George M. Ranalli

George Ranalli
George Ranalli is the senior partner of Ranalli Zaniel Fowler & Moran, LLC. George represents clients in first party, third party bodily injury litigation and also handles bad faith lawsuits as well as negligent security, fire loss, property, and trucking cases. George has developed the firm's excellent trial reputation and uses the latest in courtroom technology while presenting his cases in front of juries. In fact, George readily accepts cases from client's on the eve of trial, and has had an active role in more than 50 trials, and has participated in over 500 arbitrations and mediations. George has been ranked with an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is also honored to be selected as a Judge Pro Tem for Nevada's Mandatory Short Trial Program.

Judge George RanalliGeorge is admitted to practice in Georgia, Nevada and the District Court of Nevada. George is a former Navy JAG and served oversees in his capacity as a JAG Officer after graduating law school.

George graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science and decided to attend law school versus going to medical school. Prior to attending BYU, George played baseball during his first year of college at Central Arizona Community College as a first baseman. Upon graduating from BYU, George graduated from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia and joined the Navy. While at Mercer, George graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was a member of the school's Moot Court Team and served on Law Review.

Since leaving the US Navy, George moved to Las Vegas in 1994 and commenced his career in Nevada. In 1998, George opened his own law firm which has grown significantly over the years, becoming one of Nevada's most respected trial law firms.

In his spare time, George enjoys UFC, softball and weightlifting. George also enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Nicole and Brianna, and his mother.

George M. Ranalli can be reached at gmranalli@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

David M. Zaniel

David M. Zaniel
David M. Zaniel is a managing partner of the northern Nevada office of Ranalli Zaniel Fowler & Moran, LLC. David represents litigants in first party and third-party bodily injury claims, auto property losses, common carrier litigation, declaratory judgment actions, insurance fraud, and commercial and residential property losses. He also handles general liability claims and representation of insurers and their insureds in cases involving acts of negligence and other tort claims. David also represents clients in family law. David has conducted over 30 jury trials, 375+ arbitrations, numerous mediations and settlement conferences and has presided over cases as a court-appointed arbitrator in both Washoe County and Clark County. David is admitted to practice in Nevada and Tennessee. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for Nevada.

David graduated from University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in criminal justice. Additionally, David has a master's degree in public administration from UNLV. After graduating UNLV and while pursuing his master's degree, David worked as a probation and parole officer for the State of Nevada.

After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies, David attended McGeorge School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. During his time at McGeorge, David interned for the Clark County District Attorney Office and civil law firms. After law school, David began his civil legal career with partner George Ranalli where they have been together for over 11 years. In 2004, David moved to Reno, Nevada to open and manage the northern Nevada office.

David is married to Kelli Zaniel for 10 years and they have three daughters, Savanna, Samantha and Scarlett. David also has a son, Jonathan who is currently living and working in Las Vegas. David enjoys golf, tennis and traveling.

David M. Zaniel can be reached at dzaniel@ranallilaw.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Jason Fowler

Jason Fowler
Jason Fowler is a managing partner of the Henderson office of Ranalli Zaniel Fowler & Moran, LLC. Jason Fowler was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois but has called Nevada home for over 30 years now. He joined the firm of Ranalli Zaniel Fowler & Moran, LLC in 2009 and practices primarily in insurance defense of personal injury cases arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability. He graduated cum laude from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas with a combined degree in History/Political Science and a minor in Biblical Studies in 1999. While completing his undergraduate study he completed a one semester internship with Nevada's delegation to the United States Senate. After graduation he returned home to Las Vegas, to join the second class at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. By externing for then Judge, now Nevada Supreme Court Justice Douglas, and taking other summer coursework, Jason completed his Juris Doctorate degree in two and a half years and began working as a law clerk for a small labor law firm in town. Upon passing the bar on his first attempt in 2002 he moved into construction defect defense work, a field he still enjoys when work presents, as well as into medical malpractice defense work. In his free time, Jason enjoys family life and being active in his church and his children's pursuits with 4-H.

Jason Fowler can be reached at jfowler@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Ernest MP Moran

Ernest MP Moran
Ernest MP Moran is a managing partner of the Phoenix office of RANALLI & ZANIEL, LLC. Ernest represents litigants in first party and third-party bodily injury claims, auto property losses, common carrier litigation, declaratory judgment actions, insurance fraud, and commercial and residential property losses. He also handles general liability claims and representation of insurers and their insured in cases involving family law, contractual claims, acts of negligence and other tort claims. He has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating cases as well as second-chairing a number of multi-week personal injury trials with firm founder George M. Ranalli. Ernest is admitted to practice in Nevada, including the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Ernest graduated from St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake Michigan with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in biological science and minoring in natural science. During his studies at St. Mary's he was recognized by the science department for his achievements as a student in the sciences both his Junior and Senior years, including his being named the Science Department's Student of the Year at the school's annual awards ceremony. While attending St. Mary's he also volunteered at a local hospital and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Ernest worked in mortgage banking as well as the hospitality industry before resuming his education at the Michigan State University College of Law. While a student of MSU Law, Ernest worked in the legal field as a law clerk for a general practice law firm in Michigan as well as a family law firm in Nevada. Prior to graduating from MSU Law, Ernest was admitted for the limited practice of law by the Supreme Court of Nevada while he was a summer law clerk. After graduating, Ernest clerked for Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division Judge Cynthia Dianne Steel. He also worked for firms specializing in family law and general litigation before joining RANALLI & ZANIEL in April of 2009.

