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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 received the “40 Under 40” Award from the Las Vegas Business Press for 2012. She received the inaugural Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the State Bar of Nevada in 2011 and has been recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine as Mountain States Rising Star for years 2009-13. 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

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Nevada's Young Lawyer’s Section, 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 Legal Officer
  • Nevada High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge
  • Trial by Peers Program, Volunteer
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, Volunteer
  • Board of Governors for State Bar of Nevada

Publications

Author, Ten Quick Tips to Become an Effective Criminal Lawyer, Communique, March 2014

In the News

Thirty Gordon Silver Lawyers Selected As Super Lawyers® For 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers®

Gordon Silver is pleased to announce that 19 of our lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Mountain States Super Lawyers®. In addition, 11 of our lawyers have been selected as Rising Stars.

Read More »Posted on: Apr 11th, 2014   |  Posted In: Press Releases   |   Source:  

Ten Quick Tips to Become an Effective Criminal Lawyer

Lawyers enter the practice of law and either have a strong desire to delve into criminal law or an unequivocal desire to stay as far away from it as possible. Although the practice of criminal law is difficult to sum up in one article, here are ten quick tips to assist in becoming an effective criminal lawyer.  By Paola M. Armeni

Read More »Posted on: Mar 25th, 2014   |  Posted In: Publications   |   Source: Communique 

Gordon Silver's Pro Bono of the Year and Four Lawyers Honored by LACSN

Gordon Silver was selected as Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s 2013 Pro Bono Firm of the Year. In addition, Paola M. Armeni, shareholder in the Government Investigations and Business Crimes practice group, was awarded the prestigious Myrna Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award for her representation of abused children in foster care and recognized for over 100 hours of service.

Read More »Posted on: Dec 20th, 2013   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Las Vegas Business Press 

Gordon Silver and Four Lawyers Honored at 2013 Pro Bono Awards Luncheon

Gordon Silver Ltd. is pleased to announce their selection as Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s 2013 Pro Bono Firm of the Year. The 13th Annual Pro Bono Awards Luncheon were held December 6, 2013 at the Rio Hotel & Casino, and was hosted by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Read More »Posted on: Dec 09th, 2013   |  Posted In: Press Releases   |   Source:  

Paola M. Armeni Quoted in Las Vegas Sun Article Regarding Lawsuits Against Metro Las Vegas Police

Gordon Silver shareholder, Paola M. Armeni, quoted in Las Vegas Sun article entitled "As lawsuit Filings Against Metro police climb, settlement costs soar" on October 28, 2013.

Read More »Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2013   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Las Vegas Sun 

Paola M. Armeni Quoted in LA Times Article Regarding Las Vegas Police Shootings

Gordon Silver shareholder, Paola M. Armeni, quoted in LA Times article entitled "Las Vegas feels fallout from police shootings" on August 21, 2013.

Read More »Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: LA Times 

Paola Armeni of Gordon Silver Receives Affirmation in Lawsuit: Metro Officers Liable

Las Vegas Review Journal ran a story on July 9 covering Paola Armeni receiving an affirmation for her client in a $1.6 million award in force case. 

Read More »Posted on: Jul 12th, 2013   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Las Vegas Review Journal 

Gordon Silver Lawyers Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers 2013

Several attorneys from the Las Vegas office of Gordon Silver were recently recognized in “Mountain States Super Lawyers” for the 2013 magazine’s annual survey of lawyers.

Read More »Posted on: Jul 10th, 2013   |  Posted In: GS In the News   |   Source: Super Lawyers Magazine, Mountain States, 2013 

Gordon Silver Client Receives Affirmation In Ninth Circuit; Led by Shareholder Paola M. Armeni

Gordon Silver Ltd. is pleased to announce that Paola M. Armeni, a shareholder in our Government Investigations and Business Crimes group, recently received an affirmation from the 9th Circuit Court on a $1.6 million dollar judgment against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  

Read More »Posted on: Jul 03rd, 2013   |  Posted In: Press Releases   |   Source:  

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 Paola M. Armeni

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