Dana A. Dwiggins

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  • Managing Partner
Location:
Las Vegas, NV
Phone:
Fax:
702-853-5485

Dana A. Dwiggins in 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 levels, 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 also represents and assists personal representatives in handling all aspects of the administration of probate and trust estates.   In connection with the same, Ms. Dwiggins works closely with accountants to ensure the timely filing of trust and estate tax returns, preparation of accountings, the preparation of inventories and the distribution of trust and estates.

Ms. Dwiggins is a member of the State Bar of Nevada, where she serves as the Vice President of the Probate and Trust Section.  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?

Representative Cases

  • Estate of Bowlds, 102 P.3d 593, 2004, Nevada
  • Williams v. Security National Bank of Sioux City, Iowa, 350 F.Supp.2d 782, 2005, N.D. Iowa
  • Williams v. Security National Bank of Sioux City, Iowa, 314 F.Supp.2d 886, 2004, N.D. Iowa
  • Williams v. Security National Bank of Sioux City, Iowa, 293 F.Supp.2d 958, 2003, N.D. Iowa
  • Morgan v. Las Vegas Sands, Inc., 43 P.3d 1036, 2002, Nevada

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

  • Top 100 Women of Influence, MYVegas Magazine (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Trust and Estates Litigation, Las Vegas, Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys, Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Top 100 Attorneys, Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2019)
  • Top 100 Attorneys, Las Vegas, MYVegas Magazine (2019, 2020)
  • AV Preeminent Rating (2011 to present)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States Rising Stars (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Super Lawyers, Nevada Rising Stars (2008)
  • Vegas Inc. Top Lawyers (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Desert Companion, Top Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Safe Nest, President of Board of Trustees, Chair of Fund and Development Committee, Member of Executive Committee and Audit and Finance Committee (2014 toPresent)
  • Bank of George, Director, Board of Directors (2019 to present)
  • State Bar of Nevada, President, Probate and Trust Section
  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Real Property, Estate and Trust (1999 to Present)
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • State Bar of Nevada, Probate and Trust Section - Certification Committee Chair, 2010 to Present
  • Safe Nest, President of the Board, 01/2018 to Present
  • Safe Nest, Board Member, 03/2015 to Present
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News | Litigation - Trusts & Estates - Tier 1 | Las Vegas 2019
  • 2017 | As Published in: SL July | TOP50 Women ATTORNEYS | In The Mountain States | Selected By Peer Recognition & Professional Achievement 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyer Of the Year | Alan D Freeer
  • Best Lawyer Of the Year | DANA A DWIGGINS
  • Best Lawyer Of the Year | Mark A Soloman
  • 2019 Badge
  • 2020 Litigation Badge
  • 2020 Trusts Badge
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