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John S. Delikanakis

John S. Delikanakis

Partner| Las Vegas


John Delikanakis is a partner with Snell & Wilmer’s commercial litigation group in Las Vegas, Nevada. A former associate general counsel for a Fortune 500 company, his experience ranges from counseling senior management on day-to-day operational issues to litigating both simple and complex cases at the district court and appellate levels. John’s recent practice is concentrated on real estate disputes, business dissolutions, contracts for the sale of goods and commercial guaranty matters in the district and appellate courts. He also counsels clients on e-discovery and data retention issues. Historically, John’s experience includes representing companies in shareholder derivative litigation and defending manufacturers in multi-district products liability cases. John holds an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. He also serves on Snell & Wilmer’s E-Discovery Committee and Litigation Training Committee.

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1995)
    • President, Moot Court Honor Society
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (A.B., 1985)
    • Co-Captain Vassar Men's Crew
  • Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • Clark County Bar Association, Board of Governors (2003-2006)
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Gaming Lawyers
  • Nevada Supreme Court's Recent Decision Addressing Confidentiality of Public Employee Retirement System Records and Requests Under Nevada's Public Records, Appearance on Ralston Reports (at 18:46), Las Vegas Channel 3 (November 19, 2013)
  • Representing Your Client in Federal Court: Recent ABA Opinions, Conflicts of Interest, Appropriate Client Communications, Confidentiality and Metadata, Presenter, National Business Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 15, 2013)
  • Delaware Forum Decision Good for Companies and Shareholders, Too, Today’s General Counsel (October/November 2013)
  • Discovery in a World With Electronic Discovery: Cases at the Intersection of Electronic Discovery and Various Public Records Acts, Law Seminars International, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 9, 2013)
  • What’s the Deal with Deal Litigation in Nevada?, Presenter, Las Vegas Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel (2012)
  • Avoiding the Deadly Sins of E-Discovery, Presenter and Co-Host, Nevada State Bar CLE (April 7, 2011)
  • It's a Slow, Painful Cure for Las Vegas' Commercial Real Estate Market, Author, In Business Las Vegas (October 22, 2010)
  • The Enforcement of Gambling Debt - A Brief Overview, Lecturer, University of Nevada, Boyd School of Law (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Legal Strategies for a 'Down' Real Estate Market: Failed Real Estate Projects, Supply Chain Disruption and Breached Commercial Leases, Presenter, Las Vegas Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel (2009)
  • SOX, The ABA Model Rules & the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct: Legal and Ethical Duties of Nevada Lawyers, Presenter, Las Vegas Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel (2007)
  • How to Hire & Fire, Author, Nevada Chapter, Multilaw & Kluwer, London (2005)
  • New Standards for Professionals Under Sarbanes-Oxley, Presenter, National Hospitality Law Conference, Hilton School of Hotel Management, University of Houston (2004)

          Reported Cases

  • George L. Brown Insurance Agency v. Star Insurance Company, 237 P.2d 92 (Nev. Sup. Ct. 2010)
  • Anvui, LLC, A Nevada Limited Liability Company v. G.L., LLC, A Nevada Limited Liability Company, Supreme Court of the State Nevada (July 26, 2007)
  • Palace REIT v. Betty Engelstad, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (April 14, 2005)
  • Sandie Knutson and Dennis Knutson v. Allis-Chalmers, United States District Court for the District of Nevada (February 23, 2005)
  • Antonio Badillo, et al., v. The American Tobacco Company, United States District Court for the District of Nevada (June 29, 2001)
  • Sabine Young v. County of Clark, United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (September 24, 1998)
  • Ciaffone v. Eighth Judicial District Court of State of Nevada, Supreme Court of Nevada (October 1, 1997)
  • Michael J. Padgett v. William O'Sullivan, et al., United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (September 15, 1995)
  • Future Star-Nevada Ranking, Benchmark Litigation (2013)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2012-2014)
  • Legal Elite - Top 100 Southern Nevada Attorneys, Nevada Business Magazine (2011)
  • Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Board of Directors
  • The Modern Contemporary Art Museum, Advisory Board, Las Vegas (2014-present)
  • The Salvation Army, Executive Committee, Advisory Board, Las Vegas (2001-2010)
  • Beverly Green Neighborhood Association, President (2001-2003), Vice President (2004-2010)
  • Park Place Entertainment Corporation, Associate General Counsel
  • Nebraska Supreme Court, Judicial Clerk