John has made monetary contributions to many philanthropic causes. Aside from monetary contributions, John has put his time and effort into many causes, including the following, to name a few: Altrusa Club (volunteer dental assistant for program donating dental services to children in need); Nevada Major Political Party Volunteer, former Precinct Captain and Alternate District Delegate; NSPCA (volunteer animal caregiver); Clark County Legal Services (now known as Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada) (volunteer); Nevada Legal Services (Bd. of Dir., Fiscal Comm., Fundraising Comm., Bldg. Comm.); Safe Nest fundraiser.
John served proudly as a Sergeant in the prestigious 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, during two campaigns in Iraq (1990-91): Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. John graduated (Commandant’s List) from the premiere Primary Leadership Development Course (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of some of the most elite combat teams in the world. During his service, John earned the following: SW Asia Service Medal, 3 Bronze Service Stars; Kuwait Liberation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Army Achievement Medal 1st OLC; Good Conduct Medal; and Parachutist Badge (“Jump Wings”). John also received certifications through Airborne Infantry Combat Lifesaver School and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (“SINCGARS”), Combat Net Radio Training. After returning from Iraq, John was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment at the Joint Readiness Training Center, and became in the NCO in charge of terrorism/counterterrorism operations. Please ask us about military veteran discounts.
John C. Courtney, Esq. is an A-V Rated® Attorney, recognized locally by Nevada Business Magazine® (Legal Elite 2014) and Super Lawyers® (Mountain States Rising Star, 2015). As a Barrister, John recently served as the March 2016 Presentation Chairman for the Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court. John has a proven track record of founding successful enterprises in Nevada. When John was the founding president of the Kappa Alpha Chapter (UNLV) of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, it became the largest fraternity on UNLV’s campus. John was also the founding president of the Weiner Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (P.A.D.). Under John’s leadership, the William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV) chapter of P.A.D. became the largest private student organization in the history of the law school.
While engaging in countless hours of extracurricular activities, John graduated in the top 1% of his class (summa cum laude) in Departmental Honors Economics with minors in Business Law and Philosophy. Moreover, he graduated from law school as one of 18 to receive a Dean’s Award. In law school, John was also a member of the Society of Advocates, Saltman Center for Dispute Resolution, Boyd Negotiation Team, and was the American Bar Association Champion of the Boyd Client Counseling Competition. Also in law school, John worked as an extern in the Clark County Office of the Public Defender and the Eighth Judicial District Court.
After law school, John C. Courtney, Esq. was employed by John Peter Lee, Ltd., one of the oldest and well known law firms in Las Vegas. John Peter Lee, Esq., the principal, had been practicing in Las Vegas since the mid-1950s. John became the chief civil litigator of John Peter Lee, Ltd. for several years. While representing clients at John Peter Lee, Ltd., John handled cases from beginning to conclusion in the following areas: Business Litigation; Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation; Civil Rights; Contract Disputes; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Criminal Defense; Employment and Labor law; Family Law; Personal Injury; Unemployment Benefits (Unemployment Insurance Appeals & Judicial Review); Bad Faith Insurance Claims; Administrative Claims and Transactional; Trademarks; Real Estate and Property Law; Business Formation; Employee Benefits; Complex Litigation; Construction Law; Trademarks and Copyright; Intellectual Property Litigation; Water Rights; Mechanic’s Liens; DUI; and Federal and State Law Cases of many varieties. John regularly practices before most Nevada courts, including the Business Court. John has also been published by the Supreme Court of Nevada.
Prior to becoming an attorney, John worked in a variety of non-legal occupations, including work in construction, hospitality and management. John is also a combat veteran who served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas – B.A. Dept. Honors Economics, minors in Business Law and Philosophy, summa cum laude (Top 1% of Class) (2005); founding President of K.A. Chapter (UNLV) of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Nat’l. Undergraduate Advisory Committee Chair, Nat’l Slating Committee; Golden Key Honour Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Neon Stoa Philosophy Club; Published in Vagus Nerve, Vol. 1, UNLV Press (2003).
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law – Juris Doctorate, Dean’s Award (2008); founding President of Weiner Chapter (UNLV) Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International; Society of Advocates; Negotiation Team; Externship for Eighth Judicial District Court, Certificate of Appreciation; Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution; Externship at Clark County Office of the Public Defender; Volunteer at Clark County Legal Services (now known as Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada).
John C. Courtney was raised as the son of a career enlisted soldier in the United States Army, and a mother who would retire after working decades in an orphanage. In his early years, he attended many different schools, principally in places such as Washington, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, and Germany.
After high school, John worked in the following occupations, to name a few: roofer; concrete finisher and form framer; delivery driver; food & beverage service worker; United States Infantry Sergeant; construction sales, cost estimator, inspector; jobsite superintendent, project manager; nightclub manager; loss prevention specialist; and assistant private investigator.
John has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, longer than he has lived in any other place, and more than the next three longest tenures combined. John’s children were born in Las Vegas, Nevada. For John and his family, Las Vegas is home.
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