Dana A. Dwiggins

Dana A. Dwiggins

Managing Partner
Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Phone:
800-671-9908
702-997-7714
Fax:
702-853-5485
Contact:

Dana A. Dwiggins is the Managing Partner of the Firm, where she focuses her practice primarily on probate and trust litigation, small business litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianships, and trust and wills. She routinely represents heirs, beneficiaries, creditors and private and professional fiduciaries in both contested and uncontested matters affecting all aspects of trusts and estates. She has substantial experience litigating matters involving complex claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including claims relating to allocation of investments, accounting discrepancies, valuation of businesses and other assets, sale of assets, estate and income taxes, distributions and Nevada’s Uniform Principal and Income Act.   She additionally litigates claims involving testamentary and contractual capacity, undue influence, fraud and unjust enrichment. Ms. Dwiggins’ experience also extends out of court, where she has successfully negotiated settlements for clients involving complex trust and estate matters.  In 2014, Ms. Dwiggins assisted the Firm in negotiating a settlement that netted the Firm’s client $50 million. 

Ms. Dwiggins' litigation experience extends to not only state court, but federal court as well, at both the trial and appellate level, including case assessment, motion practice, hearings, discovery, depositions, trial, settlement conferences, mediations and appeals.  Ms. Dwiggins has also successfully argued before the Nevada Supreme Court.

Ms. Dwiggins is a member of the State Bar of Nevada, where she serves as the Vice President of the Probate and Trust Section and Chair of the Certification Committee.  Ms. Dwiggins is additionally a member of the American Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association and Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. Ms. Dwiggins is licensed to practice law in the State of Nevada, United States District Court for the District of Nevada and the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Guardianship
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Probate
  • Wills and Trusts

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 1999
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1996
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Published Works

  • Attorney’s Fees In Probate Matters -- Are Five Percent Fee Agreements Reasonable?

Classes/Seminars

  • Discouraging Family Estate Litigation, NBI, 9/26/2006
  • Wills, Trusts and Probate in Nevada, State Bar of Nevada, 6/01/2007
  • Nevada Estate Planning Issues, Nevada Wealth Counsel, 10/03/2011

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation- Trust and Estates, Las Vegas (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Women in the Law (2017, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Attorneys, Mountain States (2017, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States Rising Stars (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Super Lawyers, Nevada Rising Stars (2008)
  • Legal Elite (2015)
  • Desert Companion, Top Lawyers (2014)
  • Vegas Inc. Top Lawyers (2013)
  • AV Preeminent Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Probate and Trust Section of State Bar of Nevada, Vice President
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow, 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Real Property, Estate and Trust, 1999 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • National Association of Professional Women, Member, 2014 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Lionel Sawyer & Collins, Associate, 1999 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • State Bar of Nevada, Probate and Trust Section - Certification Committee Chair, 2010 - Present
  • Safe Nest, President of the Board, January 1, 2018 - Present
  • Safe Nest, Board Member, March 1, 2015 - Present