimes Against the Person.


Mr. Viloria is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, Nevada Justice Association, American Association for Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    26 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    18 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 5%
    18 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Tom is an honest, ethical and hard-working attorney. As a former top prosecutor, he has a working knowledge of the District Attorney's office, and enjoys respect and admiration from both prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys. Most importantly, Tom is not afraid of the courtroom. He never plea bargains until all the legal defenses are explored. I highly recommend him.


    Kevin Berry
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. Very thorough, hard-working, and forceful in court.


    Richard Cornell Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster LLP

327 California Avenue
Reno, NV, 89509


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Founding MemberAmerican Association of Premier DUI Attorneys2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Nationally Ranked Top Ten Attorney - Criminal LawNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Top Trial Dog "Justice Demands Death"Washoe County District Attorney's Office1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster LLP1998 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyWashoe County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1998
Intern/Associate AttorneyGuild & Hagen1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nevada Law FoundationLifetime Colleague2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemeber2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
Nevada Justice AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1990 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1989 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Reno-Sparks Law Enforcement AcademyCrimes Against the Person, Laws of Arrest and Search and Seizure2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of NevadaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
18 Lessons Boys & Girls Club of Truckee MeadowsCrimes and How to Stay Out of Trouble2013
University of Nevada - Wolf Pack Football TeamHow to Stay Out of Trouble and Tips2012
Reno-Sparks Law Enforcement AcademySearch and Seizure, Crimes Against the Person2003
Nevada District Court Judge's Annual ConferenceEvidence1999