Cheryl Wilson - Senior Counsel

Cheryl Wilson is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office.  She is a trial attorney primarily focused on civil defense of claims asserting negligence, product liability, professional liability, and business torts. She has been practicing in Nevada since 2002.

On behalf of a local gym sued in Clark County, Nevada, Ms. Wilson won a motion to dismiss on a claim for bilateral knee injuries due to plaintiff’s failure to state a valid theory of liability after making a pre-suit $1.25 million-dollar demand. While on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, the case settled for $12,500.00.  On behalf of a casino in Clark County, Ms. Wilson obtained a defense verdict on a claim for loss of smell after walking into the glass exit door that rejected Plaintiff’s claim for $67,500.00 in damages.  On behalf of an RV dealership in Washoe County, Ms. Wilson won summary judgment on a tort and contract subrogation claim by an insurance carrier for a fire loss.  While the motion was pending, counsel for plaintiff offered to settle for 50% of the damages, which was rejected.

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Michigan State University and Michigan State University College of Law. She is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association; the Nevada State Bar Association; and the Clark County Bar Association.

Ms. Wilson spends her time away from the office with her family or traveling.  She also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for a non-profit and with local community organizations.

Recent Posts

Does Government Suspension of Onsite Dining Trigger Business Interruption Loss Coverage

It depends. Even though the world may be in crisis, a written contract continues to provide a certain measure of stability. In Nevada, restaurants ceased on-site dining due to a quarantine mandate in March 2020 and restaurants continue to limit the number of guests to this day. Hundreds of businesses suddenly could no longer serve guests in Las Vegas. While it hurt those businesses, a recent decision by U.S. District Court clearly shows, even in a pandemic, the policy language of a contract controls what is covered, and courts will not bend the language due to COVID-19.

Temporary Light-Duty in Nevada and Why the Fire Department Captain is Working as a Secretary

No one wants an injury while working to earn a living, including the “boss.”  The boss has a certain stature within a particular work environment and, even after injury, may expect to maintain their stature during recovery.  However, under Nevada law, industrial insurance will equalize the status of an injured employee. Once an employee is able to resume light-duty work, the employer does not guarantee the same or even a similar replacement job. “Light duty work’” does…

So You Bought a Home From a Public Auction. What Are Your Next Steps?

If a person buys Nevada property at a mortgage or tax sale, what can the purchaser do to protect the real property from unknown claimants? The cleanest way is to bring a lawsuit to “quiet” title to the property and legally extinguish all other claims. To do so, a landowner must be sure the ownership does not implicate Nevada’s statute of limitations on seisin. “Seisin” is an old common law property term referring to the status of possessing physical and legal title…

Nevada Coverage: Intangible Noneconomic Loss vs. Tangible Physical Loss

On July 18, 1994, the Las Vegas Hilton marquee sign collapsed to the ground.  It was once billed as the world’s tallest sign and cost more than $4,000,000.00. Litigation followed its collapse, exploring the issues of coverage and summary judgment.

Nuclear Verdicts and the Emotions of the Jury

A fair and balanced jury trial is the ultimate human expression of the law.  It is a kaleidoscope of working parts of people, documents, and things.  Witnesses paint pictures with answers to questions drafted by skillful attorneys.  Attorneys design questions to impact the jury on an emotional level.  Each question matters.  Each answer counts.  A lawyer’s countenance is important.  The manner of questioning is structured.  Both sides must meaningfully…

Nevada and the 2015 Adoption of California’s 1984 Law Regarding Insurer Conflicts of Interest

Generally speaking, Nevada court cases do not tend to make national headlines of legal or general interest publications.  However, in 2015, the American Bar Association reported when the Nevada Supreme Court certified a question from the Federal District Court and adopted the requirement an insurer pay for independent counsel of the insured’s choosing when a conflict of interest arises. This was significant because California had been…

The Nevada Division of Insurance and Power to Suspend Policy Exclusions for Pandemic-Related Coverage

The Nevada Division of Insurance can create law and determine when the law has been violated. The Division of Insurance has original jurisdiction to hear matters when a party seeks to force a carrier to comply with the insurance code. (Allstate Ins. Co. v. Thorpe (Nev. 2007) 123 Nev. 565; see also NRS § 686A.015 [stating “the Commissioner has exclusive jurisdiction in regulating the subject of trade practices in the business of insurance in this state.”]). NRS 679B.301(1) authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to hold hearings for any purpose under…

Defamation and Las Vegas: Can Convention Gossip Support a Lawsuit?

Las Vegas, Nevada is an exciting town.  Even today, when the pandemic has kept most Americans from traveling around the country, Las Vegas continues to attract people from outside of Nevada for gaming, music, food and outdoor desert activities. Visitors to Las Vegas, as of July 2020, totaled 11,170,700 which is a 55% decline from the 24,825,500 visitors during the same period of 2019.

Nevada’s Limitations on Attorney Fees and the “Substantial Benefit Doctrine”

Let’s say you own common stock in a Nevada corporation.  The corporation then amends its articles of incorporation to change its capital structure and change the amount of common stock and create blank check preferred stock. The corporation failed to comply with majority vote requirement for amendments.  You then demand corrective action or you would sue.  In response, the corporation conceded error and rescinded their actions.  You then sue the corporation for $250,000 in attorney fees because due to your demand and…

When Property Damage in Nevada is Not Covered Under the Policy Terms

The identification and selection of necessary insurance coverages requires thought and consideration of an unforeseen future.  If a business does not have the correct insurance coverage, it could find itself facing a substantial uncovered loss.

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