Brian Blakley is a litigator and focuses his practice on class actions and complex disputes. Brian currently serves as the co-leader of the firm’s Class Action Group. He regularly writes and presents on class action topics and developing trends. Beyond his own cases, Brian often consults on class cases throughout the firm.

In addition to his complex litigation practice, Brian frequently handles copyright and trademark disputes and high value judgment-collection matters. He is a go-to lawyer for enforcing large judgments in Nevada.

Brian is licensed in both Nevada and Utah, and he regularly represents banks, insurers, manufacturers, government entities, religious institutions, and businesses of all sizes. His experience involves all aspects of pretrial, trial, and post-judgment work, including the following:

  • Briefing and arguing motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions
  • Retaining and coordinating with expert witnesses
  • Deposing fact and expert witnesses
  • Complex discovery disputes
  • Briefing and arguing motions to strike class allegations
  • Briefing class certification and decertification motions
  • Briefing and arguing dispositive and pre-trial motions
  • Examining and cross-examining witnesses
  • Serving as first- and second-chair trial counsel
  • Briefing and arguing post-judgment motions
  • Briefing appeals and writ petitions
  • Enforcing high-value judgments
  • Practicing before administrative agencies

Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as a law clerk to Judge Robert C. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. He also interned for Justice Thomas R. Lee of the Utah Supreme Court and Judge Lloyd D. George of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

More About Brian Blakley

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Order of the Coif, 2013
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 2014
  • Nevada, 2013

Community

  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI); State Membership Chair for Nevada, 2017-2020
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Nevada Rise Academy, Board of Directors

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented owner/operator of 11 Arizona gas stations in a complex fraudulent conveyance action initiated by a bankruptcy trustee
  • Successfully moved for dismissal and summary judgment on several claims asserted against the Clark County School District, tried the case, and briefed a successful appeal from the judgment on the two remaining claims. Clark Cty. Sch. Dist. v. Bryan, 478 P.3d 344 (2020)
  • Won a preliminary injunction on behalf of a home improvement company, against a direct competitor, in a trademark infringement action. DeBell Windows Sys., Inc. v. Dabella Exteriors, LLC, No. 2020 WL 5632958, at *17 (D. Nev. Sept. 21, 2020)
  • Successfully moved to strike nationwide class allegations asserted against developer and manufacturer of less-lethal weapons for law enforcement and civilian use
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in injunction proceedings against the State of Nevada, where the State planned to use the company’s product as part of its lethal injection protocol
  • Successfully represented a class of commercial and industrial purchasers of natural gas in multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings. In re W. States Wholesale Nat. Gas Antitrust Litig., 2019 WL 2098350, at *1 (D. Nev. Apr. 5, 2019), MDL Docket No. 1566
  • Represented GEICO in a nationwide class action concerning coverage for electronic diagnostic scans
  • Represented GEICO in multiple class actions concerning diminished value and loss-of-use coverage
  • Won and collected a nearly $1 million award for the spouse of a former NFL player in the NFL concussion litigation
  • Successfully moved to dismiss numerous federal claims asserted against the Clark County School District in a wrongful death action and briefed a successful opposition to plaintiffs’ appeal. Lamberth v. Clark Cty. Sch. Dist., 698 F. App’x 387 (9th Cir. 2017)
  • Successfully moved for pre-discovery dismissal of all claims in a wage-and-hour class action. Reynolds v. Granite Gaming Grp. I, LLC, No. A-16-737106-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. 2017)
  • Won nearly $2 million in judgments for a group of 25 plaintiffs in two consolidated cases against the operators of one of the largest mortgage fraud scams in Nevada history. Gonzalez v. RED Las Vegas, Inc. A-13-693627-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. 2016); Serpas v. RED Las Vegas, Inc. A-13-693695-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. 2016)
  • Won summary judgment for all damages claimed against a contractor and bonding company in relation to a freeway expansion project and collected nearly all attorney fees billed. Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc. v. Capriati Constr. Corp., Inc., No. 2:13-cv-1683-GMN-NJK, 2015 WL 1959851 (D. Nev. 2015)

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch" Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Defendants, 2023
  • Nevada Business Magazine, Southern Nevada's Top Ranked Attorneys, 2022
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2020-2022
  • Nevada Business Magazine, Southern Nevada’s Top Attorneys and Best Up and Coming Attorneys, Legal Elite, 2016-2017, 2019-2020
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon, Recognized for commitment to pro bono service, 2015-2020
  • Reuben Clark Award for Academic Excellence, Integrity, and Service
  • BYU Law Review, Lead articles editor

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to Judge Robert C. Jones, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Publications

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