- Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
|University ||University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 1990|
|Law School||Thomas M. Cooley Law School,, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994|
|Admitted||1995, Nevada; 1995, California; 1995, U.S. District Court, Nevada; 1995, U.S. District Court, California; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit|
Washoe County Bar Association, Past President
State Bar of Nevada, Board of Examiners
Washoe Legal Services, President, Board of Directors
Reno Cancer Foundation, Board of Directors
Nevada Supreme Court Jury Improvement Commission, Member
Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee, Member
Nevada Supreme Court Statewide Access to Justice Committee, Member
University of Nevada-Reno Foundation, Board of Trustees Executive Committee Member
John P. Desmond is a shareholder and the firm's Reno Litigation group leader. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate work. He regularly represents and counsels clients in commercial and business litigation matters involving contract disputes, buy/sell agreements and disputes over intellectual property. He has also represented physician groups in regard to compliance and contractual matters. His representation of clients includes a significant number of matters before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Desmond was active in leading the opposition effort that lead to the defeat of the statewide judicial term limits initiative in 1997. He received recognition from the State Bar of Nevada and the Nevada District Judges Association for his efforts.
Mr. Desmond currently serves on several Nevada Supreme Court Commissions, as well as the Supreme Court Bench Bar Committee. He is currently president of the Board of Directors of Washoe Legal Services, past president of the Washoe County Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Bar Examiners for the State Bar of Nevada.
Best Lawyers of America 2015 for Appellate and Commercial Litigation, Reno
BV Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Master, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of the American Inns of Court
Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2014
Nevada Business: Legal Elite, 2013 - 2014
State of Nevada
Before joining the firm, Mr. Desmond was a shareholder at the Nevada law firm of Jones Vargas for many years.
Interview, In his own words: John Desmond, Gordon Silver shareholder, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 2012
Interview, Views From The Corner Office, YLS Newsletter March 2014
In the News
Talk of the Town: Gordon Silver Attorneys Named Nevada Legal Elite
Gordon Silver is delighted to announce that 11 of their attorneys have been recognized in Nevada Business Magazine as Nevada's Legal Elite of 2014. Ten of the firm's attorneys have been acknowledged as Southern Nevada's Top Attorneys, as well as three attorneys recognized on
the Best Up and Coming Attorneys list. On top of the many individual accomplishments throughout the firm, Gordon Silver has also received the honor of being recognized as one of Nevada's Top 12 Firms.
Posted on: Sep 24th, 2014 Posted In: GS In the News Source: Attorney at Law, Las Vegas Edition
Sixteen Gordon Silver Attorneys Named as 2015 Best Lawyers
Sixteen attorneys at Gordon Silver were recently selected as “Best Lawyers” in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected in various practice areas based on high peer reviews.
Posted on: Aug 19th, 2014 Posted In: Press Releases Source:
Fifteen Gordon Silver Attorneys Featured In The 2014 Nevada Legal Elite
Gordon Silver is delighted to announce that fifteen of our attorneys have been recognized in Nevada Business Magazine as Nevada's Legal Elite of 2014.
Posted on: Jun 18th, 2014 Posted In: Press Releases Source:
YLS Interview - Views From The Corner Office
John Desmond is the Reno Litigation group leader for Gordon Silver. He regularly represents and counsels clients in commercial and business litigation matters involving contract disputes, buy/sell agreements, and disputes over intellectual property. By Anjali D. Webster
Posted on: May 05th, 2014 Posted In: Publications Source: YLS Newsletter
YLS Interview - Views From The Corner Office
John Desmond is the Reno Litigation group leader for Gordon Silver. He regularly represents and counsels clients in commercial and business litigation matters involving contract disputes, buy/sell agreements, and disputes over intellectual property.
Posted on: May 05th, 2014 Posted In: GS In the News Source: YLS Newsletter
Thirty Gordon Silver Lawyers Selected As Super Lawyers For 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers
Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that 19 of our lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Mountain States Super Lawyers. In addition, 11 of our lawyers have been selected as Rising Stars.
Posted on: Apr 11th, 2014 Posted In: Press Releases Source:
John Desmond Cited in Article: Councilman Dortch responds regarding Reno mayor term-limits nears
Gordon Silver shareholder, John P. Desmond, quoted in the Reno Gazette-Journal's article entitled Councilman Dortch responds to fellow candidate's petition; possible Supreme Court hearing on Reno mayor term-limits nears on November 16, 2013.
Posted on: Nov 25th, 2013 Posted In: GS In the News Source: Reno Gazette-Journal
Gordon Silver Attorney Rezac New President of Step2 Board of Directors
Gordon Silver Ltd. is pleased to announce that Molly R. Rezac, a shareholder in the firm's Reno office, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Board of Directors for Step2, Inc.
Posted on: Nov 21st, 2013 Posted In: Press Releases Source:
Gordon Silver Attorney Webster Elected To American Lung Association in Nevada Board of Directors
Gordon Silver Ltd. is pleased to announce that Anjali D. Webster, an associate in the firm's Reno office, was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association in Nevada, Reno office.
Posted on: Aug 29th, 2013 Posted In: Press Releases Source:
Gordon Silver Lawyers Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers 2013
Several attorneys from the Las Vegas office of Gordon Silver were recently recognized in “Mountain States Super Lawyers” for the 2013 magazine's annual survey of lawyers.
Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013 Posted In: GS In the News Source: Super Lawyers Magazine, Mountain States, 2013
|Reported Cases||Representative Cases; Successfully represented a full service securities broker dealer firm in a case of first impression in which the Nevada Supreme Court recognized the enforceability of arbitration clauses in the employment context. Kindred v. A.G. Edwards, 116 Nev. 405,996 P.2d 903 (2000); Obtained dismissal of a false claims complaint seeking damages of nearly $100 million, the first case argued under Nevada's qui tam statute, before the Nevada Supreme Court. International Game Technology, Inc. v. Second Judicial District Court, State of Nevada, 127 P.3d 1088 (Nev. 2006); Represented client in a case of first impression to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the First Amendment rights of anonymous bloggers on the Internet (2010). Obtained a judgment for the largest gas station and convenience store operator in Nevada in excess of $100 million on claims for fraud and misrepresentation after an eight-week trial, with the court awarding both compensatory and punitive damages. Successfully represented a large manufacturer on a certified question to the Nevada Supreme Court as to whether Nevada recognizes a cause of action for medical monitoring in products liability actions.|
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