Karl L. Nielson, Of Counsel


Karl is an experienced commercial litigator and appears regularly in state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings throughout Nevada. He represents a wide variety of clients with an emphasis on real estate litigation, construction law, title insurance issues, and corporate disputes. As a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group in Las Vegas, Karl is a key part of the firm’s litigation practice in Nevada.

Karl has been very involved in leadership within the Clark County legal community. He is a past President of the Clark County Bar Association, the current President of the Clark County Law Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic at UNLV, and a member of the advisory board of the School of Life Foundation. He has been a frequent instructor at continuing legal education seminars including in the areas of evidence, expert witnesses and general litigation.

Karl is also an active speaker and writer on various topics.  Just within the last year, he participated in writing and editing the article “Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Nevada,” which was published in the September 2015 edition of the Nevada Lawyer.  He was a guest speaker on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and privacy issues at the United States District Court conference in Las Vegas. He spoke to the graduating class of the Trial By Peers program, a juvenile diversion program that allows high school students to serve as peer counselors and to participate in trials of teenagers accused of various minor offenses.  He was the concluding speaker at the Liberty Bell Award Ceremony honoring the recipients of the prestigious Liberty Bell Award. In conjunction with the chief federal judge, he spoke to the Downtown Cultural Arts group about legal issues.  He was interviewed and quoted several times in an article for the publication “The Sunday” in the Vegas Inc. section titled “A Good Time for an Internship.” He was pictured on the front of the Clark County Bar Association’s Communique magazine in its November 2015 issue for attorneys recognized for giving back to the community.

An avid history buff and sports enthusiast, Karl counts some of his favorite recent experiences which were a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the 150th re-enactment of the great Civil War battle, and a surprise birthday trip to Dallas, Texas to see the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament.

Practice Areas:

  • Business Litigation
  • Aviation, Aerospace and Autonomous Systems
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Real Estate Litigation

Articles and Presentations

  • Panelist, “Flying High, Flying Low: Drones, Addiction, Ethics, and the Law,” United States District Court Conference, May 2015
  • Participant, Drones on the Horizon, Legal Issues with Unmanned Aerial Systems in Domestic Airspace
  • Co-Author, “Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Nevada,” Nevada Lawyer, September 2015Professional and Community Activities


  • President, Clark County Law Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Education Board, School of Life Foundation
  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association


  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitEducation and Honors


  • J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, Amherst College
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