Backus, Carranza & Burden

Backus, Carranza & Burden is a Law Firm in Las Vegas, Nevada

Civil Litigation, Construction, Corporate, Insurance, International Law, Professional Malpractice.

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The lawyers and legal staff at Backus, Carranza & Burden have major civil litigation experience extending over 35 years in the fields of construction, health care, real estate, business and others. We are reknown for our competence in handling complex legal matters. Our firm is rated by Martindale Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm with the highest rating of AV. Mr. Backus has achieved numerous distinctions, including being recognized as a Superlawyer for Nevada and the Mountain States and being inducted into the trial lawyer honorary society of Litigation Counsel of America. When you ask other lawyers of our reputation - which we invite you to do - you will most likely get very positive comments about us. We have been involved in handling some of the largest and most complex cases in the country. We have successfully represented very large international businesses and local Nevadans. We pride ourselves in our ability to represent our clients in tough cases.

In order to achieve a high level of success in negotiating, arbitrating or litigating a matter for one of our clients, we believe that it is of paramount importance to take the time necessary to not just meet with our clients, but to listen intently to what they have to say.

We pride ourselves in being called upon to educate our brother and sister lawyers locally, nationally and internationally. We have presented educational seminars to our clients, to industry participants and to the public. We have in house seminars to update and train our legal team. Most importantly, in every case, we strive to educate our client, since a well-informed client has the best advantage at getting a victory. Knowledge is Power!

Every case is different and will take a different path to resolution. We at Backus, Carranza & Burden believe that it is essential to plan out each case early on. We try to develop a critical analysis of what it will take both from a cost- and time-perspective to achieve a successful result for our clients. Providing our clients with a litigation plan and budget gives them the opportunity to make decisions during critical milestone stages in the representation to be better able to control their destiny.

This is what we believe in and these are the established long-term "firm values" at Backus, Carranza & Burden:

-Do fabulous work.

-Be known for innovativeness.

-Attract exciting people.

-Have a collegial, zany and laughter-filled environment.

-Be ethical.

-Be responsive to clients.

-Have exciting clients.

-Make a technology statement.

-Take risks.

-Take initiative.

-Spend energy on solutions, not on emotions.

-Shoot for total quality.

-Break with tradition.

-Experiment wisely.

-Try easier, not harder.

-Stay calm, cool and deliberate.


-Smile more.

-Have lots of fun.

-Love what you do.

Statement of Practice

Complex Litigation; Construction Law; Business Law; Corporate Law; Franchises; Limited Liability Company Law; Partnerships; Business Planning; Contracts; Business Litigation; Internet E-Commerce; Strategic Alliances; Joint Ventures; Disability Accommodation; Employee Contracts; Health Care; Insurance; Professional Malpractice; Employment Law; Indian Law; Family Law; Adoption Law; Child Custody; Child Support; Divorce; Domestic Violence; Visitation Rights; Indians and Native Populations; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Casinos and Gambling; Adult Guardianship; Guardianship Administration; Employer Rights; Employer Liability; Employment Contracts.

Year Established: 1997

Firm Size: 6

Languages: Spanish.

Firm Affiliations


Representative Clients:

American Management Corp.
Amland Development
Ardent Health Services
Associated Claims Enterprises, Inc.
AXA Corporate Solutions, Insurance Co.
AXA Global Risks U.S. Insurance
B.A.T. Industries, p.l.c.
Cambridge Integrated Services
Carnegie Agency
Casualty Indemnity Exchange
Centurion Management Service
Certified Commercial R.E. Inc.
Church Mutual Insurance Co.
Combined Resources, Inc.
Connecticut Specialty Insurance
Danek Medical, Inc.
Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas
E & O Professionals
Federated Insurance
Fireman's Fund
First State Management Group
General Casualty Insurance
Great American
Hertz Claim Management
Highlands Insurance Group
K & K Insurance Group
Kemper Insurance Co.
Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Las Vegas Sands, Inc.
Layne & Associates, Ltd.
Leo A. Daly Company
LES Laboratories Servier
Lotus Communications
Maryland Casualty
Media/Professional Insurance
Medtronic, Inc.
Morse Diesel International
MLB Enterpises, LLC
Montevista Hospital
National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company
Office Depot
Old Republic Title Insurance Co.
Palms Casino
Perini Building Co.
Pioneer Plumbing, Inc.
RBC Centura Bank
Reliance Insurance Co.
Reliant American Insurance
Reliant/State National Insurance Co.
Republic Western Insurance
Risk Enterprise Management
Riverstone Group
Shand Morahan & Company, Inc.
Taylor International Corp.
TIG Insurance Company
Traveler's Insurance Co.
Travelers Property Casualty
Triad Professional Adjustors of Nevada
United Ohio Insurance Company
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Venetian Casino Resort
Vesta Fire Insurance Co.
Ward North America
Westfield Eye Center
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Yellow Checker/Star Transit/Star LIM
Zurich U.S.

