About Jay Young

Jay Young | Nevada Business Attorney | Mediator | Arbitrator  702.850.0375 | info@yourlegalguides.com

For Jay’s Arbitrator and Mediator Bio, click here.

Rated as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in the Mountain States, Attorney Jay Young’s practice focuses on general civil, commercial (business disputes), and real estate litigation. Jay enjoys a perfect 5.0 peer review rating and is recognized as a AV® Preeminent™ attorney in each category of Litigation, Commercial Law, and Business Law by the national publication, Martindale-Hubbell®. Such a rating is “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence” according to the rating service.  He is recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in Arbitration.  Jay has also obtained the designation Legal Elite and Super Lawyer, has a perfect 10.0 “Superb” Avvo.com rating, and has been named among Nevada’s “Top Lawyers” (Desert Companion Magazine, Vegas, Inc Magazine, and My Vegas Magazine).

Jay is known as a master courtroom advocate, a Judge, a private arbitrator and mediator, and a respected author of legal books aimed at helping other attorneys prepare for and take matters to trial, including dealing with thorny evidentiary issues.  Mr. Young is only the second attorney in the State of Nevada to be given the prestigious “Master Advocate” designation by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, recognizing his skills as a litigator and as a teacher of trial and oral advocacy skills to other attorneys. These skills have lead Mr. Young to become a recognized author of books teaching other attorneys how to refine their legal practice.

Mr. Young’s practice areas include:

Complex Commercial Litigation: litigation on behalf of business plaintiffs and defendants in numerous cases with successful results, including in federal and state courts; arbitrations before the AAA, JAMS, and other ADR providers on a broad range of matters litigated, including: bankruptcy litigation; business torts; breach of fiduciary duties; class action; contract disputes; corporate, partnership, and LLC governance disputes; covenant of good faith and fair dealing; custodianships; fraud; injunctive relief; lease disputes; professional negligence (malpractice); real estate; receiverships; RICO; shareholder/partner disputes; unfair competition (including Lanham Act violations); and unfair trade practices.

Franchise Litigation: represent franchisors, franchisees, and area developers in state and federal courts, as well as private arbitration in contract disputes; misrepresentation; misappropriation of trade secrets; non-competition agreements; non-solicitation; and unfair competition.

Intellectual Property Litigation: experience in counterfeiting; dilution; defense of trade secrets act; false advertising; misappropriation of trade secrets; trade dress and brand protection; trademark; service mark; and unfair competition (including Lanham Act violations).

Employment Litigation: experience in discrimination; employment contracts; injunctive relief; non-competition agreements; negligent hiring, retention, and supervision; protection of trade secrets; and wrongful discharge.

Mr. Young is also recognized for his ability to resolve disputes. He is a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge and has been appointed as a Special Master to the Clark County Business Court. Further, Mr. Young is a Judge Pro Tem at the Henderson, Nevada Municipal Court. He has been chosen as an arbitrator or mediator in hundreds of business and personal disputes (ownership, contract, injury, real estate disputes, etc.). He has been named to the American Arbitration Association’s National panel of arbitrators and mediators for Commercial disputes. He is also a well-known and respected small business consultant. Mr. Young combines keen attention to detail with a broad perspective of the business world as well as the litigation process to assist his clients in solving their business disputes as quickly and economically as possible. Just as important to clients, he adds value in the contract creation stage of business relations to avoid possible problems.

Outside the courtroom, Mr. Young is a GRAMMY® Award and NAACP Image Award winning singer.

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Mr. Young has been chosen by fellow attorneys as an arbitrator or mediator to resolve over 300 difficult lawsuits and conflicts.   See his full Arbitrator/Mediator bio here.

Private Arbitrations: Mr. Young often serves as arbitrator in private arbitrations where, because of his experience, he is chosen by the parties to an action to resolve their disputes.

American Arbitration Association: Mr. Young is named to the National panel of Arbitrators by AAA, one of the oldest, largest, and most respected arbitration services in the United States.
Advanced Resolution Management:  Mr. Young is a full-time mediator and arbitrator with ARM since 2018.
Nevada Supreme Court: In 2003, Mr. Young was appointed by the Supreme Court as an arbitrator assigned to the Clark County panel of arbitrators authorized to decide matters submitted to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Better Business Bureau: Mr. Young was appointed in 2006 as an arbitrator.


Mediation Preparation and Advocacy, a continuing legal education seminar: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (December 3, 2018), The Cottle Firm (February 22, 2019), Jolley Urga Woodbury Holthus & Rose (March 20, 2019), Maier Gutierrez & Associates (April 24, 2019), Hutchison & Steffen (June 7, 2019), Marquis Aurbach Coffing (June 13, 2019), State Bar of Nevada (July 19, 2019)

Proportionality in Discovery: Las Vegas Defense Lawyers meeting, July 17, 2019

NRCP Rule 26 and Proportionality in Discovery: Eighth Judicial District Court Bench Bar Meeting, May 14, 2019

Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, AAA (October 2017)

Deposition Training, Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Nevada Deposition Program, Continuing Legal Education Seminar. 2008-2012, 2014-present

