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Insurance-related litigation
W. Randolph Patton

W. Randolph "Randy" Patton's breadth of experience reflects the unusual breadth of his upbringing. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Randy also lived and studied in Hawaii and Arizona before settling in Southern Nevada to practice law. Different climates, diverse cultures, varied experiences: They have all contributed to Randy's multidisciplinary approach to his practice at Patton & Kiraly, P.C., where he specializes in insurance-related litigation. In his more than 30 years of practice, he's represented insurers, defended third parties on behalf of insurers, and infrequently represented those who've suffered personal injury. He also has a limited commercial and construction practice.

But Randy's approach involves a skill set that goes well beyond vigorously representing clients in the courtroom. He's also proud to have represented clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Whether it's a settlement conference, a short trial matter, mediation or binding and non-binding arbitrations, Randy understands that successful representation doesn't necessarily require courtroom pyrotechnics. Sometimes it requires strong principles and sound reasoning backed by common sense.

An AV-rated lawyer in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, he has also lectured often on first party and extra-contractual issues before insurance company representatives. Additionally, Randy knows a thing or two about default judgments. You might say he wrote the book on it -- literally. Randy was a contributing author to the first and second editions of the Nevada Civil Practice Manual, authoring the chapter on "Defaults and Default Judgments."

He came to his adopted home of Nevada via Arizona. There, he completed his bachelor of arts, cum laude, in 1976 at Arizona State University. In 1979, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University and was admitted to the practice of law in 1980 in Arizona and Nevada.

In Nevada, Randy began his varied and extensive law career as an associate with Edwards, Hunt, Pearson & Hale, P.C. in 1980. Thereafter, he joined Niels Pearson in the formation of a new firm in 1984, later known as Pearson, Patton, Shea, Foley & Kurtz, P.C., where he practiced as an attorney and counselor at law for 21 years. Today, he's joined with one of his former partners, now practicing as Patton & Kiraly, P.C. Their complementary backgrounds and strengths make them an adept and well-rounded team.

Randy is admitted before the Federal District Courts of Nevada and Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also admitted before the United States Court of Claims. In his busy schedule, he also makes time to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in Clark County District Court, where he's presided over more than 75 jury and non-jury cases arising out of the Short Trial Program.

Of course, he also makes time in his busy schedule for one of his most valued assets: his family. Randy has been happily married since 1982, and lives with his wife in Las Vegas. They have two adult daughters.

Randy's reported cases include:

  • May v. Anderson, 121 Nev. 668, 119 P.3d 1254 (2005)
  • Sosebee v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 164 F. 3d 1215 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Powers v. USAA, 114 Nev. 690, 962 P.2d 596 (1998)
  • Ballard v. Eighth Judicial District Court, 106 Nev. 83, 787 P.2d 406 (1990)
  • Knauss v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 105 Nev. 407, 775 p.2d 707 (1989)
  • Rivera v. American National Property and Casualty Company, 105 Nev. 703, 782 P.2d 1322 (1989)
  • Central Tel. Co. v. Fixtures Mfg. Corp., 103 Nev. 298; 738 P.2d 510 (1987)