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 Paola M. Armeni

Paola M. Armeni

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Biography

Ms. Armeni is a shareholder in the firm’s Government Investigations & Business Crimes Department. She focuses her practice in areas of litigation, specifically criminal law and civil rights.

Ms. Armeni gained great insight in legal court proceedings while serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph T. Bonaventure of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada. As an attorney, she has participated in the only impeachment hearing of a Nevada public official, assisted in several high profile criminal cases tried in both the United States District Court and Eighth Judicial District Court. She has also been successful in civil rights actions against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, most recently receiving a jury award of approximately 2.1 million dollars.

Ms. Armeni represents clients with a variety of issues, including:

  • Defense of medical professionals in criminal litigation
  • Defense of fraud and embezzlement
  • Defense of individuals charged with drug offenses
  • Defense of felony and misdemeanor assault and battery offenses
  • Defense of homicide
  • Defense of vehicular offenses; misdemeanor and felony DUI/manslaughter offenses
  • Defense of professional athletes in criminal litigation
  • Defense of individuals charged with Internet crimes
  • Victim representation
  • Internal investigations related to corporate misconduct

Representative Cases:

  • Represented a client in a civil rights action where the jury awarded in excess of 2 million dollars in damages; Ninth Circuit affirmed the judgment.
  • Represented a client in a civil rights action where the jury awarded a damage award in excess of $100,000 including punitive damages; Ninth Circuit affirmed the judgment.
  • Represented a client in the Ninth Circuit and successfully defended the denial of summary judgment by the district court judge.
  • Represented a client charged with murder; client was acquitted.
  • Represented a client charged with activities related to mortgage fraud. Despite a 46-month sentence recommended, was able to obtain a sentence with no jail time.
  • Represented a client charged with social security fraud, client received probationary sentence.
  • Represented a client charged with attempted murder; client acquitted on attempted murder charge and received probation on remaining counts.
  • Represented a client in mortgage fraud case where the government was recommending a 12-month sentence of incarceration, client received one month of incarceration.
  • Represented a client in a drug case where successful in suppressing all evidence seized resulting in a dismissal of the case.

Distinctions

Ms. Armeni was selected as the recipient of the Myrna Williams Children's Pro Bono Award by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.  This award is given in honor of Myrna Williams, and recognizes an attorney who has done an extraordinary job in giving a voice to our communities' most vulnerable victims. 

Ms. Armeni also received the “40 Under 40” Award from the Las Vegas Business Press for 2012 and received the inaugural Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the State Bar of Nevada in 2011.  She has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2014 and recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine as Mountain States Rising Star for years 2009-2013. This tremendous distinction is shared by only 2.5% of the state's total attorneys. In 2009, she received the inaugural William S. Boyd School of Law 2008 College Alumni of the Year.

Ms. Armeni was selected by her peers as one of the top attorneys in Nevada and recognized in the Nevada Business Journal as a Legal Elite. She is among only 1% of Nevada attorneys to be named as such in 2012 - 2013. She was also selected as one of Nevada Business Magazine's, Top 50 Up & Coming Attorneys for 2012 as well as a VEGAS INC. Top Lawyer.

Ms. Armeni has been rated as an “AV/Preeminent Attorney®” by Martindale-Hubbell®.  She is also a member of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada “50 Hours Club” for her donated service.

Affiliations

  • Board of Governors for State Bar of Nevada
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada's Young Lawyer’s Section, Past Chair
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Association, Past President
  • Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Past President
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • William S. Boyd School of Law Mentor Program, Mentor
  • Transitioning into Practice Committee, a program the State Bar of Nevada has put into place to assist individuals who pass the bar, Member
  • Las Vegas Business Academy, a program that offers scholarships and mentorships to students obtaining their master’s degrees, Chief Administrative Officer (2015), and formerly Chief Legal Officer (2013-2014)
  • Nevada High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge
  • Trial by Peers Program, Volunteer
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, Volunteer

In the News

David vs Goliath: The Battle Against Law Enforcement

Law enforcement entities have more resources and, believe it or not, are often more well-liked. This makes a decision to move forward with a 42 USC § 1983 (1983) action (a method for vindicating federal rights elsewhere conferred by federal statute) one that takes emotional wherewithal and a lot of fight.  In many cases, 1983 actions take years to reach resolution. So, you and your clients have to be onboard for the long haul.  By Paola M. Armeni

Read More »Posted on: Mar 13th, 2015   |  Posted In: Publications   |   Source: Nevada Lawyer 

Paola Armeni Discusses Wrongful Arrest of Couple in Collector Car

Paola Armeni speaks on the arrest of a couple in collector car, and how the Washington couple says they were falsely arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol for stealing a collector car they actually owned.

Read More »Posted on: Feb 26th, 2015   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source:  

Gordon Silver Listed on Pro Bono Honor Roll for February 2015

Gordon Silver Lawyers Paola Armeni and Mark Weisenmiller were recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll by the State Bar of Nevada for accepting cases in November 2014 through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Read More »Posted on: Feb 12th, 2015   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Nevada Lawyer 

Paola Armeni Noted in Vegas Inc's Notes Section

Paola M. Armeni was recognized in Vegas Inc's The Notes section for her recent appointment as Chief Administrative Officer for the Las Vegas Business Academy.

Read More »Posted on: Jan 21st, 2015   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Vegas Inc. 

Paola Armeni Discusses Las Vegas Business Academy's Chief Administrative Officer

Gordon Silver's Paola Armeni, Chief Administrative Officer for Las Vegas Business Academy's, comments on the importance of the organization.

Read More »Posted on: Jan 13th, 2015   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Las Vegas Business Press 

Gordon Silver Attorney Paola Armeni Named Chief Administrative Officer for Las Vegas Business Academy Executive Board

Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that Paola M. Armeni was recently selected as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Las Vegas Business Academy’s Executive Board.

Read More »Posted on: Jan 06th, 2015   |  Posted In: Press Releases   |   Source:  

Gordon Silver Listed on Pro Bono Honor Roll for October 2014

Gordon Silver Lawyers Paola Armeni was recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll by the State Bar of Nevada for accepting cases in July 2014 through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Read More »Posted on: Oct 27th, 2014   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Nevada Lawyer 

Gordon Silver Ranks in Top 10 of Business and Commercial Litigation Attorneys List

The Las Vegas Business Press published the 2014 Business and Commercial Litigation Attorneys List. The list is based on law firms ranked by the number of business and commercial attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gordon Silver is ranked #9a on the list for 2014.

Read More »Posted on: Sep 26th, 2014   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Las Vegas Business Press 

Six Gordon Silver Attorneys Listed on Pro Bono Honor Roll for September 2014

Gordon Silver lawyers Paola Armeni, Thomas Fell, John Krieger, Kory Kaplan, Colleen McCarty and Kristin Tyler were recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll by the State Bar of Nevada for accepting cases in June 2014 through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Read More »Posted on: Sep 25th, 2014   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Nevada Lawyer 

Campaign Finances – But I Want to Give More! The Struggle Between the First Amendment and Corruption

"I am not a crook.” The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created in 1974 to oversee and enforce campaign finance regulations and the Federal Election Campaign Act was amended to limit campaign contributions.  This article discusses the protection of the First Amendment and how it relates to the protection from corruption.  By Paola M. Armeni

Read More »Posted on: Jul 17th, 2014   |  Posted In: Publications   |   Source: Nevada Business Magazine 

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Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2003

Education

  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
  • B.S., Arizona State University.

Court Admissions

  • Nevada, 2003
  • U.S. Federal Court, Nevada, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit