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-Mary Oliver, Long Life

Courtney Miller O'Mara

Courtney is a director in our Reno office, and her practice focuses on business litigation, creditors’ rights  and bankruptcy litigation, and trusts and estates matters, including planning, administration, and litigation

In recent years, her practice has included substantial litigation involving rights under commercial loans, both inside and outside of bankruptcy. She has also worked extensively on litigation matters involving contract and business disputes.

Courtney approaches each case like a puzzle; while some are more complex than others, it is the challenge of solving the puzzle that intrigues her. She takes a practical approach to the law, and carefully outlines options and obligations to her clients.

Courtney is experienced in helping clients navigate civil discovery, including depositions and expert issues. She has helped obtain many favorable results for her clients, including millions of dollars in judgments, dismissal of claims through dispositive motions, favorable settlements and other victories.

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys gardening, running, the beauty of Lake Tahoe and spending time with her family.


  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • Judicial Clerkship, Honorable Robert A. McQuaid, Jr., United States Magistrate for the District of Nevada
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Justice Michael Nott, California Court of Appeal, 2nd District
  • Production Editor, The Southern California Review of Law and Women's Rights

Areas of Practice

We offer a wide range of experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and prevention.

We have one of the largest and active Southwestern bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal practices.

We have one of the largest trusts and estates legal practices in the Southwest. We will work closely with you to protect your assets.


  • Commercial Contingency Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Private Client and Wealth Preservation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Litigation

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2018-2019
  • "Legal Elite," Nevada Business Magazine, 2011-2019
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2010, 2015-2019
  • Twenty Under 40, Reno Tahoe Young Professional Network/Reno Gazette Journal, 2015
  • Nevada Women's Fund Woman of Achievement, 2013

Articles And Presentations

  • Speaker, "Forms of Administration and When They Are Used," "First Steps and Notices, Executor Duties, Opening the Estate," "Marshalling the Assets," "Estate and Trust Contests, Disputes, Challenges," Estate Administration Bootcamp, National Business Institute Seminar, August 5-6, 2019
  • Speaker, “Probate and Trust Essentials for Realtors,” June 13, 2019
  • Speaker, “What Every Realtor Should Know About Probate,” May 23, 2019
  • Speaker, “What Every Realtor Should Know About Probate Trusts & Powers of Attorney,” April 4-5, 2019
  • Speaker, "Levitate Probate: What Every Nevada Realtor Should Know About Probate," Master Class, August 7, 2018
  • Interview, "Lawyers in Love," The Good Life, July 2018
  • Author, "Document Preservation Obligations When Litigation is on the Horizon," Northern Nevada Law Journal, November 6, 2017
  • Speaker, "Maintaining the Estate and Preparing Assets for Distribution," "Beneficiary Distributions, Final Account and Closing of the Estate," National Business Institute Seminar, September 12, 2017
  • Interview, "Grow Nevada Team Radio," KFOY (Reno, Nevada), October 14, 2015
  • Author, "The Challenges of an Estate Trustee," Northern Nevada Business Weekly, May 18, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Tips for Nevada Practitioners, Handling ‘Personal Information" in Electronic Discovery," Nevada Lawyer, December 2014


  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association
  • Member, Probate Bar Association of Washoe County
  • Member, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Probate Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Board Member, Development Committee, Nevada Discovery Museum
  • Secretary and Member of the Board of Trustees, Casa de Vida, 2013-2017
  • Co-President, Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association, 2013-2015
  • Member, Local Rules Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, 2015
  • Graduate, Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Reno-Sparks program, 2010
  • Member, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter, American Inns of Court, Associate, 2006-2008, 2010; Barrister, 2011-2014
  • Social Chair, Young Lawyers Section, State Bar of Nevada, 2007-2010
  • Notre Dame Club of Northern Nevada, President, 2007-2010; Service Chair, 2006-2007


  • Nevada
  • California (inactive)



Let Courtney help you BEET your legal problems.