Advocacy Teacher Training, Graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s intensive teacher training program. November 2009

Trial Advocacy Training, Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Las Vegas In-house Trial Training program, Continuing Legal Education Seminar. March 2006

Deposition Training, Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Las Vegas In-house Deposition Program, Continuing Legal Education Seminar. August 2005

Commercial and Residential Evictions, Presenter of “Residential Evictions and Trial,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Sterling Education Services), Las Vegas, Nevada. May 18, 2005

Landlord-Tenant Law Update, Presenter of “The Eviction and Judicial Process,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Sterling Education Services), Las Vegas, Nevada. January 13, 2005

Commercial Leases: Drafting, enforcing, and Other Critical Issues, Presenter of “When a Tenant Files Bankruptcy,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Sterling Education Services), Las Vegas, Nevada. September 23, 2004

Protecting the Homeowners Association, Presenter Las Vegas Seminar to Property Managers, Homeowner Association Boards, and Homeowners, Las Vegas, Nevada. 1995

Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Law Instructor, Community College of Southern Nevada, 1995-1996


Doing Business in Nevada: A Practical Guide (co-author) 2017.  This guide is a must for any company doing business in Nevada.  It covers everything from how to properly form a business to leases, corporations, limited liability companies, foreign qualifications to do business in Nevada, business name registration requirement, purchase and sale of businesses and entities, mergers, conversions, exchanges, and domestication of business, business regulation and licensing, real estate, deeds of trust, leases, construction law, easements, zoning, minerals, family law, dispute resolution, taxation, franchising, securities regulation, estate planning, banking, and marijuana law.  Contact Jay for your copy.

Nevada State Court Litigation Checklist: Get the Third Edition of this popular book that belongs in the library of every serious Nevada litigator. It has been called an “essential tool” in the arsenal of any attorney.  This checklist is as comprehensive as possible so that any attorney or person representing themselves can use it as a resource to at least find the applicable rule or statute that governs most situations, but more importantly, to understand what it takes, “A to Z” to get a case ready for trial. I approach preparation for every lawsuit as if it will go to trial. Although a majority of cases settle, a litigant who prepares each case as though it is going to trial better understands his or her case, and is likely to craft better written discovery and to take better depositions. That litigant is ultimately better equipped to achieve a more favorable settlement than they otherwise would.

  • 274 pages
  • Includes the elements for almost 200 Nevada causes of action (including annotations to caselaw and statutory authority)
  • New chapters on ADR and preparing witnesses to testify

A Litigator's Guide to Nevada Evidence and Objections by Jay YoungA Litigator’s Guide to Nevada Evidence and Objections: While Nevada’s statutory rules of evidence generally follow the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal system is not adopted wholesale.  Perhaps as important and confusing, Nevada does not follow the Federal numbering system, making it difficult to easily analogize to known Federal principals while in the heat of the battle in State court.  This guide is designed to allow litigators in Nevada who are accustomed to the Federal rules to quickly cross reference with Nevada’s rules, and to serve as a general guide on the contents of our rules of evidence.  The second section provides a handy guide to objections, prompting the user on how to lodge the objection, the source of law for the objection, and a short explanation of the objection.

Federal Court Civil Litigation Checklist: Get the Second Edition of this popular checklist.  It is a comprehensive “A to Z” approach to coach you from client intake to the first day of trial.   Although a majority of cases settle, a litigant who prepares each case as though it is going to trial better understands his or her case, and is likely to craft better written discovery and to take better depositions.  That litigant is ultimately better equipped to achieve a more favorable settlement than they otherwise would.

A Litigator’s Guide to Federal Evidence and Objections: This pocket guide is designed to allow litigators to quickly reference to the Federal Rules of Evidence (“FRE”). It is presented in three parts. First is a quick reference guide to the FRE. Second is a guide to objections. It provides a tag line for the objection (i.e., “Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence”), followed rule(s) on which the objection relies and a short explanation of the rule/statute should you need additional support or rationale for the objection. Third, is a complete copy of the 2019 FRE.

Nevada Civil Practice Manual, Chapter 26: Pre-Judgment Remedies, Jay Young (co-author), State Bar of Nevada Publication (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), 5th Ed. (2005-2016).  “The Nevada Civil Practice Manual is written and edited entirely by a team of volunteer attorneys and judges, all of whom actively practice law in Nevada. Their hands-on knowledge of Nevada law and its courts was invaluable in the development of this publication, and their expertise greatly enhances its contents. The publication is managed by the State Bar of Nevada.”

The Self Help Federal Court Litigation Checklist (Your Legal Guides 2016). This invaluable checklist guides lay litigants through all the steps they need to take from initial filing to verdict. Even attorneys who have practiced for many years find this guide streamlines their practice and allows them to mentor younger attorneys, saving countless hours while teaching their attorneys the valuable lessons that normally take decades to learn.  A must for anyone representing themselves in federal court (pro per, pro se, self-represented, etc).  Buy here.

The Self Help Guide to Federal Evidentiary Objections (Your Legal Guides 2016).  This guide allows lay litigants to instantly find the right objection to make in the heat of battle during trial.  A must for anyone representing themselves in federal court (pro per, pro se, self-represented, etc).  Buy here.

