LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR - Mid-Size Firm  ALM's Daily Report   2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2014
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D. Lee Roberts Jr.


Lee Roberts' trial practice focuses in the areas of construction litigation, tort litigation and contract litigation, including the defense of claims arising out of product liability and negligence. Lee has litigated hundreds of cases in 37 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


University of Virginia, B.A., 1983
Echols Scholar

College of William and Mary Law School, J.D., 1986

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Representative Experience

Served as lead counsel for renowned Las Vegas casino and resort in the longest civil jury trial in Nevada history; defended against thousands of individual claims. Jury verdict was $58 million less than final pre-trial demand. Defense verdict on construction manager's claims for delay damages, extended home office overhead and punitive damages.

Served as lead counsel for internationally acclaimed circus troupe following a catastrophic injury resulting from alleged product liability at Las Vegas venue; five-week jury trial resulted in favorable settlement after closing arguments of $18 million less than final pre-trial demand.

Extensive arbitration experience, including limiting a construction manager to less than $7 million on more than $34 million in claims.

Settled $20 million trade contractor claim after start of trial for less than two percent of claim.

Recovery of $3.3 million on $4 million in affirmative claims on Denver Tenth Circuit Courthouse historic renovation.

Obtained policy limits of over $2 million in professional negligence lawsuit against architect and consulting engineers.

Obtained $300,000 settlement of matter in Court of Federal Claims case in which the federal government sought $9 million in reprocurement costs and liquidated damages following termination for default.

Defense verdict in fatal electrocution case.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2010-2019, Litigation - Construction

Best Lawyers® 2018 & 2013 Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year" in Las Vegas

Best Lawyers® 2019 - Commercial Litigation

Super Lawyers Magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers List, Construction Litigation (2017-2019)

Nevada Business Magazine, Legal Elite Southern Nevada (2016)

Intercontinental Finance Magazine, Leading Lawyer 500, Construction Law (2014)

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013)

Lawyer Monthly, Construction Lawyer of the Year - USA (2013)

Who's Who Legal, Construction (2012)

Corporate Counsel Top Lawyer (2011)

Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers List, Construction Litigation (2007)

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry; Bid Protest Committee; Sections on Public Contract Law and Litigation, 1985-present

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate

Nevada Law Foundation, Colleague and Board of Trustees

News & Publications

D. Lee Roberts, Scott R. Lachman, Timothy A.Mott, ACA's Impact on 'Most Likely' Cost of Future Care, Law360 (February 2, 2017),

Events & Speaking Engagements

Lecturer, Nevada Construction Law, Sterling Educational Services, May 2006.

Panelist, "ADR in Construction Litigation," American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Las Vegas, NV, November 2005.

Frequent speaker at other educational seminars, including past seminars sponsored by: Network of Trial Lawyers, Association of General Contractors, National Society of Professional Estimators, American Institute of Constructors, Auburn University School of Engineering, North Carolina State University and the Virginia Bar Association.