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To provide opportunities for the assimilation of young lawyers into the profession as well as a training ground for future leaders of our bar. YLS membership is open to all attorneys who have been admitted in Nevada for less than five years, or are 36 years old or younger. From mentor programs, to organizing charity events, to networking, to fighting to improve the image of attorneys in general, YLS has a wide array of activities.
Chair: Matthew Digesti
Phone: (775) 788-2296
Staff Liaison: Lori Wolk
Board Liaison: Kari Stephens
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
300 E. Second Street
Reno, NV 89501
Dues: Annual dues are $25
Matthew Digesti, Esq. (Chair)
Mr. Digesti is a litigation associate with Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas in Reno, Nevada. Fennemore Craig is a leading full-service law firm with more than 200 attorneys in six offices throughout the southwest.
Mr. Digesti’s practice primarily focuses on business and personal injury torts, commercial litigation, and appeals. He has appeared in mediations, arbitrations, fact findings, bench trials, and jury trials on behalf of his clients, including a $7.7 million dollar employment award, which he co-managed from beginning to end. Mr. Digesti has not only learned the importance of aggressive litigation strategy, but also the importance of finding common ground and settling cases when resolution is the best option for the client.
Mr. Digesti’s litigation experience began in law school when he was selected for two prestigious federal clerkships at the United States Attorney's Office in California and Nevada, including service in the Special Prosecution's unit for the Central District of California. After completing law school, Mr. Digesti was selected to clerk for Justice James W. Hardesty at the Nevada Supreme Court. There, he was responsible for briefing the Justices on sophisticated legal issues involving land use regulation, commercial contract disputes, state purchasing contracts, water law, administrative law, public utility regulation, and medical malpractice. Several cases reached into the millions of dollars, including a public utility regulation appeal with over $950 million at stake. After completing his clerkship, he joined a reputable Southern California law firm defending several fortune 500 companies in various business disputes
Layke Martin Stolberg, Esq. (Chair Elect)
Layke Martin Stolberg is the Director of Career Services at the William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining the Career Services Office, Layke taught at the Boyd School of Law as an adjunct professor with the Lawyering Process legal research and writing program. Layke was also an associate at the law firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing, where she practiced business litigation. Layke received her J. D. from Boston University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While at Boston University, Layke earned a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, with honors, and served as President of the Public Interest Project, one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the country, which funds grants for law students working in non-profit and legal services organizations. Layke received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2002.
Jeffrey M. Conner, Esq. (Secretary)
Jeffrey is a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Division of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Nevada, where his work focuses almost entirely on defending against petitions for writs of habeas corpus filed by Nevada inmates in both state and federal court. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Jeffrey clerked for the Honorable Patrick Flanagan in the Second Judicial District Court in Washoe County and briefly entered private practice, working on civil and commercial litigation matters on a contractual basis. Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004, and he graduated with his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 2009. While at Gonzaga, Jeffrey served as the Student Bar Association President and a Notes/Comments Editor on the Gonzaga Law Review. Jeffrey is also a current member of the Young Professionals Committee with the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 2009 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Nevada and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Dylan T. Ciciliano (Treasurer)
Dylan is an Associate at Gordon Silver in Las Vegas, working primarily in the firm’s Corporate Litigation department. Dylan earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2011. Prior to going to law school, Dylan attended the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Masters of Science in Economics and undergraduate degrees. In law school, Dylan was the Senior Managing Editor of the Journal and the President of Phi Alpha Delta and Wills for Heroes.
Scott Lachman, Esq.
Scott Lachman is an associate attorney at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial. Scott concentrates his practice on all phases of complex commercial litigation, including catastrophic injury, construction, natural disaster law, premises liability, and appellate practice. Scott previously clerked for then-Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry of the Supreme Court of Nevada in Carson City. Prior to his three-year state appellate clerkship, Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, he served as Vice President.
Jordan A. Davis, Esq.
Jordan Davis is an Associate at Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Reno, Nevada. His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and business disputes. Jordan earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009. During law school, Jordan mediated cases, worked in a boutique civil litigation firm and served as an extern to the Honorable Brian E. Sandoval of the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Prior to joining the firm, Jordan served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David A. Wiseman, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Superior Court, Saipan, upon his graduation from law school, and subsequently for the Honorable Brent Adams, Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada. Jordan is a member of the American Bar Association, Washoe County Bar Association, the American Inns of Court and is actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. Jordan has been named by Nevada Business magazine to its 2013 “Legal Elite” list.
Michael B. Lee
Mike is a life-long Native Nevadan with contacts to both Northern and Southern Nevada. He has substantial experience in most areas of Litigation and Civil Appeals. Mike’s trial experience includes both jury and bench trials in civil and criminal matters, and immigration removal hearings. As to his appellate experience, he has successfully handled appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court resulting in multiple published opinions. Mike has received various awards and recognitions for his legal ability. He has a Preeminent AV Peer Rating from Martindale Hubbell. In 2009, 2012, and 2013, Super Lawyers magazine selected Mike as a "Rising Star" in the Nevada Legal field. Additionally, Nevada Business Magazine selected him as a Legal Elite: Top 100 Lawyers in Southern Nevada in 2012 and 2013, and Avvo rated Mike as “superb.”
Mike earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, graduating in the top 25% of his class. He won the CALI Award for Excellence for Torts II and made the Dean's List for academic achievement. He worked as a student attorney for the Clark County Public Defender's Office, an extern for United States District Court (then Chief) Judge Philip M. Pro, and as a research assistant for two law professors. Additionally, he also received training from the Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center to become a mediator for small claims court disputes. Mike earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. There, he was an Associate Student Justice for the Judicial Counsel, and a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Eric M. Pepperman
Eric is an associate at the law firm of Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, LLP. His practice is focused on litigation, primarily in the areas of products liability; eminent domain; commercial litigation; and complex litigation. Prior to joining Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, Eric served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael P. Villani in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court from 2009 to 2010. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. He earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009. While at Boyd, Eric received multiple CALI Awards (highest grade in a class) and received SCRIBES, The American Society of Legal Writers Award.
2012: January , March, April
2011: December, April, March, February, January
2010: October, July, April, March, February, January
2009: December, September, August, July, June Planning Meeting, February, January
2008: November, October, September, August, June Planning Meeting, February, January