Leon Mead

Leon Mead

Snell & Wilmer

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Partial Subordination Agreement not Involving or Affecting Mechanics Lien Claimant Priority is Enforceable in Nevada

When visible construction begins, Nevada law says mechanic’s liens attach to the construction site. A construction lender wants to ensure that its deed of trust securing the construction loan has first priority to the...more

10/16/2015 - Construction Contracts Construction Loans Deed of Trust Foreclosure Lien Priority Mechanics Lien NV Supreme Court Priority Disputes Subordination Subordination Agreement

Nevada Legislature Passes Reform on General Contractor Liability for Unpaid Subcontractor Labor Benefits

The 2015 Nevada Legislature appears to have brought common sense reform to one of the state’s most controversial statutes – NRS 608.150 – which made “original contractors” liable to its subcontractor employees (or labor...more

6/25/2015 - Construction Industry Contractors Employee Benefits General Contractors New Legislation Prime Contractor Subcontractors Unions Unpaid Wages

Out-of-State Design Professional Firms Must Register in Nevada to Enforce Contracts for Compensation in Nevada

Nevada, being a small state with a huge tourist attraction (Las Vegas), has often seen out-of-state design and construction professionals retained to provide their unique talents to create landmark quality design or...more

3/20/2014 - Construction Contracts Construction Disputes Construction Liens Design Professionals

Nevada Supreme Court Extends Design Professional Economic Loss Rule Defense to Negligent Misrepresentation Claims on Commercial...

In 2009, the Nevada Supreme Court (“NSC”) applied the economic loss rule to bar claims of professional negligence by design professionals in commercial construction projects, ruling that “[i]n the context of engineers and...more

7/28/2013 - Apportionment Architects Construction Contracts Design Professionals Designer Professionals' Liability Economic Loss Doctrine Indemnity Agreements Negligent Misrepresentation

Under Construction - June 2013: Nevada Indemnification Clauses and Additional Insured Endorsements

Unlike many states, Nevada has no statutory prohibition on indemnification agreements within the construction context. This has been an issue of significant concern every legislative session since 1995, with 2013 being no...more

6/20/2013 - Additional Insured Construction Defects Contract Drafting Contract Interpretation Indemnification Subcontractors

Under Construction - June 2013

Welcome to our summer 2013 issue on indemnity and additional insured provisions in the Southwest. While contractual provisions that define liability in the event of accidental damage or loss affect most construction projects,...more

6/20/2013 - Additional Insured Construction Disputes Contractors Indemnification Insurance Industry Loss Coverage Subcontractors

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Lender v. Mechanics' Lien Priority Disputes

On October 25, 2012, the Nevada Supreme Court, in a case of first impression, held that equitable subrogation cannot be used as a method to repair broken priority over mechanics' liens, but left the door open to the potential...more


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