Joel Schwarz


Joel Schwarz is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice.

Joel is in his 20th year of practice, and has extensive experience in Complex Commercial, Catastrophic Tort, Commercial Landlord-Tenant, Intellectual Property, and Banlruptcy litigation, as well as Civil Appeals. Joel also has significant financial services litigation experience, representing national association banks and other institutional lenders in creditor’s rights matters, including secured and unsecured business loan enforcement litigation, nonjudicial foreclosure and deficiency judgment proceedings, post judgment execution, and related remedies.

Joel is admitted in all State and Federal Courts in Nevada, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. Joel also is admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Joel has successfully tried bench and jury trials in both State and Federal Courts in Nevada. 

Away from the office, Joel enjoys traveling with his family. In 2020, Joel’s family got the camping bug and purchased a travel trailer to explore the scenic byways and amazing National and State Parks and Recreation Areas throughout the desert Southwest. 

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Additional Experience

Awards & Honors

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers: 2013-2016, 2018-2022, Top 100 2021-2022 
  • Nevada Business Legal Elite/Top Rank Attorneys: 2016, 2019-2022
  • Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Advanced Fall 2019


University of Illinois College of Law

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2004

  • Administrative Editor Journal of Law, Technology and Policy

University of Illinois College of Psychology

Academic Professional 2000-2001

University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Graduate Research Assistant, 1998-2000

Saint Louis University

Bachelor of Science in Biology, summa cum laude, 1998

Published Opinions

  • Rock Bay v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 129 Nev. 205, 298 P. 3d 441 (2013)
  • Guilfoyle v. Olde Monmouth Stock Transfer Co., 130 Nev. 801, 335 P.3d 190 (2014)
  • Barbara Ann Hollier Trust v. Shack, et al., 131 Nev. 582, 356 P. 3d 1085 (2015)
  • Hefetz v. Beavor, 133 Nev. 323, 397 P.3d 472 (2017)

Representative Matters

  • ESCO Corp. v. Cashman Equipment Co. et al., United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Case No. 2:12-cv-01545-RCJ-CWH: Successful defense of alleged patent infringement 
  • Sierra Development Co. v. Chartwell Advisory Group. et al., United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Case No. 13cv602 BEN (VPC): Successful defense of gaming corporation in breach of contract and unjust enrichment action.
  • In Re: D.O.T. Litigation, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada Case No. A-19-787004-B: Successful defense of claims by unsuccessful applicants seeking to reverse Nevada's 2018 recreational cannabis dispensary licensing process and strip successful applicants of conditional licenses. 
  • RAD Source Technologies, Inc. v. State of Nevada, ex rel. Dep't of Taxation, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County Nevada Case No. A-19-805074-W: Obtained Writ of Prohibition against State of Nevada moratorium arbitrarily and capriciously prohibiting use of equipment used in cannabis remediation. 
  • Boink Systems, Inc. v. Las Vegas Sands Corp., et al., United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Case No 2:08-cv-00089-PAL: Obtained jury verdict for breach of contract 
  • Omix-ADA v. Changzhou Jiulong Auto Lamps Factory, et al., United States District Court for the District of Nevada Case No. 2:16-cv-02527-GMN-CWH: patent and trademark enforcement action, including trade show seizure of infringing materials, for automotive aftermarket parts manufacturer and supplier against foreign infringers.
  • Sher Development, LLC v. Desert Land Loan Acquisition, LLC, et al., Eighth Judicial District Court, Calrk County Nevada Case No. A-16-743298-B: representation of investor group in multibeneficiary deed of trust secured commercial real estate loan. 

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada: Registered Volunteer 2019-Present
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum: Board of Directors 2013-202, Treasurer 2016-2018, Vice Chair 2019-2020