VASEK LAW is a criminal defense law firm in the State of Nevada that defends clients and their constitutional rights. VASEK LAW seeks to provide diligent, compassionate, and personalized representation for persons charged with a criminal offense in areas such as Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.
Attorney Brian Vasek has helped clients from throughout the United States and the world resolve their criminal cases in the State of Nevada. Prior to founding VASEK LAW, Brian handled hundreds of cases with the Clark County Public Defender and one of the largest criminal defense firms in the state. During that time, Brian personally resolved cases such as robbery, burglary, theft, child abuse, driving under the influence (DUI), battery domestic violence, solicitation, and the possession of a controlled substance. Brian sought to provide each case the time, attention, and care it deserved to achieve the best result possible for each client.
Brian founded VASEK LAW to provide this client-centered focus to a smaller group of persons facing the most serious of consequences personally and professionally. Brian will also help clients with civil and family matters on a case-by-case basis, so he encourages all persons seeking help to call him. If Brian cannot personally help you, he will find someone that can. Brian encourages new and existing clients to call him day or night. At its core, VASEK LAW is a small firm with big firm and public service experience, which is why Brian provides his personal cell phone to all clients and will respond to all questions as quickly as possible.
If reading this and charged with a criminal offense, you may feel lost, scared, hopeless, or that your life is over. You are not alone and deserve an attorney that will provide the time, attention, and care necessary to achieve the best result possible for you.
Prior to founding VASEK LAW, Brian Vasek was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael P. Villani in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada. Brian also handled hundreds of cases with the Clark County Public Defender and one of the largest criminal defense firms in the state. During that time, Brian personally resolved cases such as robbery, burglary, theft, child abuse, driving under the influence (DUI), battery domestic violence, solicitation, and possession of a controlled substance. Brian sought to provide each case the time, attention, and care it deserved to achieve the best result possible for each client. Brian founded VASEK LAW to provide this client-centered focus to a smaller group of persons facing the most serious of consequences personally and professionally.
Brian graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Pro Bono Honors and the Dean’s Award for his participation in the Community Service Committee, Partners in Pro Bono Program, Kids’ Court School, the LACSN Educational Surrogate Parent Program, and as President of the Child Advocacy Law Association. Brian was also a Public Interest Fellow and member of the Nevada Law Journal. Brian received the Carl W. Tobias Excellence in Writing Award for his student note and publication. During law school, Brian served as a law clerk for the Clark County Public Defender, a Student-Attorney for the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and as a legislative extern during the 78th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature.
Prior to law school, Brian graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Psychology and Criminology. During his time at Ohio State, Brian also provided inpatient cognitive and behavioral therapy for children suffering from abuse and neglect.
WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
• Dean's Award
• Pro Bono Honors
• Carl W. Tobias Excellence in Writing Award
• Public Interest Fellowship
• Academic Scholarship
• President of the Child Advocacy Law Association
• Kids' Court School Outstanding Student
• Juvenile Justice Clinic
• Nevada Law Journal
• Partners in Pro Bono Program
• Student Ambassador
• Community Service Committee
• LACSN Educational Surrogate Parent Program
• Upward Bound Mock Trial Program
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Criminology & Psychology
Nevada State Bar
United States District Court, District of Nevada
Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ)
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Top 10 Under 40
Rethinking the Nevada Campus Protection Act: Future Challenges & Reaching a Legislative Compromise, 15 Nev. L.J. 389 (2015).
Why do you practice criminal law?
I attended law school to become a Judge Advocate General with the United States Marine Corps. I started my application for Officer Candidates School but was forced to withdraw after I tore a muscle in my shoulder. I joined the Clark County Public Defender as a law clerk the following summer and discovered a new mission protecting those accused of a crime. I spent the next two years defending those accused of a crime, including children, and also lobbying for criminal justice reform in the Nevada Legislature. After my judicial clerkship with the Honorable Michael P. Villani, it felt natural to practice criminal defense and protect the Constitution.
