What we do best

Litigation icon
Litigation icon

Litigation

We handle all aspects of litigation.  From complex business disputes to catastrophic injury, our exceptional team of trial lawyers work tirelessly to achieve your goals. Our areas of practice include commercial and business disputes, breach of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, officer and director disputes, defamation/libel and business disparagement claims, merger/acquisition-related issues, unfair trade practices, trade secrets and non-competes, intellectual property claims, real estate and property disputes, insurance coverage, environmental liability, professional negligence, class actions and personal injury.  Our clients include national companies, local businesses and firms, and individuals.

Our clients’ goals are paramount.  We focus on and prepare for trial while being actively engaged with our clients throughout the case.  We develop a strategy with the client and streamline the litigation process through efficient staffing, targeted discovery, and focused motion practice to achieve our clients’ goals.  Our efficient and effective trial preparation places our clients in a position of strength that not only enhances the likelihood of success at trial but also increases the chances of a beneficial resolution prior to trial.

We regularly appear in both state and federal court where our litigation team has a stellar record in trials, appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations.

Employment and Labor Law Icon
Employment and Labor Law Icon

Employment & Labor

Simons Hall Johnston has a team of attorneys dedicated to representing employers in employment and labor law. 

Employers face an ever-growing challenge of complying with various local, state, and national laws governing their relationship with their employees.  Whether you are a large corporation with nationwide operations or a small business, Simons Hall Johnston has the attorneys to meet your needs. 

Simons Hall Johnston offers a variety of services to help meet your business needs.  Simons Hall Johnston is a full-service employment law firm that can provide day-to-day advising on labor and employment matters, represent you in litigation or before various administrative agencies, or serve as outside counsel to coordinate investigations of employment issues. 

We would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and discuss how we can help your business find solutions to complex labor and employment problems.

Real Estate Icon
Real Estate Icon

Construction & Real Estate

The ever changing and cyclical construction and real estate industries present unique challenges.  With over eighty years of legal experience and an unmatched reputation in construction and real estate litigation, Simons Hall Johnston maintains a robust team dedicated to providing institutional knowledge and addressing market and legal changes impacting our clients.   

Simons Hall Johnston’s construction and real estate groups represents developers, property owners, investors, lenders, general and subcontractors, material suppliers, property managers, landlords, homeowners, brokers, appraisers, title companies, and other industry-related professionals.  From litigation concerning contract disputes to advocacy before administrative agencies, Simons Hall Johnston has unparalleled experience in these areas.  

Simons Hall Johnston’s construction and real estate team is innovative, forward-thinking, and relies on their extensive experience and resources to offer clients case-by-case solutions and results.

Agricultural icon
Agricultural icon

Agricultural Law

Farmers and ranchers are used to challenges like unpredictable weather and volatile commodity markets.  But in today’s world of Agri-Business, they face ever-increasing challenges stemming from government regulations, natural resource issues, and many forms of litigation that can challenge their way of life.  From fields to tables, the business of producing the world’s food supply has never been more complicated and challenging.  

With an office in Yerington in the heart of Nevada’s Mason Valley, Simons Hall Johnston has years of experience helping farmers and ranchers navigate complex business transactions and legal hurdles that exist on the farm in today’s legal landscape.  Our experience ranges from successfully representing farmers in Department of Labor wage and hour investigations, defending farmers in lawsuits filed by neighbors complaining about farming practices, and prosecuting lawsuits on behalf of farmers who have suffered crop losses through no fault of their own.   

Whether you need representation on a complex regulatory issue, negotiating the terms of an agreement or acquisition, or representation in litigation, Simons Hall Johnston has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you achieve your goals and protect your way of life.

Trust Estate Litigation icon
Trust Estate Litigation icon

Trust & Estate Litigation

Our experienced Trust & Estate Litigation Group represents corporations, institutions, charities, and individuals in disputes related to wills, trusts, estates, and fiduciary issues. 

We represent clients on a variety of cases, including breach of fiduciary duty, will and trust contests arising from undue influence, lack of capacity, and fraud, financial elder abuse, removal of fiduciaries, asset valuation and trust allocation matters, accounting proceedings, surcharge proceedings, reformation proceedings, will and trust interpretation, and guardianship disputes.

At Simons Hall Johnston, we recognize that losing a loved one can be devasting both financially and emotionally, and that the legal issues surrounding such loss can be difficult and complicated.  We also recognize that trust and estate disputes often involve family, making the matter even more complicated.  That is why our lawyers are also advisors who work closely with clients to counsel them through the legal process to develop a plan to achieve their goals.  If a lawsuit has already been filed or is warranted, we will vigorously represent our clients to achieve their goals with a streamlined approach to litigation. If, however, a resolution is possible prior to litigation, we will explore every opportunity to resolve the dispute on the most favorable terms possible for our clients. 

Unlike many firms who rely on trust and estate planning attorneys that have little or no litigation experience, our team of trust and estate litigators are experienced trial lawyers. We have tried cases in both state and federal courts and have extensive knowledge of not only the law and nuanced procedures related to probate and trust disputes, but knowledge of the civil rules of procedure and evidence that is necessary in the courtroom. This experience and knowledge not only places our clients in a position of strength, but also provides us leverage to obtain a beneficial settlement.

Alternative Dispute Resolution icon
Alternative Dispute Resolution icon

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Concerns regarding the expense and amount of time that must be invested in litigation have led towards a national trend to encourage different forms of alternative dispute resolution that do not require judicial intervention.  

Simons Hall Johnston has extensive experience in representing clients in all types of alternative dispute resolution.  Alternative dispute resolution typically involves arbitration or mediation, but can also refer to other types of negotiations between the parties to resolve their dispute outside a courtroom. 

Attorneys at Simons Hall Johnston have decades of experience advocating for clients before all types of neutral decisionmakers.  In some instances, parties must arbitrate disputes arising out of contract disputes.  In others, the parties may elect to have a federally appointed EEOC mediator resolve an employment dispute.  No matter the reason, the team at Simons Hall Johnston is ready to assist you with your alternative dispute resolution needs.