John P. Desmond: Lawyer with Gordon Silver

John P. Desmond

Reno,  NV  U.S.A.
Phone(775) 343-7505

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Receivership
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
University University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 1990
Law SchoolThomas M. Cooley Law School,, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994
Admitted1995, Nevada; 1995, California; 1995, U.S. District Court, Nevada; 1995, U.S. District Court, California; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

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.

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.

Representative Clients

Exxon Mobil

Google, Inc.

State of Nevada


Before joining the firm, Mr. Desmond was a shareholder at the Nevada law firm of Jones Vargas for many years.


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.

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Master, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of the American Inns of Court


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


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John P. Desmond

100 West Liberty Street, Ste. 940
RenoNV 89501


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