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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, Esq. (Chair Elect)
Layke Martin is the Assistant Dean for External Relations at the William S. Boyd School of Law. 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 in Las Vegas. Scott concentrates his practice on all phases of complex commercial litigation, including catastrophic injury, construction, premises liability, and appellate practice. He 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, Scott served as Vice President of the student body and as Executive Director of the Association of Big Ten Students. He presently chairs the Disaster Legal Services Program, which provides pro bono legal services to victims of natural disasters throughout the State of Nevada. Scott was the 2013 State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer of the Year.
Jordan A. Davis, Esq
Mr. Davis is a member of Fennemore Craig’s Government Affairs Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis was an associate at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. His practice focused on complex civil litigation and commercial litigation. During law school, Mr. Davis mediated cases, worked in a civil litigation firm and externed for a well-respected criminal defense attorney in San Diego, California. Mr. Davis also worked under current Nevada Governor, and then Federal Judge Brian E. Sandoval in the United States District Court, District of Nevada and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David 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. Mr. Davis volunteers countless hours to legal aid and several community organizations in Northern Nevada, including work with veterans of our armed forces and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. In 2014, Mountain States Super Lawyers named Mr. Davis a "Rising Star" in the field of Business Litigation, chosen as one of the top 2.5 percent of young attorneys in his jurisdiction. Mr. Davis has also been named to Nevada Business magazine's "Legal Elite" in 2013 and 2014, as one of Northern Nevada's top attorneys. Mr. Davis was recently awarded the Reno Gazette-Journal's Twenty under 40 Award for his professional achievements, community involvement and exceptional leadership in the Greater Reno-Tahoe area.
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.
Amber Duvall is an Associate Attorney at Handelin Law, Ltd, in Carson City, Nevada. She is a native Nevadan who advises clients and litigates on a wide range of legal matters, including estate planning and administration, business formation, real estate, personal injury, residential community association issues, administrative law, and family law. During her summers, Amber worked as a law clerk with a Las Vegas firm, working with the business law and family law departments. Prior to law school, Amber worked as a legal assistant and file clerk, as well as worked behind the scenes for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division. Amber’s overall experience gives her a unique and holistic perspective in handling her client’s cases.
Amber earned her Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2013. She ranked in the top 1/5 of her class, earning enrollment on the Dean’s Honor List for each of her three years and earning Witkin awards for the highest grade in Civil Procedure and Second Year Legal Writing. She was a staff writer for Volume 43, and then the Chief Managing Editor of Volume 44, of the McGeorge Law Review. She was also a teaching assistant for a second year legal writing course, as well as coached high school students through their mock trial assignments. Amber earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business Law from UNLV.
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