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ABOUT Micah S. Echols

As the Chair of the firm’s Appellate Department, Mr. Echols focuses his practice on civil appeals, including state and federal appeals, writ petitions and petitions for judicial review of agency decisions. Since joining Marquis Aurbach Coffing, Mr. Echols has participated in the briefing or argument for over 200 appellate matters. He has argued cases in both the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit. Clients and other attorneys often consult Mr. Echols for his knowledge of appellate procedure and preserving issues in the District Court for appeal. His appellate successes include reversals of jury verdicts, reversals of non-jury trials, obtaining extraordinary writ relief and obtaining appellate decisions upholding favorable rulings for his clients. Mr. Echols holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is also recognized by Super Lawyers for his appellate practice.

Mr. Echols has published approximately 40 articles on appellate topics and recent developments in the law. His publications include the Civil Appeal Checklist with Forms, which is a comprehensive checklist for processing an appeal to the Supreme Court of Nevada. The most recent version of the checklist incorporates the amendments that the Supreme Court has made to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. He has also authored chapters for the updated Nevada Appellate Practice Manual published by the State Bar of Nevada. Mr. Echols also frequently publishes legal articles that have appeared in Nevada Lawyer, a publication of the State Bar of Nevada; Communiqué, a publication of the Clark County Bar Association; Advocate, a publication of the Nevada Justice Association; CCIM Perspective, a publication of the Southern Nevada Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members; and the Las Vegas Business Press.

Aside from his proficiency in appellate courts, Mr. Echols also regularly handles matters in trial courts. In fact, VEGAS INC has recognized him in 2012 as a Top Lawyer in Southern Nevada for lawsuits/disputes. Additionally, Mr. Echols earned the designation “NITA Advocate” in 2009 from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for trial, deposition and communication skills. More recently, Mr. Echols was recognized by Desert Companion in 2014 as a Top Lawyer for Appeals.

Prior to joining Marquis Aurbach Coffing, Mr. Echols was the law clerk to the Honorable Sally A. Loehrer, District Court Judge, in Las Vegas. Mr. Echols has lived in Alaska, Iowa, and Utah before moving to Las Vegas. In his free time, Mr. Echols enjoys watching or attending Major League Baseball games with his wife and children.

Law Clerk: Honorable Sally A. Loehrer, Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 15; Appointed to Nevada State Bar CLE Committee. Author: Five Things to Remember in Ninth Circuit Appellate Practice , Communiqué 28 (Jan. 2017); Chapters on Civil Jurisdiction and Attorney Fees, Costs, and Sanctions, Nevada Appellate Practice Manual (2d ed. 2016); Drafting Attorney Fees Order to Withstand an Appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court , 21 Nev. Lawyer 6 (Aug. 2013); Navigating Post-Judgment Motions in Nevada State Court, 20 Nev. Lawyer 6 (Jan. 2012); What Is the Proper Measure of Damages Owed for Wrongful Deprivation of Real Property? , 35 NJA Advocate 23 (Nov./Dec. 2011); Using Motions in Limine at Trial to Effectively Preserve Appeal Issues , 32 Communiqué 23 (Oct. 2011); Co-Author, Offers of Judgment in Nevada: Best Friend or Worst Enemy? , 18 Nev. Lawyer 33 (Nov. 2010); Is the Courtroom the Right Place for Religion? Difficulties in Restricting Religious Arguments During the Sentencing Phase of Pennsylvania Death Penalty Cases: Commonwealth v. Spotz, 36 UWLA L. Rev. 254 (2005); Changing the Face of Premises Liability in Nevada: Davenport v. Comstock Hills-Reno Requiring an Affirmative Duty for Premises Owners to “Maintain” and Upgrade , 37 UWLA L. Rev. 76 (2004); Are Private Automobile Insurance Companies Replacing Workers' Compensation Coverage When the Employee/Insured is Injured in the Course and Scope of Employment by a Third-Party Tortfeasor?: Rubin v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 2 Pierce L. Rev. 17 (2004); Striking a Balance Between Employer Business Interests and Employee Privacy: Using Respondeat Superior to Justify the Monitoring of Web-Based, Personal Electronic Mail Accounts of Employees in the Workplace , 7 Comp. L. Rev. & Tech. J. 273 (2003). Recipient: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 50 Hours Award (2014); Desert Companion Magazine, Top Lawyer (Appeals), 2014; Mountain States Super Lawyer (2014-2019); Mountain States Rising Star (2013).

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  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional
  • Litigation

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