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Brian R. Irvine

Brian R. Irvine is a member in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on areas of litigation, construction, banking, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and he is skilled in every aspect of the negotiation process. Mr. Irvine has recently specialized in very large commercial litigation and has participated in two of the biggest trials in Northern Nevada in the past four years. He recently obtained a judgment in excess of $100 million in claims for fraud and misrepresentation following an eight-week trial.

Education & Credentials


University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law

J.D., 2001
  • magna cum laude

University of Nevada, Reno

B.A., 1998

Bar Admission

  • Nevada


  • Best Lawyers in America©
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2021, 2023
    • Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Certification Rating
  • Nevada Business Magazine
    • Top Ranked Attorney (formally Legal Elite) 2014, 2016-2022
  • While in law school, Mr. Irvine earned seven CALI awards, and was the first Articles Editor and a founding member for the Nevada Law Journal.

Prominent Assignments

Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of food distribution client against a competitor and several of the client’s former employees based upon non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Successfully negotiated settlement to preserve client’s customer list.

Successfully represented one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers in dozens of product liability cases involving several different vehicle models.

Obtained successful settlement for Northern Nevada governmental entity in case involving property damage caused by defective product.

Obtained defense verdict for Lake Tahoe casino in action brought by former tenant for wrongful termination of a lease.

Obtained a judgment for the largest gas station and convenience store operator in Nevada in excess of $100 million on claims for fraud and misrepresentation after an eight-week trial, with the court awarding both compensatory and punitive damages.

Obtained defense verdict at arbitration for chain of drug stores brought by a customer who claimed he was injured by store security, and successfully affirmed arbitration verdict before Nevada Supreme Court.

Obtained injunctive relief prohibiting infringement of manufacturing client’s intellectual property by Chinese companies.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Member 
  • Washoe County Bar Association, Member 
  • Nevada State Bar – Appellate Section 
  • Nevada State Bar – Construction Section


  • Co-Author, "Managing Uncertainty Through Financial Crisis Requires Proactive Guidance," Dickinson Wright Client Alert, March 2020 
  • Presenter, Northern Nevada Business View Presents: Breakfast & Business, Nevada Cannabis Industry: Cultivating the Future, July 12, 2018
  • Presenter at the Dickinson Wright and Nevada Dispensary Association Marijuana Policy Forum Event, Reno, Nevada, June 6, 2018 
  • Presenter at the Dickinson Wright and Nevada Dispensary Association Marijuana Policy Forum Event, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 30, 2018
  • Author, “My Customer Filed for Bankruptcy! What do I do now?,” Northern Nevada Business Weekly, 2012 
  • Author, “Waiting for Daubert: The Nevada Supreme Court and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony,” 2 Nev. L.J. 158, Spring/Summer 2002 
  • Former Lead Articles Editor, Nevada Law Journal, 2000-01
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