Lawrence J. Semenza, III (L.J.)
L.J. earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1996, obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Business Administration. He was a member of the Dean’s List from 1994 to 1996. In 1999, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He was also a Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education Scholarship recipient from 1997 to 1999. L.J. is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Upon graduating from law school, L.J. clerked for the Honorable Philip M. Pro with the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and served as a part-time faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught Business Law. In 2001, L.J. joined the law firm of Lewis & Roca, LLP (now Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie), where he worked as a litigation Associate in both state and federal courts. In 2003, he joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (formerly Schreck Brignone), becoming a Shareholder in 2008, where he built a successful commercial litigation practice focused primarily on hotel/casino clients. In January 2011, L.J. began his own law firm, where he continued to maintain a diverse legal practice in commercial litigation, personal injury, mechanic’s lien litigation, gaming patron disputes and collection matters.
In February 2013, L.J. began practicing law under the name Lawrence J. Semenza, III, P.C. with his current partner Chris Kircher and paralegal Olivia Kelly. In April of 2016, L.J. began representing clients under the name Semenza Kircher Rickard. Currently, L.J. represents a number of large casino clients, such as Wynn Las Vegas, Station Casinos, and MGM Resorts International, on a wide variety of matters. In addition, L.J. represents individual plaintiffs in personal injury matters and handles commercial litigation cases.
L.J. is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer for the Mountain States from 2013-2016, a Super Lawyers Mountain States Rising Star (for attorneys under the age of 40) in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and one of Southern Nevada’s Top 150 Attorneys in 2012 as published in Nevada Business Magazine.