Victoria Hightower is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. Her practice includes general liability and personal injury litigation.
Ms. Hightower has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in Nevada state courts and in federal district courts. Ms. Hightower has practiced in the areas of insurance defense, business litigation, mortgage banking, and real estate law. Ms. Hightower has successfully argued appellate matters before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. She also served as Assistant Bar Counsel, in which she investigated and prosecuted instances of attorney misconduct. She first chaired five trials concerning attorney misconduct.
Ms. Hightower obtained her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2007, where she was an Advocate on the Barrister’s Council, Appellate Advocacy Division and placed as a semi- finalist in the William E. Leahy Moot Court Competition. She was also a member of the first place team in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, Mid-Atlantic Division. She obtained her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003, where she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society.
In her free time, Ms. Hightower enjoys playing softball and participating in obstacle races. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and oil painting.
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