Rate Information

Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available


3050 South Durango Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89117-9186, (Clark Co.)


Phone: 702-872-5555
Facsimile: 702-872-5545


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Office Hours

Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Leland Eugene Backus (Managing Partner) born Winnemucca, Nevada, August 8, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, California; 1973, Nevada; 1979, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: College of Southern Utah and University of Nevada (B.S., 1969); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., Business, 1972). Member: Board of Judges, University of California at Los Angeles Moot Court Honors Program, 1970-1972; Order of Barristers. Author: "Service of Process," Nevada Civil Practice Manual, Chapter 7, 1985; "50 State Survey: The Restatement Sections Specifically Applicable to Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Cases in State Court." Chairman, Nevada Certified Court Reporters Board, 1992-1998. Co-Author, "Fifty State Survey of FDCA-Related Tort Causes of Action," Nevada Law Section, 2001. Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association; Mediator, Construction and Commercial Division. Master Emeritus, Nevada American Inns of Court. Member: Clark County and American (Member, Sections on Litigation and Public Contracts; Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Member, Construction Management, Design/Build and Related Concepts Division) Bar Associations; State Bar of Nevada (Member: Disciplinary Board, 1979-1987); State Bar of California; Defense Research Institute (Advocate); Nevada Federation of Defense Counsel; Nevada Law Foundation (Board of Trustees, 1985-1997; Chairman, 1986-1987); Eagle International Associates, Inc. (Director, 1999—); Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; American Health Lawyers Association. Practice Areas: Construction Law; Health Law; Complex Litigation; Travel and Tourism; Products Liability; Insurance Bad Faith.Email: Leland Eugene Backus

Edgar Carranza (Vice-President) admitted to bar, 1996, Nevada and U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; 2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Government and Latin American Studies, 1990); Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D., 1994). Recipient, Super Lawyer designation for Mountain States (2014); Super Lawyers - Rising Star for Mountain States (2009). 2014- "Best Lawyers in America" for the Employment Law- Management. Member: Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Las Vegas Graduate (2010). Associate Member, Nevada Tavern Owners Association. Member: American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Employment Law; Litigation); Defense Research Institute (Member, Sections on: Employment; Food Liability); International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); State Bar of Nevada (Member, Employment Law Section); Clark County Bar Association; Latino Bar Association (Founding Member; Vice President, Finance, 2001-2007; Executive Board, 2001—); Hispanic National Bar Association. Reported Cases: Schonbachler v. Karol Western Corp., Slip Copy, 2010 WL 3583012 (D. Nev. September 7, 2010) (granting summary judgment in favor of employer on claims of age discrimination under the federal ADEA and Nevada statutory equivalent and dismissing individual defendants from personal liability in this employment discrimination lawsuit); Sanchez v. Walgreen Co., et al., 125 Nev. Advance Opinion 60 (December 24, 2009) (affirming summary judgment for Walgreen Co. and the other pharmacy defendants holding that pharmacists do not owe a duty to unknown third parties in wrongful death action); Simkins v. NevadCare, Inc., 229 F.3d 729 (9th Cir. 2000) (successfully reversing the trial court's granting of summary judgment and entering summary judgment on behalf of Simkins in ERISA related matter); Moses v. Danek Medical, Inc., et. al., 1998 WL 1041279 (D. Nev. 1998) (successfully excluding expert in Orthopedic Bone Screw Litigation matter- MDL 1014); Suzy Kendal v. GES Exposition Services, Inc., 174 F.R.D. 684 (D. Nev. 1997) (successfully prevailing on motion to compel discovery from opposing party in sexual discrimination case). Languages: English and Spanish. Practice Areas: Employment Law(20%); Commercial Litigation(20%); Professional Liability(20%); Mass Torts(20%); Insurance Defense(20%).Email: Edgar Carranza

Jack P. Burden (Shareholder) admitted to bar, 1999, Nevada and U.S. District Court, District of Nevada; 2003, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Nevada (B.A., 1993); Texas Southern University (J.D., 1998). Pro Bono, Clark County Legal Services. Member: Clark County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Nevada; Defense Research Institute (Member, Committees on: Young Lawyers; Trial Tactics). Practice Areas: Insurance Defense; Premise Liability; General Liability; Professional Liability Defense; Commercial Litigation; Products Liability; Construction Defect.Email: Jack P. Burden

Shea A. Backus (Associate) born Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Nevada. Education: University of California, San Diego (B.S., Honors, 1998); Arizona State University (J.D., 2003). Recipient, Dean's Award, University of California, San Diego. William Pedrick Scholar. Highest Grade, Indian Gaming and Environmental Law, Arizona State University. Member: Clark County, Native American, American and Federal (Member, Indian Section) Bar Associations; Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. Practice Areas: Litigation; Construction Law; Legal Malpractice; Family Law; Indians and Native Populations.Email: Shea A. Backus


Tess Emily Johnson (Associate) admitted to bar, 2014, Nevada; 2015, California; 2016, Arizona. Education: Vassar College (B.A., 2010); William S. Boyd School of Law (J.D., 2014). Backus Carranza & Burden.

Jeremy R. Robins (Associate) admitted to bar, 2009, Nevada. Education: William S. Boyd School of Law (J.D.).

Average Client Review Rating

5.0 out of 5

Average Peer Review Rating

4.9 out of 5

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