Alan J. Lefebvre

Alan J. Lefebvre

Kolesar & Leatham
400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 400
Las Vegas, NV 89145

Alan Lefebvre served as the 89th president of the State Bar of Nevada, 2013- 2014, and remains active as a member of its board of bar governors.

He conducts a statewide civil trial practice in Nevada state and federal courts, in arbitral forums, and in mediation. He prosecutes and defends appeals in the Supreme Court of Nevada, and engages in civil writ practice, when trial judges err before trial.

His primary practice focus remains construction-related disputes. He represents public owners, private developers, contractors, design professionals, and sureties, concluding such disputes in jury trials and in binding arbitration, when the situation requires. Alan is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group. Resolution of shareholder disputes in corporate conflicts has become an active part of his practice in the last decade.

One dimension of Alan’s practice has remained constant; since 1984 he has been a mainstay as the trusted attorney and counselor, in family disputes over wealth distribution and management. That role takes him into the contested trust and probate arena when circumstances warrant. Wealth creation among Nevada’s pioneer families reached its zenith in the latter part of the last century and multigenerational litigation now arises with greater frequency. As a seasoned and creative litigator, Alan’s expertise in bridging wealth stewardship conflicts, has earned him the reputation as the premier advocate in legacy disputes, among the affluent later generations of Nevada’s original wealth creators.

The balance of his practice consists of resolving the full spectrum of disputes arising in commercial law.

Alan Lefebvre received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with high honors and departmental distinction, in 1975. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 1978 and has been in private practice in Nevada since 1979. Alan has been a peer-rated AV lawyer for two decades; he is recognized as SuperLawyer in the western states, and is among VEGAS INC’S Top 100 Lawyers of 2013.

Alan is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Saint Thomas More Society of Nevada, and serves on the boards of a number of non-profits. He is a sustaining member of the Federalist Society, Las Vegas Chapter. He is active in civic and cultural affairs.

Member, State Bar of Nevada
Member, State Bar of California
Admitted to practice, United States District Court, Districts of Nevada and Central California
Admitted to practice, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted to practice, United States Supreme Court
Commissioner, Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline (1991 – 1999)
Member, Board of Bar Governors, State Bar of Nevada
Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Surety Claims Institute

Speeches • Presentations • Publications
1992 – Southern Surety Claims Association in Atlanta Georgia.
1998 – Law Seminars International, Las Vegas , Nevada
1998 – The National Business Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada
1998 – Nevada District Court Judges 1998 Annual Seminar, Mesquite, Nevada

Significant Appellate Cases
Clark County v. Southern Nevada Health District, 128 Nev. Ad.Op. 58, 289 P.3d 212 (2012).
Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Trustees of the Construction Industry and Laborers Health and Welfare Trusts, 208 P.3d 844 (Nev. 2009)
Insurance Co. of the West v. Gibson Tile Co., Inc., 122 Nev. 455, 134 P.3d 698 (Nev. 2006)
Badillo v. American Brands, Inc., 117 Nev. 34, 16 P.3d 435 (Nev. 2001)
Transamerica Premier Ins. Co. v. Nelson, 110 Nev. 951, 878 P.2d 314 (1994)
U.S. v. D-Bar D Enterprises, Inc., 772 F.Supp. 1167 (D.Nev. 1991)
Local Joint Exec. Bd. v. Stern, 98