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Sterling Law Attorneys - Beau Sterling
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Beau Sterling
Attorney at Law

Practice Area:  Appellate Practice
Certified Appellate Specialist
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
Phone: 702-583-3333


Beau Sterling, a certified appellate specialist, is the managing member of Sterling Law LLC, the appellate practice law firm he founded in 2006. 

He is a former law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and an experienced Nevada appellate attorney with over 15 years of full-time appellate experience.  He has actively participated in some of the largest and most complex appeals in the state and has an established record of success in state and federal courts at all levels, including the Nevada Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has written hundreds of briefs and personally argued over 30 cases before the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court and Nevada Supreme Court. 

Mr. Sterling focuses his practice on appeals, writs, stays, and post-trial motions.  He has also been brought in as co-counsel in complex and large-exposure cases to prepare and preserve issues for later appeal.  His appeals cover a wide range of legal issues, but he has been particularly active in the areas of class-action construction defect litigation (NRS Chapter 40–Constructional Defects), homeowner association disputes (NRS Chapter 116–Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act) and evolving areas of tort law.

Mr. Sterling is a regular speaker and writer on appellate-related topics, is a founding member of the Appellate Practice section of the Nevada Bar Association, and has served as a member and chair of the Nevada Lawyer magazine editorial board (official publication of the state bar of Nevada) and as Editor of the State Bar of Nevada's Nevada Appellate Practice Manual.  He is  listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers under Appellate Practice (2000 – 2015).


 Representative Cases

 Oral Arguments

  Nevada Supreme Court

  • Williams v. Mallard (2015)
  • Villegas v. State of Nevada (2014)
  • Las Vegas Land Partners v. Nype (2013)
  • Foster v. Costco Wholesale Corp. (2012)
  • Rinker Materials West, LLC v. O'Connor (2011)
  • Lytle v. Rosemere Estates Property Owners Association (2011)
  • Economic Opportunity Board of Clark County v. Schlack (2011)
  • Sparks v. Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (2010)
  • Tsai v. Hsu (2010)
  • Posas v. Horton (2009) (en banc)
  • Rusk v. Coronado South (2008)
  • Turner v. Mandalay Sports Entertainment (2007)
  • Boulder Oaks Community Association v. B&J Enterprises (2007)
  • Clemmons v. Darnold (2006)
  • Mason v. Cuisenaire (2005) (en banc)
  • Yee v. Sunrise Hospital (2004)

  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Lindner v. Evenflo Company, Inc. (2014)
  • USA v. Stacy Johnson (2013)
  • USA v. Rodriguez-Aparicio (2012)    
  • USA v. Fitch (2011)
  • Usanga v. Holder (2011)
  • Keenan v. Toys "R" Us, Inc. (2010)
  • Ward v. Stewart (2010) 
  • USA v. Weicks (2009)
  • USA v. Popa (2009)
  • USA v. Jones (2009) 
  • USA v. Valentine (2009)
  • USA v. Stain (2008)
  • Kimani v. Gonzales (2007)
  • USA v. Gonzalez-Corporan (2007)
  • USA v. Cole (2006)
  • USA v. Winters (2006)

  Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

  • PMR Development v. Azra Investments (2006) 
Honors and Awards
  • Medal of Justice (State Bar of Nevada, 2012)
  • Pro Bono Service Award (Nevada Supreme Court, 2011)
  • Pro Bono Project “50 Hours Club” (Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2005)
Professional Affiliations

  State Bar of Nevada

  • Nevada Lawyer Publications Committee/Editorial Board (2001-13, Chair 2007-09)
  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2010-2013)
  • Appellate Litigation Section (Co-Founder, Executive Board Member 2012-2013) 

  United States District Court, District of Nevada

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney - Appellate/Habeas Panel (2007-present)
  • Lawyer Representative (2008-11)
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit LRCC (Nevada Delegation Co-Chair, 2010-11)
  • Ad Hoc Pro Se Committee (Co-Chair)

  Eighth Judicial District Court

  • Indigent Defense Panel - Appeals and Habeas (Death Penalty Qualified)

  Clark County Bar Association

  • Member - Pro Bono Commendation (2005)

  American Bar Association

  • Member, Committee on Appellate Practice of the Section of Litigation
  • Member, Committee on Appellate Litigation of the Section of Business Law

  Nevada Supreme Court

  • Judicial Law Clerk (1996, 1997-98)
  • Judicial Extern (1993)

  National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981

  • Member (2009 - present)

  National Shooting Sports Foundation

  • Press Member (2011 - present)

Community/Civic Involvement 
  United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Project

  • Pro Bono Panel Attorney (6 appeals to date)

  Clark County Pro Bono Project

  • Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney (4 appeals to date)

  Nevada Department of Wildlife

  • Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor (15 years)


Speaking Engagements 
  State Bar of Nevada

  • CLE Appellate Panel Presentation (San Diego, California):  Zero-to-Hero Appeal Strategies (2012)
  • Annual Meeting CLE Workshop (Kauai, Hawaii):  Appellate Practice (2011)
  • CLE Seminars (Las Vegas and Reno):  Changes to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure (2009)
  • Annual Meeting CLE Workshop (Lake Tahoe, Nevada): New Appellate Rules (2009)

  National Business Institute 

  • Seminar Lecturer: Advanced Legal Drafting (2004)
  • Seminar Lecturer: Post-Trial Motions (2002)

J.D., with distinction, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (1995)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1990)

Bar Admissions
State Bar of Nevada (1998)
State Bar of California (1997)
United States Supreme Court (2000)
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1999)
United States District Court, District of Nevada (1998)
United States District Court, Central District of California (1997)

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