Why practice in Nevada?
After completing my Bachelor of Arts at the Ohio State University, I traveled throughout the United States to explore a love for photography. During my travels, I always enjoyed my trips to Las Vegas, the transient and colorful community, and the abundance of state and national parks. Months later, I chose to attend law school and my first choice was the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Rejecting law school admissions throughout the United States, I settled in Las Vegas to attend a young law school with a brilliant faculty and great resources in the local community. Nevada quickly became my home.
What does the attorney-client relationship mean to you?
As an attorney, my job as an advocate is to explore equitable and legal arguments for my clients. However, I take my role as a counselor very seriously and immediately begin educating clients about their constitutional rights and the possible outcomes for their case. I waste no time and like to establish realistic expectations. Most clients feel overwhelmed after an arrest, so I use my experience in the courtroom to dispel the uncertainty of what may or may not occur and how the case may unfold. I take my role as both an advocate and counselor very seriously.
What makes you different from other attorneys?
I invest the time, attention, and care into every case to achieve the best result possible for the client. I take a personal interest in the outcome of each case and the satisfaction of each client. I do not pass my cases to a junior attorney or an outside or contract attorney. The most frequent complaint by clients about their attorneys is poor communication, which is why my clients have my personal cell phone at their disposal day and night. I respond personally to all client communication and answer calls on a first name basis. After a court appearance, if the client's presence was not required, I personally call, text, or email each client with any developments. I seek to resolve my cases in a timely fashion, although if circumstances prolong a favorable result, I settle in for the long haul and refuse to let the case languish.
What is your favorite type of case?
Battery domestic violence. As an attorney for one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State of Nevada, I handled nearly seventy-five percent of all battery domestic violence cases at the firm. These cases were difficult to negotiate due to the prosecuting attorney's statutory inability to dismiss the case under most circumstances. I noticed that many attorneys did not give these cases the time and attention to negotiate a favorable outcome before trial. I also noticed that the police often conducted a hurried or incomplete investigation, which frequently left me representing—in my professional opinion—the wrong person. With emotions high, the wrong person accused, and an incomplete investigation, I took the representation of battery domestic violence cases very seriously. I sought to provide the absolute best defense for these clients and obtain a favorable outcome for each one. Although exhausting, battery domestic violence cases remain my favorite because of the enormous collateral consequences that my clients and I must avoid together.
Is there one case you will always remember?
As a Student-Attorney for the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, I represented a young girl in Juvenile Court accused of battery domestic violence. While a simple case on paper, trouble at school and home were the true source of her delinquency. Working with various therapists in Clark County, I obtained individual and family therapy for her and developed an Individual Educational Program to address her academic shortcomings. This case will always remind me of the individualized and holistic approach I take with each case to ensure that my clients do not reoffend. All joking aside, I do not hope for "repeat business" as a criminal defense attorney. I fight for my clients to have an opportunity at long-term success so they can avoid future entanglements with the law.
How do you prepare for a difficult case?
If I suspect that a case may go the distance, I work with my client to prepare for trial on day one. I immerse myself in the discovery and then sit down with my client to investigate every angle to advocate for a possible resolution, exploring both equitable and legal arguments. I personally meet with all witnesses, known and unknown to the prosecuting attorney, and prepare my client for direct examination and to withstand cross-examination by the prosecuting attorney.
What advice do you frequently give your clients?
Relax. It's understandable to be stressed or anxious. I am available—day or night—to talk about your concerns and will do my best to achieve a favorable outcome for you.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The satisfaction of my client. A friend once stated that people attend law school for one of three reasons: (1) the money, (2) the knowledge, or (3) the client. For me, this job is about the client. This job is about service. It's about the handshake. The hug. The sigh of relief. It's knowing that there is nothing more I could do to earn my clients' trust and respect. I love my job.