Construction Law in Nevada
1050 Indigo Drive,, Suite 200, Las Vegas, 89145
Combined, John Naylor and Jennifer Braster have been practicing attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada for more than 30 years. John and Jennifer routinely appear before judges in both the Eighth Judicial District Court and United States District Court for the District of Nevada and have appellate experience with both the Nevada Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Naylor & Braster recognizes the firm’s clients have many choices with their legal representation and need counsel that will not only be effective but efficient.
Naylor & Braster litigates with its clients’ goals and expectations at the forefront. Having appeared before most judges in the state and federal trial courts in Las Vegas and even working with some judges in private practice and bar associations, we pull from that experience to advance our clients’ interests. With proficient oral advocacy skills and persuasive briefing, John and Jennifer have successfully achieved final dispositions in favor of their clients before both state and federal trial and appellate courts. John and Jennifer have also litigated cases through trial, receiving verdicts in their client’s favor. They have earned their reputations as respected attorneys, with John achieving a Martindale Preeminent rating of 4.3 out of 5 and Jennifer achieving a Martindale Preeminent rating of 4.7. Their combined decades of legal experience not only includes complex commercial litigation matters, but also contract law, property or loan disputes, construction law, and appellate work.
Our firm strives to establish relationships with each client before disputes arise in order to maximize the benefit to the client and avoid lengthy and expensive litigation. By offering this legal counsel role, we use the firm’s expertise to avoid disputes rather than reacting when a dispute arises. However, when disputes do arise, our expertise and fee arrangements strive to meet not only the client’s legal needs but monetary considerations as well. While the traditional fee model concentrates on an hourly arrangement, this model does not work for every client. Naylor & Braster’s fee arrangements take into consideration the type of case and personal needs of each client. We will also waive retainer requirements in appropriate cases. At the commencement of the matter, the firm establishes a plan and budget so each client knows what to expect. We maintain an engaged relationship with each client, regularly communicating all updates in the matter and ensuring the client’s needs are being met. With an active relationship, we can efficiently advocate for each client, fulfilling both their legal and financial needs.Show more +
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1984, John attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his law degree in 1987, and worked at a nationally recognized litigation firm in Kansas City, Missouri before heading to University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) in Great Britain to study for his LL.M. John received his LL.M. in 1989.
In 1990, John begin working at the nationally recognized bankruptcy boutique law firm Dixon & Dixon P.C. There, he worked on mergers, acquisitions, and matters related to the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. While at Dixon & Dixon, John spent time in Kuwait City, Kuwait in 1991, helping to open the firm’s new office there after the First Gulf War.
Wanting to become a litigator, John left Dixon & Dixon to join the United States Air Force as a judge advocate. His first assignment was as a prosecutor at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. That assignment was followed by his appointment as an Area Defense Counsel at Kadena, defending airmen charged with crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In 1997, John was assigned to the Office of the Chief Trial Attorney of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. While based at Wright-Paterson, John represented the Air Force before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, located in Falls Church, Virginia. John represented the Air Force in a wide variety of government contract claims, ranging from simple supply contracts, military construction projects, research and development contracts, and satellite systems contracts. John’s area of responsibility primarily focused on Air Force Bases west of the Mississippi and in the Pacific.
John left the Air Force in 1999, and joined the Las Vegas office of the preeminent Nevada law firm Lionel Sawyer & Collins. As a shareholder, John represented a wide variety of business and governmental clients in complex litigation, with a concentration on construction matters.
John has served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, specializing in construction matters and testified as an expert witness on drafting construction contracts. In July 2014, John formed Naylor & Braster with Jennifer Braster.
Professional Awards and Pro Bono Activities
- THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA – Recognized in the area of commercial litigation, appellate practice and construction law since 2014
- MOUNTAIN STATES SUPER LAWYERS – Annually since 2014
- NEVADA BUSINESS MAGAZINE – LEGAL ELITE
- Appointed to the Las Vegas Justice Court’s Pro-Tem panel for the 2015-16 term
- The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program – Qualified to be appointed pro bono counsel to represent veterans before the United States Court Of Appeals For Veterans Claims; appointments are arranged through The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
- Grader – Bar Examiners, State Bar of Nevada, grader from 2005 to 2015
- Clark County Bar Association
- State Bar of Nevada
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, Nebraska and Missouri (Western)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- Kansas (inactive)
- Nebraska (inactive)
- Illinois (inactive)
- Missouri (inactive)
- Clark County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education 2019
- California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals 2019
- Clark County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education 2018
Notable Decisions and Cases
- LGS Architects, Inc. v. Concordia Homes of Nev., 434 F.3d 1150 (9th Cir. 2006)
- Appeals of Tri Industries, ASBCA Nos. 47880, 48140 and 48491 (20 August 1999)
- Appeal of Page Construction, ASBCA No. 50816 (3 June 1999)
- Appeal of TRW Inc., ASBCA No. 51003 (27 June 2000)
- Litigation concerning the construction of the Aladdin Resort and Casino, Steel Engineers, Inc. v. Aladdin Gaming, LLC, et al., Case No. A416635, District Court, Clark County, Nevada, and related cases and arbitrations
- Litigation concerning the construction of The Resort at Summerlin, A and B Painting West, Inc. v. J.A. Jones Management Services, Inc., et al., Case No. A412274, District Court, Clark County, Nevada and related cases
- Litigation concerning the Park Towers Condominiums, Las Vegas, Nevada, High Rise JV LLC v. J.A. Jones Construction Co., Case No. A438593, District Court, Clark County, Nevada, and related cases and arbitrations
- Amland Development v. Terracon, Inc., Case No. A449555, District Court, Clark County, Nevada
- Underwriters at Lloyds London, et al., v. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp., et al. Case No. A464562, District Court, Clark County, Nevada
- Litigation counsel for Pacific Contractors, LLC through 2009
- Litigation counsel for Concordia Homes of Nevada, Inc. through 2009
- Turnberry Place Condominium Association v. Turberry Pavilion Partners, L.P., Case No. A514954, District Court, Clark County, Nevada
- Sedona Condominium Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Eagle Real Estate Group, LLC, et al., Case No. A523113, District Court, Clark County, Nevada
- Bombard Electric, LLC v. Fiesta Palms, LLC, et al., Case No. A548413, District Court, Clark County, Nevada
- Litigation Relating to the construction of The Mercer Condominiums, Unitah Investments, LLC v. Vanguard Construction, LLC, Case No. A582036, District Court, Clark County, Nevada, and related cases
- Litigation Relating to the construction of Slotzilla, Recreation Development Company LLC, et al., vs. Fremont Street Experience LLC, et al., Case No. A702891, District Court, Clark County, Nevada and related cases