Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, magna cum laude and William S. Boyd Outstanding Graduate Award, 2005
  • B.A., International Studies and Theatre Arts, cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1999
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, magna cum laude and William S. Boyd Outstanding Graduate Award, 2005
  • B.A., International Studies and Theatre Arts, cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1999

Professional Background

Amanda Yen is a partner in the firm and focuses her practice primarily in Commercial & Complex Litigation, Appellate Law and Employment & Labor Law. She is recognized for her relentless approach to high-stakes litigation, utilizing her expansive knowledge of procedural issues, rules and experience in every aspect of litigation to her clients’ advantage in the courtroom. Ms. Yen’s extensive litigation experience includes her involvement as second chair on one of Nevada’s most complex construction and business litigation cases involving the largest privately-funded construction project in the United States.   Ms. Yen also regularly acts as local counsel for several national and international law firms in Nevada’s state and federal courts, and has acted as local counsel for multidistrict litigation involving complex products liability issues.

Before joining McDonald Carano, Ms. Yen was a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court where she wrote briefs, attended trials and prepared orders on all types of civil and criminal matters. While a clerk, she also prepared bench memoranda for and attended hearings at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Commercial & Complex Litigation

Ms. Yen has successfully represented clients in both federal and state courts. As a former federal law clerk, she is particularly skilled in handling procedural issues before the United States District Court. She regularly litigates a variety of matters including contract disputes, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, tortious interference, landlord/tenant issues, fraud and misrepresentation, quiet title actions, and matters involving injunctive relief. Ms. Yen has achieved considerable success in motion practice, particularly in summary judgment motions and in obtaining temporary restraining orders.

Employment & Labor Law

Ms. Yen’s employment law practice focuses on counseling employers on all aspects of employment law, updating clients on important changes in employment law, and providing advice on charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. She has handled various employment issues, including matters involving the disclosure of trade secrets and non-compete agreements.

Appellate Practice

Ms. Yen has assisted in representing clients before various appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Nevada Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

  • Paramount Marketing Consultants, Inc. v. M&K Enterprises: concerning a sub-lessee’s rights under a sublease agreement affected by separate negotiations and agreements between the sub-lessor and the owner
  • Youngblood Architecture, LTD. v. Youngblood Wucherer Sparer Architects, LLC membership purchase and dispute for a limited liability company
  • AMI Opportunity Fund, LLC v. Amerivon Chloe Acquisition, LLC: concerning a dispute over the purchase of a participation interest in an investment
  • Azteca Steel, Inc. v. Perini Building Company, et al.: brought in as appellate counsel and obtained a denial of the opposing sides writ petition, subsequent request for reconsideration and en banc reconsideration
  • Russ Steel Co., Inc. v. Clark Construction Group, LLC (In Re CityCenter): representing the general contractor in a complex commercial construction litigation concerning, at the time, the largest privately financed development in the United States
  • Digital Blue, Inc. v. Dyon, et al.: a case concerning trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Catadon Systems, Inc. v. Planet Safe Systems, Inc.: prosecution and settlement regarding intentional interference with contractual and business relations concerning Nevada’s WindGenerations Program
  • Mendoza v. All Star Bail Bonds, et al.: a case concerning respondeat superior, negligent hiring, training and supervision
  • Scientific Games Corp. v. Everi Holdings, et al.: a case concerning the enforcement of a non-competition clause
  • McDougal v. C & W Motors, Inc., et al.: a case concerning tortious discharge and wage and hour claims

Awards and Recognition

  • Special recognition for pro bono work, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • The Best Lawyers in America© ––  2018 Las Vegas Appellate Practice “Lawyer Of the Year”
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Appellate Practice
  • Super Lawyers – “Rising Star”
  • Super Lawyers – Business Litigation; Construction Litigation – Business; Appellate
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Legal Elite Best Up & Coming”
  • Nevada Business Magazine “Legal Elite” – Appellate; Commercial & Complex Litigation; Employment & Labor Law
  • Las Vegas Business Press – “Women Who Mean Business”
  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Community Engagement

  • Meritas
    • Member, Board of Directors (2020-2023)
    • Chair, Young Lawyer Advisory Board (2019-2020)
    • Chair-Elect, Young Lawyer Advisory Board (2018-2019)
    • Member, Young Lawyer Advisory Board (2015-2018)
  • Member, Nevada Commission on Ethics
  • Member, Sierra Club, PKD Foundation

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