Joel Henriod is a litigator in the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He has written or co-authored briefs in over 250 appeals, resulting in more than 50 reported opinions, in various areas of law ranging from catastrophic personal injury to commercial and public-sector disputes such as mining regulation, taxation, contracts, and election law.  He frequently argues before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joel has garnered particular notoriety for expertise in perfecting records for appeal by embedding with trial teams to handle legal issues and consult on trial strategy.  He is the “go-to lawyer” for overseeing mission-critical motions in limine, special jury instructions, trial briefs, and post-judgment motions, with an eye toward both persuading the trial court and preserving issues for appeal.

Joel rose to prominence swiftly.  By his fifteenth year (2018), among other accolades, he already had been ranked three times in the “Top 100 Lawyers” of Mountain States Super Lawyers (encompassing ID, NV, MT, UT, and WY) and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America.  In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in his first year of eligibility.  (Nationally, fewer than 400 lawyers and judges can claim membership in this organization.)  That year, Joel also received the “Lawyer of the Year Award” from the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers—even though he occasionally represents personal injury plaintiffs—in recognition that his appeals have advanced Nevada’s caselaw, that trial teams have achieved stellar results when he collaborates, and that his dedication to winning is matched only by his high ethical standards, professionalism, and good humor.

Prior to law school, Joel volunteered at various orphanages in Romania and translated for American surgeons (Operation Smile) at the Bucharest Children’s Hospital.

More About Joel D. Henriod


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2003
  • B.A., University of Utah, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2003

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2017-2023
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada 2022 Honor Club

  • Nevada Business Magazine, Southern Nevada's Top Ranked Attorneys, 2022

  • Vegas Inc., Top Lawyers, Appellate, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell, "AV/Preeminent Attorney" rating
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2014-2022; Top 100 Lawyers, 2016-2022; "Rising Star," 2010-2013
  • Nevada Business Magazine, "Southern Nevada's Top Attorneys," Legal Elite, 2019-2020
  • Lewis Roca Lawyers Recognized as Legal Elite 2020
    Nevada Business Magazine , 06/1/2020
  • Lewis Roca Awarded for 100% Participation in Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada's 2019 Associate Challenge




  • Guest Lecturer, “Appeals Begin at Trial,” Trial Advocacy Seminar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, March 27, 2019
  • Guest Lecturer, “Closing Arguments from the Defense Perspective,” Trial Advocacy Seminar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, January 24, 2019
  • Speaker, “Strategically Using Motions in Limine,” National Business Institute, December 15, 2016
  • Speaker, “Legal Ethics: Hot Topics and Current Trends,” National Business Institute,  December 16, 2016
  • Moderator, “The Decision-Making Process in Nevada Appellate Courts,” Nevada Bar Association Annual Meeting, July 2016
  • Speaker, “Nevada Supreme Court Decisions: What Do They Mean for Clients?” Clark County Bar Association, May 2016
  • Speaker, “Tips for Practicing in the Nevada Court of Appeals,” Nevada Bar Association Annual Meeting, July 2015
  • Producer, “Model Oral Argument,” 14th Appellate Practice Institute Program, Northwestern Law School, May 2011
  • Speaker, “The Strategic Use of Pretrial Motions to Facilitate a Better Trial Outcome,” DRI Seminar, March 2009
  • Producer, “The Psychology of Mistakes,” American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Spring Meeting, March 2006


  • State Bar of Nevada, Former Chair of Appellate Litigation Section
  • Clark County Bar Association, Executive Board Member
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