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    J. Michael Oakes

    J. Michael Oakes is a native Las Vegan who has practiced law since 1983. His work experience has varied over the years, from initially becoming a partner in a large insurance defense firm, working over ten years as a solo practitioner, and then serving as general counsel in charge of litigation and transactional work for a large land development company. He has earned the respect of his peers, as shown by an AV rating from the highly respected peer rating service of Martindale-Hubbell.

    Over the years, he has lectured on various topics, including Motion Practice in Federal Court for the Bridging the Gap series sponsored by the Clark County Bar Association, Enforcement of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for the Community Associations Institute, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods for Homebuilders.

    He is an avid tennis player and  recently completed managing the Mountain Ridge Little League AA Dodgers.


    University of Oklahoma School of Law - Juris Doctorate, with distinction, 1983

    Oklahoma State University - Business Administration, 1980

    Bar Admissions

    Nevada and Federal District Court – 1983

    United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit - 2012


    AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating Service

    Memberships And Affiliations

    Nevada Bar Association

    Clark County Bar Association


    Daniel T. Foley

    Bar Admission

    California, 1983

    Nevada, 1985


    University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, J.D. – 1983

    Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. (Cam Laude) – 1979

     Southern Methodist University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) – 1979

    Honors and Awards

    A-V Rated

    Member National Moot Court Team, 1982

    Professional Association

    Clark County Bar Association, Member

    State Bar of Nevada, Member

    Pro Bono Activities

    Chairman, St. Rose Dominican Hospital Health Foundation, 1996- 2006

    Member, Board of Directors, St. Rose Hospital Community, 2003 – 2010

    Chairman, St. Rose Hospital Community, 2008 – 2010