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Firm Overview

My firm focuses in representing employees in labor and employment disputes against their employer/former employer, including but not limited to, discrimination, wrongful termination, unemployment compensation and employee benefits. My firm also represents small businesses and a variety of business related matters, including but not limited to, incorporation and corporate compliance, drafting and reviewing documents, litigation matters and real estate matters.

My law firm was initially established in 1997 in Santa Ana, California. The firm was moved to Las Vegas, Nevada at the start of 2008 and although I am still licensed in California, my firm has more or less limited its practice to Nevada cases and clients.

Example cases

I recovered a six figure award for a client in a case involving age, race and national origin discrimination. I settled a case right before trial in a case involving gender/pregnancy discrimination for an amount in the six figures.

Main Office

Main
10726 Del Rudini Street
Las Vegas  NV  89141

Phone
  • (702) 586-2964
Fax
  • (702) 586-3023

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a free initial consultation over the telephone of a reasonable length.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I do have fixed-price services or fees upon request. I also offer a 10% discount on fixed-price services or fees or on my regular hourly for clients who mention Nolo.

Hourly Rates

$250.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose my primary area of practice, i.e., labor and employment law, or maybe it chose me, by accident. I signed up with the local bar association to receive referrals and most of the referrals I was getting were from employees who were having issues with their employers. I liked the area of law and found that not many attorneys practiced in the area and to become proficient in the area you needed to know the law backwards and forwards. This made me stand out from other attorneys that just took an occasional labor and employment case and thus were not really well-versed with the law in the area.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I feel that clients should educate themselves on legal issues. An informed client is a good client to work with. But a client should recognize their limitations. You can read the law all you want, but sometimes it takes the expertise of an attorney to handle a specific legal problem. For this reason I don't recommend clients represent themselves in court proceedings unless absolutely necessary.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I don't have a problem reviewing documents for a client providing they pay me my hour rate to do so. In addition, the finished product is their work, not mine, and for that reason I won't accept any of the legal or other consequences which may attach to the document.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

As set forth above, I don't recommend for clients to represent themselves in court proceedings unless absolutely necessary. Having said that, I recognize that because of financial considerations, sometimes that is the only option. If that is the case, I will help the client to the extent I can with the understanding of course, that I am not the attorney in the case.

Michael P. Balaban

I started out as an in-house counsel for a property management company. I reviewed and drafted mostly real estate related documents for the company. I also would handle unlawful detainer and rent collection cases directly for the company and would work with outside counsel on other cases.

I feel my experiences in life of not being afraid to "roll up my sleeves" and tackle a problem "head on" makes me a better lawyer. To succeed as a lawyer on behalf of a client, just as to succeed in life, you need to face the problem with all your energy and work towards a favorable outcome. If "roadblocks" are put in your by the opposing side, you need to deal with those roadblocks for the ultimate good of the client.

I feel my strengths are being prepared and this start with thoroughly preparing the case from start to finish. As for style, I feel passionate representation is needed but I don't think this means being overly aggressive. I take pride in being able to work with the opposing side's attorney and this is made difficult if either attorney is too aggressive in their style.

Personal interests:

My personal interests are golf and travel.

License
  • Bar Number: 9370
    Nevada , 2005
  • Bar Number: 170701
    California , 1994
Education
  • Western State University, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991
    Fullerton, CA
    Moot Court.
  • University of Texas
    Bachelor of Business Administration , 1982
    Austin, TX
  • Western State University, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991
    Fullerton, CA
    Moot Court.
  • University of Texas
    Bachelor of Business Administration , 1982
    Austin, TX

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