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Michael J. Nunez Attorney at Law
Las Vegas Office
Senior Partner
702-360-3957 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992
  • Nevada, 2007
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 2007


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California (J.D., 1992)
    • Law Journal: Hastings Law Journal, Managing Editor, 1990 - 1992
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California (B.A., 1990)

Michael J. Nunez

Michael J. Nuñez, Senior Partner and the Partner-in-Charge of Murchison & Cumming, LLP's Las Vegas office, brings a unique background to his practice, being both an experienced trial lawyer and experienced appellate lawyer.

Mr. Nuñez is the senior trial attorney in the firm’s Las Vegas office. Mr. Nuñez is also a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. He has represented defendants in wrongful death and severe injury; transportation and trucking; assault and battery claims; product liability and transportation claims; coverage litigation; physicians and lawyers in malpractice claims; real estate malpractice claims; wage and hour claims; and has defended entities in lawsuits arising out of construction accidents, water rights issues and premises liability exposures.

Mr. Nuñez handles general and professional liability, hospitality, HOA, D&O, breaches of fiduciary duties, corporate litigation, contract disputes, and transactional, and employment related matters including wrongful termination claims and Title VII and state unlawful discrimination claims. Mr. Nunez has handled trucking and common carrier matters and has extensive experience in rental car and charter bus line litigation. In addition, he represents insurers in insurance coverage matters and bad faith/declaratory relief litigation.

Mr. Nuñez has successfully argued dozens of cases before the California Court of Appeals and the United States Appellate Court for the Ninth Circuit as well as received published opinions from the Nevada Supreme Court. Mr. Nuñez has also represented foreign companies in transactional and litigated matters. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Nuñez is a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of Las Vegas Defense Lawyers ("LVDL") which is the "defense bar" for Southern Nevada. LVDL offers CLE classes to members of the Nevada Bar, promotes civility and fairness in the judicial systems of Nevada and advocates and lobbies for legislative change, amendments and clarification before the State Assembly of Nevada on issues pertaining to the Defense Bar and Legal Profession.

Mr. Nuñez was recently acknowledged in the American Bar Association's publication, Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions, for assisting with the Nevada chapter.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, Founding Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association

Published Works

  • "Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions," Contributer, American Bar Association
  • "Nevada a Progressive State? Nevada Now Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on 'Gender Identity or Expression,'" Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Fall 2011
  • "Violence at our Borders: Rights & Status of Immigrant Victims of Hate Crimes & Violence," Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 43 Issue 6, 1992

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Beware the Pitfalls of Pre-litigation Investigation and Reliance on the Attorney-Client Privilege," 25th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committe Midyear Program, February 24, 2017, Phoenix, AZ
  • "Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit," 2016 Choice Hotels Conference, May 11, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
  • "Recent Developments in Sanction Cases: Old Topic that Keeps Coming Up," Hospitality Law Conference, February 23, 2016, Houston, TX
  •  "Nevada Law" Murchison & Cumming 2014 Year in Review, April 30, 2015, Los Angeles, CA
  •  "Nevada Law" Murchison & Cumming 2013 Year in Review, April 29, 2014, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Insurance Roundtable Bad Faith/Good Faith: The Latest from California and Nevada," September 18, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Strategies for Defeating 'Crawford Claims' and the Paradox of CH2M Hill," FDCC Annual Meeting 2011, July 28, 2011, Williamsburg, VA

Representative Published Decisions

  • Del Webb v. Partington, 652 F.3d 1145 (2011)
  • Sandra Torres v. Nevada Direct Insurance Co., 131 Nev. Ad. Op. 54 (July 2015)