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Prior to founding VASEK LAW, Brian was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael P. Villani in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada. As a law clerk, he observed dozens of jury trials and managed thousands of civil and criminal cases. Brian has also personally handled thousands of criminal cases with the Clark County Public Defender, one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State of Nevada, and as both a private attorney and an alternate public attorney for the City of Henderson. During each of these opportunities, Brian has now represented persons charged with attempted murder, sexual assault, child abuse, drug trafficking, robbery, home invasion, burglary, theft, solicitation, possession of a controlled substance, battery domestic violence, and driving under the influence. From felonies to misdemeanors, Brian has always sought to provide each case the time, attention, and care it deserved to achieve the best result possible for each client. He 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 attended the Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Criminology. During his studies, he also provided inpatient cognitive and behavioral therapy for children suffering from abuse and neglect. Brian then attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated with the Dean’s Award and Pro Bono Honors for participating in the Community Service Committee, Partners in Pro Bono Program, Kids' Court School, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) Educational Surrogate Parent Program, and serving as the President of the Child Advocacy Law Association. Brian was also a Public Interest Fellow, member of the Nevada Law Journal, and received the Carl W. Tobias Exgence in Writing Award for his student publication. During law school, Brian further served as a law clerk for the Clark County Public Defender, Student-Attorney for the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and legislative extern during the 78th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature.

Brian is the proud recipient of MYVEGAS Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers, Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40, and Real Vegas Magazine’s Most Magnificent Men. While well-versed in criminal defense, Brian is also experienced in government affairs, public policy, and victim advocacy. At twenty-nine years old, Brian founded VASEK LAW in 2017 and now practices alongside his wife, Maryam, who joined the firm in 2020 after also serving as a judicial law clerk for a District Court judge for three years.

Education

WILLIAM S. BOYD SCHOOL OF LAW

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

Juris Doctor

Honors:

  • 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

Activities:

  • 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

Bar Admission

  • Nevada State Bar
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada
  • United States Immigration Court

Membership

  • Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (NACJ)

Awards

  • Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers, MYVEGAS Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers

Publication

Rethinking the Nevada Campus Protection Act: Future Challenges & Reaching a Legislative Compromise, 15 Nev. L.J. 389 (2015).

Five Things You Should Know About Starting Your Own Law Firm, Communiqué, The Official Publication of the Clark County Bar Association (January 2019).

Q&A

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 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 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.