The Self Help Guide to the Federal Rules of Evidence (Your Legal Guides 2016). A Pocket book for every every lay litigant in Federal Court. With this pocket book, litigants can find the correct Federal Rules based on the concept.  A must for anyone representing themselves in federal court (pro per, pro se, self-represented, etc).  Buy here.

The Rules of the Game: Comprehensive Amendments to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure Nevada Lawyer (June 2019)
7 Ways to Settle Your Case by Co-Negotiating With Your Mediator Communique (May 2019)


Federal Trade Commission v. AMG, et. al.  Represented defendant in online payday lending dispute which the federal government described as having possibly a billion dollar exposure.

City of Henderson v. Milam.  Represented developer of sports complex, successfully dismissing fraud claims brought by the City.

Harrah’s Interactive Entertainment Inc. v. Ultra Internet Media SA et al., U.S. District Court (Nevada). Represented internet poker site and sponsor of the World Series of Poker for breach of  $22 million promotional agreement.  Resolved favorably.

All American Jewelry & Loan, LLC v. Goldfinger, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Nevada).  Obtained judgment of non-dischargeability against debtor who stole gold coins and bullion from plaintiffs.

Syncor Int’l v. Biotech Pharmacy, Inc., U.S. District Court ( Nevada ). Successfully defended small nuclear pharmacy against claims of unfair competition and violation of the Lanham Act. Matter settled shortly after Jay obtained favorable ruling on motion for partial judgment.

Rose Rosequist v. Nevada Bell, U.S. District Court ( Nevada ). Prosecuted class action suit against Nevada Bell (subsidiary of SBC, now AT&T) on behalf of residents of Sandy Valley, Nevada after Nevada Bell unilaterally decided to cease providing telephone service to residents without providing for alternative service. Nevada Bell settled the matter, and re-wired the entire valley, built a new substation, and provided service to all its residents.

China Northeast Petroleum Holdings, Ltd. v. Topworth, U.S. District Court ( Nevada ). Obtained dismissal of Action for Injunction and Damages for alleged fraud in issuance of stock.

Nuoasis Resort, Inc. v. Braick, U.S. District Court ( Nevada ). Obtained $302 Million judgment for breach of contract, fraud, and conversion over construction of casino in Tunisia .

In re: National Airlines, U.S. Bankruptcy Court ( Nevada ). Represented Airlines Reporting Corporation, a technology solutions company providing transaction settlement and data information services for airlines, travel agencies, Corporate Travel Departments (CTD), railroads, and other travel suppliers. Assisted in the development of an acceptable Chapter 11 plan.

Driggers v. Driggers, Nevada State Court. Defended multi-million dollar estate contest resulting in judgment in favor of Marquis & Aurbach’s client.

Naridon v. Ted, Nevada State Court. Obtained judgment after mechanics lien foreclosure trial.

J.M. Gair & Assoc. v. Janotta, Nevada State Court. Obtained judgment after trial on partnership dispute.

Bombardier, Inc. v. RV World, Inc., Nevada State Court. Obtained writ allowing client to seize hundreds of recreational vehicles based on wrongdoing by defendant.

Bombardier, Inc. v. Ladki, U.S. Bankruptcy Court ( Nevada ). Obtained judgment in excess of $1 Million for client in State court action for fraud and breach of contract. After defendant filed for bankruptcy protection, Jay obtained judgment of non-dischargeability pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523.

Biotech Pharmacy, Inc. v. Topham, Nevada State Court. Successfully prosecuted defamation action against witness whose false testimony resulted in client being sued in another action.

Donuts of Las Vegas , LLC v. Curry, Nevada State Court. Prosecuted dissolution of LLC, usurpation of corporate opportunity, and unfair competition claims, resulting in judgment and punitive damage award for client.

Lawyers Title Ins. Co. v. Vestin Mortgage, Nevada State Court. Successfully defended declaratory relief action to declare coverage, and prosecuted counterclaims for unfair claims practices, bad faith, and third party claims for legal malpractice.

Axcel Foam, Inc. v. Parker, obtained injunction against competitor who was using a similar name and logo to that of Firm’s client, his former employer. Prosecution of trademark infringement claims.


  • Nevada and Clark County Bar Associations
  • Las Vegas Chamber Music Society
  • Board Member, Believing Christ Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Easter Seals Nevada
  • Board of Directors, Youth Leadership Authority
  • Volunteer attorney for Children’s Attorney Project, Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, providing advice and representation to abused and neglected children
  • Board of Trustees, Toys 4 Smiles Las Vegas 2014-2018
  • Troop 462, Boy Scouts of America: Charter Organization head, 2006-2011, Scoutmaster 2002-2004, Troop Committee 2002-2005, Assistant Scoutmaster (2011-2013)
  • Girl Scouts of Frontier Council: Nominating Committee 2002-2003
  • Baseball Coach, Green Valley Little League and Henderson Baseball Association, 1997-2002, Western Little League 2006-2008
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Village of Silver Springs Homeowners Association, 1995-1996

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