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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

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.

Policy Exclusions and Coverage

Other than hiring a lawyer, retaining an insurance broker is one of the most critical aspects of  business development in order to protect the investment.  However, due to the numerous options for insurance coverage and the various exclusions of perils, it is necessary to read each and every word of any insurance policy.  Perhaps, even retain an attorney to review the policy terms  so there are no misunderstandings.

The Las Vegas Strip Closed and So is My Business. Is the Pandemic a Covered Loss?

As any lawyer would respond:  It depends. There are numerous coverage options a business owner has to explore in order to prepare for the uncertainties of the future. In an entertainment town like Las Vegas, a business owner should consider event cancellation and contingent or supply disruption policies in a comprehensive insurance coverage package. However, the issue of…

Can a Notice of Cancellation be Set Aside by the Court?

As most insurance companies understand, Nevada will impose its own regulations and literally re-write an insurance policy so that it complies with its own statutory requirements. One of the areas where Nevada strictly interferes is in relation to when and how an insurance company can cancel an insurance policy.

Can a Carrier Pull Coverage if the Short-term Lessee Won’t Cooperate After a Loss With a Rental Car?

The short answer is no. Each month Las Vegas, Nevada swells with visitors who rent cars and tool around the desert.  More than 3.4 million people visited Las Vegas in September, 2019. The Las Vegas airport reported airport rental car revenue of $28 million dollars for the month of September, 2019. I am not sure how many actual vehicles that number represents, but it is clearly a large number.

Nevada Supreme Court Reminds Nevada to Stop Fighting with Arbitration Agreements

The Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision on September 5, 2019 which basically reminded all readers, “per its last email”, Nevada cannot treat arbitration agreements any differently than other contracts.  This article discusses the rulings from that decision.

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