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Elizabeth J. Bassett

Associate
Elizabeth Bassett

Elizabeth has fifteen years of litigation experience and is responsible for the firm’s Nevada litigation matters, including general civil litigation, probate and trust litigation, and family law.  Elizabeth is also responsible for the firm’s appellate practice and is experienced both in civil and criminal appeals from both sides of the bench.  Elizabeth is licensed in both Nevada and California.

Elizabeth’s Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Family

858.551.2440 x. 341

Assistant:

Stephanie Small
775.384.0022 x366
ssmall@bkflaw.com

Paralegal Litigation:
Jessica Brant
858.551.2440 x318
jbrant@bkflaw.com

Bars and Courts
  • California Bar
  • Nevada Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Nevada, Appellate Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Nevada, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Nevada, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
Education
  • University of California, Davis School of Law JD (UC Davis Law Review, Articles Editor)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA
Community Affiliations
  • Artown
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
  • The Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW)
  • Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Nevada
  • Sierra Arts Foundation
Responsibilities

 

Advising and representing clients in all phases of civil litigation matters, including breach of contract, real estate, employment, fraud, negligence, and tort cases.
Advising and representing individuals in trust disputes and probate matters.
Advising and representing individuals in all phases of family law matters.
Advising and representing clients and attorneys in all stages of appellate practice, including handling appeals from start to finish, but also providing targeted consulting services to assist attorneys in drafting appellate briefs and preparing for appearances before the Supreme Court of Nevada.
Advising and assisting clients and attorneys in preserving trial issues for appeal, including providing advice on or participating in the drafting of motions in limine, dispositive motions, jury instructions, judgments, and post-trial motions, including motions for a new trial.
Preparing and filing amicus briefs.
Drafting extraordinary writ petitions.
Drafting petitions for review requesting the Supreme Court of Nevada’s discretionary review of Nevada Court of Appeals decisions.

Representative Cases and Experience

 

Represented clients in all phases of family law, breach of contract, construction, real estate, employment, negligence, fraud, and tort litigation in both Nevada and California courts.

 

Drafted and argued new trial motion, post-trial motions for attorney fees and costs, and motions regarding good faith settlement issues in complex multi-party cases in Nevada.

 

Represented the plaintiff in a successful breach of contract trial involving multiple parties before a Nevada jury. 

 

Reviewed and researched civil appeals, extraordinary writ petitions, and petitions for review, and drafted memorandum and dispositional orders for presentation to the Justices of the Supreme Court of Nevada.

 

Edited orders and opinions drafted by Justices of the Supreme Court of Nevada and Judges of the Nevada Court of Appeals.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

 

Presenter: “Nevada Supreme Court Civil Opinion Review,” Sponsored by the Nevada Supreme Court

Employment Background

 

Prior to joining Blanchard Krasner and French, Elizabeth served as a Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court of Nevada for more than six years.  She interacted with the Supreme Court Justices regarding a wide-range of civil and criminal legal issues before the Court, particularly in the areas of procedure, torts, contracts, criminal and real property.  This experience exposed her to the behind the bench workings of the Supreme Court of Nevada, and Elizabeth has an in-depth knowledge of the procedures of the Court and the standards that apply to appeals, extraordinary writ petitions, and petitions for review.  Prior to working at the Court, Elizabeth litigated numerous cases with a private law firm for eight years, representing individuals and business in all phases of litigation.  Elizabeth also practiced at an appellate specialty law firm in California, drafting appeals and extraordinary writ petitions for law firms and individual clients.

Special Notes

 

Elizabeth enjoys hiking, spending days at the lake, and generally enjoying all of the amazing outdoor activities that the Reno-area provides with her husband and son. Elizabeth also enjoys boxing training, and belongs to a local boxing club.