Shirley Blazich

Personal:
Shirley Blazich is a long-time Nevadan whose practice areas include medical malpractice litigation (defense), employment discrimination litigation, transactional and contract matters, and general defense litigation including personal injury, business litigation, and breach of contract claims. In addition to litigated matters, Shirley has represented physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics, dentists, optometrists, and various other healthcare providers with Nevada State Medical Board and Nevada Nursing Board complaints, as well as with credentialing issues and Fair Hearings held by health maintenance and preferred provider organizations. She is also a Court appointed Arbitrator in Clark County.

In 2012, Shirley argued before the Nevada Supreme Court and helped to create new law on when the statute of limitations begins to run as a matter of law in medical malpractice lawsuits. See Winn v. Sunrise Hospital, et al, 277 P.3d 458 (2012)

Shirley assists clients in all areas of employment law including contracts, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims, and providing educational seminars to human resources departments to ensure compliance with applicable employment laws.

Shirley graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California in 1999 with a double major in Philosophy and Psychology, and received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, also in Los Angeles, in 2003. Having grown up in Las Vegas, Nevada, she returned home following graduation and took a position at our firm in 2003. In 2010, Shirley accepted a partnership with the firm.

Shirley has an “AV Preeminant” rating with Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in Mountain States SuperLawyers and SuperLawyers Business Edition.

Shirley speaks fluent Serbian/Croatian. A self-admitted “globe trotter,” she has visited 5 of the 7 continents and over 17 different European countries.

Education:
Loyola Marymount University (B.A.)
Loyola Law School (J.D.)

Bar and Court Admissions:
Nevada Supreme Court – 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada – 2004
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2016

Professional Associations:
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
The Risk Management Society (RIMS)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Nevada Self-Insured Association (NSIA)
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

Professional Recognition:
Listed in Mountain States SuperLawyers (2014 – 2018)
Listed in Business Edition SuperLawyers (2014 – 2016)
Rated “AV Preeminant” by Martindale-Hubbell

Special Distinctions and Achievements:
Byrne Trial Advocacy Team 2002-2003, National Trial Competition, Regional Champion

Presentations:

Avoiding Common Mistakes When Disciplining and/or Terminating Employees”, Employee Services Management Association General Meeting, June 2014
HIPPA Compliance, Patient Rights and Informed Consent”, St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Nurses Week, May 2015
Jury Voir Dire Selection”, National Business Institute, August 2015
Deposition Fundamentals”, Litigation Services, December 2016 and May, 2017
Chain of Command and Documentation Pitfalls”, St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Nurses Week, May 2017
From Documentation to Deposition”, St. Rose Dominican Hospital, October 2017
Catastrophic Consequences Following Spoliation of Evidence”, Las Vegas Insurance Professionals, November, 2017

Languages:
Serbian/Croatian