James W. Puzey

“I try to put myself in the position of my clients – to see a situation through their eyes, to really understand the risks they face and the legal and business objectives they have. When clients hire me, they know they’re going to get someone who really cares about them and the situation they face.”


Jim Puzey is a shareholder and an experienced trial lawyer who advises clients in commercial litigation, construction law, gaming law, water law, land use, and alternative dispute resolution. He has counseled clients in a full range of commercial and business disputes, including casino ownership disputes, shareholder derivative actions, land development disputes, water rights forfeiture issues, disputes involving real estate owners and general contractors, wrongful termination actions, landlord-tenant disputes and foreclosures (commercial and residential), collection actions, premises liability claims, condemnation proceedings, as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases. Jim has appeared in courts throughout Nevada, before the Nevada Supreme Court, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In addition, Jim has served as an arbitrator in more than 50 arbitrations. He is an arbitrator in the First and Second Judicial District Court ADR Program, and he serves as a mediator in the State of Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program. Jim also represents clients before the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada State Board of Accountancy, the Nevada State Contractors Board, and the Office of the State Engineer of the Nevada Division of Water Resources.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jim played professional baseball for several years with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was chosen as a member of the 1983 USA National Baseball team which medaled in the Pan American Games and several international competitions. Jim is also a member of the Reno High School and University of Nevada Athletic Halls of Fame.

Practice Groups:

Cannabis Law
Commercial Litigation
Natural Resources
Appellate Practice
Professional Liability

Bar and Court Admissions:

State Bar of Nevada
State Courts of Nevada
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


B.S., University of Nevada, Reno
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Memberships and Affiliations:

State Bar of Nevada
Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada


President – Volunteer Attorneys of Rural Nevada