Joseph Ganley - Hutchison & Steffen Law Firm

Joseph R. Ganley


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Joseph R. Ganley is a senior litigation partner with the Firm, and an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. He practices in virtually every aspect of business and commercial litigation, including real estate, construction, employment, intellectual property, insurance, transportation (Carmack Amendment), casino markers, reverse mergers, healthcare, probate, corporate and transactional, mechanic’s lien, and contract litigation. Joe was raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, an historic town founded in 1622 located 20 miles south of Boston. After graduating near the top of his high school class, Joe matriculated at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a member of the football and track teams, and after he was graduated in 1987, he stayed at Middlebury as an assistant football and baseball coach. He spent another year teaching and coaching at Hingham High School in Massachusetts before heading to New York City to start his legal career at the international law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Joe attended San Diego’s California Western School of Law for his first year of law school. After placing near the top of his class, he transferred to Boston University School of Law. He was named to the Dean’s List and Law Review at California Western. At Boston University, he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy and he was a Northeast finalist in the ATLA National Trial Team Competition. As a law student, Joe clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas and, after graduating in 1994, he joined a prominent Nevada law firm. He is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of Nevada and Massachusetts, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


He remains an avid Boston sports fan and still holds season tickets to the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox.


  • Mr. Ganley has significant trial experience and has successfully litigated a variety of business and commercial cases, including most recently a complete defense verdict in a three-week trial involving non-competition, trade secret, and employment law issues in Western Technologies, Inc. v. Agra Earth and Environmental, Inc., Case No. A368873 (Dept. 12, Las Vegas, Nev. 2006) (plaintiff sought several million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages, but received zero)
  • Mr. Ganley also achieved a groundbreaking victory for the client in a two-week trial involving esoteric healthcare and insurance issues pursuant to Nevada’s Prompt Payment Act that resulted in a judgment of close to $1 million in a case where the defendant offered $400 in settlement in Option Care of Nevada v. Nevada Care, Inc., Case No. A419252 (Dept. 15, Las Vegas, Nev. 2005)
  • He achieved a complete defense verdict in a multi-million dollar, two-week trial involving complex application of lending regulations pursuant to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development rules in James Cone v. Centennial Mortgage, Inc., Case No. A386514 (Dept. 3, Las Vegas, Nev. 2003)
  • Mr. Ganley has also obtained numerous TROs and injunctions including, Smedley v. GVS, Inc.; Crevoiserat, et al., Case No. A541767 (Dept. 10, Las Vegas, Nev. 2007) (defeat of movants’ non-competition agreement)
  • Eldorado Resorts, Inc. v. Consolidated Resorts, Inc., Case No. A525862 (Dept. 21, Las Vegas, Nev. 2006) (defeat of plaintiff’s non-competition agreement)
  • Roddy v. Consolidated Resorts, Inc., Case No. A526620 (Dept. 10, Las Vegas, Nev. 2006) (enforcement of client’s non-competition agreement)
  • Kokos v. Southern Nevada Environmental, Inc., Case No. A472722 (Dept. 2, Las Vegas, Nev. 2006) (enforcement of client’s non-competition agreement)
  • He helped obtain a favorable settlement on the eve of trial in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action in Olen Residential Realty Corp. v. Network Multifamily Security Corp., Case No. CV-S-00-0411-PMP (U.S.D.C., Nev. 2002)
  • Mr. Ganley also achieved favorable results in a host of other cases: Nevada Eye Care v. Snyder, Case No. A585382 (Dept.11, Las Vegas, Nev. 2009) (non-competition case); McMickle v. Nevada Eye Care, Case No. A449187 (Dept. 2, Las Vegas, Nev. 2002) (non-competition case)
  • Bosma v. Clark County, Case No. 98-A386269 (Dept. 3, Las Vegas, Nev. 2001) (eminent domain case)
  • General Electric Capital Corp. v. Footstore, Inc., Case No. CV-S-00361 PMP (RJJ) (U.S.D.C., Las Vegas, Nev. 2000) (corporate financing dispute)
  • Ambos v. Southern Nevada Environmental, Inc., Case No. A400358 (Dept. 18, Las Vegas, Nev. 2000) (enforcement of client’s non-competition agreement)
  • Harley Davidson v. Hawg Heaven, Case No. CV-S-97-00880-DWH (RJJ) (U.S.D.C., Las Vegas, Nev. 2000) (trademark infringement case – judgment in client’s favor for over $6,000,000)
  • Shree Satya Panduranga Inc. v. Vaswani, Case No. 00-A-416731 (Dept. 17, Las Vegas, Nev. 2000) (business fraud case)
  • Odyssey Transport, Inc. v. Northwest Jet Sales and Leasing, Inc., Case No. CV 99-12404 (Las Vegas, Nev. 1999) (business financing case)
  • Porter v. Turtlestop, Inc., Case No. A404587 (Dept. 18, Las Vegas, Nev. 1999) (corporate partnership dispute)
  • Pacific Southwest Development v. Spencer, Case No. 98-A395977 (Dept. 5, Las Vegas, Nev. 1998) (defamation case)
  • Frank Scott v. Moors & Cabot, Case No. CV-S-97-00195 DWH (LRL) (U.S.D.C., Las Vegas, Nev. 1997) (mining and financial disputes)
  • He was third-chair of a four-week federal jury trial in a multi-million dollar action involving construction and product defects resulting in a verdict in the client’s favor in Nemex Associates, v. PriMerit Bank, Case No. CV-S-92-507-HDM (U.S.D.C., Nev. 1994)


  • Massachusetts State Courts
  • Nevada State Courts
  • U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Green Our Planet
  • Member, St. Thomas More Society of Nevada
  • Board Member, Safe Nest DV Organization


  • Mountain States Super Lawyer (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Legal Elite Top 1% of Nevada Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Top Lawyer, Vegas, Inc. (2013)
  • Top Lawyer, Desert Companion (2013)
  • American Registry Southern Nevada Top 100 Attorneys (2013)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine (2013)

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