Ernest MP Moran can be reached at emoran@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Erin Plunkett

Erin Plunkett
Erin Plunkett was born in Sun Valley, California and raised in Portland, Oregon. After a career in accounting at US Bank, she attended Portland State University where she was inducted into the National Honors Society. During her undergraduate course work, Ms. Plunkett advocated for victims with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office as a Rape Victim Advocate and published a monthly newsletter for the Portland, Oregon chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.

Upon graduation, she moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota and attended William Mitchell College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude. During law school, she interned for the Major Crimes division of the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC.

Ms. Plunkett moved to the Las Vegas valley in 2008 and passed the Nevada bar on her first attempt while working for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Since that time, she has practiced civil defense litigation and Special Investigative Unit cases for the Law Offices of Douglas Johnson and Law Offices of Gary Sinkeldam. She joined Ranalli Zaniel Fowler & Moran in 2017.

During her free time, Ms. Plunkett enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, and baking.

Erin Plunkett can be reached at eplunkett@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

John W. Kirk

John W. Kirk
John William Kirk was born near the frontier of Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He spent the first 18 years of his life in rural South Texas. Growing up in a rural Texas town he was exposed to a lot of American common sense. He also worked in a number of varied jobs such as fry cook, insulation installer, construction and oil field casing crews. John has incorporated that common sense and diverse experience into his practice of law and his trial presentation.

After graduating high school, John enlisted in the United States Air Force where he used his musical skills to play bassoon in the 541st Air Force Band of the Southwest. He was honorably discharged in 1979.

John served a mission for his church in the Bogata Colombia mission. While in Colombia, South America, he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He can also read Spanish.

Between 1983 and 1986 he would spend three years in the United States Army as an airborne infantry paratrooper. He earned jump wings and an expert infantry badge during his time in the army. During this time he learned to face many physical and mental challenges which have made him a stronger person and a better advocate for his clients. No challenge is too big.

Upon leaving the military for the second time John pursued his higher education. In 1989 John graduated from the University of Utah (cum laude) with a degree in political science and a second degree in Spanish. He also received a Certificate of International Relations. John was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society.

In 1992 he obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Utah –College of Law. He was admitted to the Nevada bar that same year.

After 20 years of serving the legal needs of Nevada's citizens, John Kirk joined Ranalli and Zaniel in August of 2013 as an associate attorney. Over the course of his twenty year career John has practiced primarily in general liability civil litigation defending the interests of insured's who have been sued. John has defended automobile accidents, trucking accidents, slip and fall, dog bites and assault cases. John also practiced in the area of medical malpractice for approximately two years defending the interests of doctors and dentist who had been sued. In addition to these areas he has also represented injured workers in worker compensation claims and done some Plaintiff personal injury work. John has acted as the first chair attorney in a number of civil jury trials as well as one criminal jury trial with excellent results. He has also participated in a significant number of arbitrations and mediations.

John is admitted to practice in Utah state courts, Nevada state courts, Nevada Federal Courts, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.

John W. Kirk can be reached at jkirk@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Kimberly Beal

Kimberly Beal
A transplant from the mountains of western North Carolina, Kimberly Beal has made Las Vegas her home, both personally and professionally. Upon graduating Valedictorian of her high school class, she attended the University of Georgia on scholarship earning a double major in Statistics and Psychology.

Thereafter, Kimberly received her JD from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. As a member of the Mercer Law Review, Kimberly authored a law review article, which was hand-selected as one of only two student Comments for publication. Throughout law school, she was the recipient of numerous awards, earning the highest honors (CALI awards) in legal writing/research, evidence, civil procedure and statutory law. She graduated top 5% of her class and earned a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting as part of Mercer’s top ranked legal writing program.

Upon graduating law school, Kimberly was scouted by Ranalli, Zaniel, Fowler & Moran. She practices in the areas of personal injury defense, premises liability, and complex tort litigation and has worked on cases involving brain/spinal cord injuries, dog bites, slip and falls, and public transport accidents. Her accomplishments include bringing numerous successful dispositive motions on behalf of her clients.

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys reading fiction, hiking, and long-distance running.

Kimberly Beal can be reached at kbeal@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

James F. Holtz

James F. Holtz
James F. Holtz focuses on trial and appellate work in complex business and corporate litigation. Mr. Holtz has a wide client base ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses and individuals. He has successfully handled cases involving business and contractual disputes, real estate and environmental liability, trademark and copyright infringement, employment discrimination, ADA, product liability, personal injury, medical and pharmacist malpractice and class actions. He has tried wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, and has a specialized knowledge of medical and pharmacology issues.

James Holtz has handled insurance coverage litigation for 30 years. He is an expert in all varieties of insurance and insurance broker disputes. The firm has handled a wide variety of coverage disputes including commercial liability, environmental liability, director and officer liability, professional liability and personal lines such as auto and homeowners insurance. Many lawyers refer their coverage matters to Mr. Holtz because of his success and reputation in this specialized area. He also is an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law, where he has taught insurance law and litigation since 2001.

Martindale Hubbell has rated Mr. Holtz AV Preeminent since 1996. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer for the years 2008 through 2018. He also has been listed for 20 years as a Top Rated Lawyer published by The American Lawyer Magazine. Both selections are for “Business Litigation.” The organization of Law & Politics performs the polling, research and selection of Super Lawyers in a process designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive and diverse guide to outstanding attorneys, representing a wide range of practice areas. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state or region are named Super Lawyers.

Top Rated Lawyers is published by The American Lawyer and developed in partnership with Martindale Hubbell. It is based on Martindale’s AV Preeminent ratings, the highest possible review rating in "Legal Ability and Ethical Standards."

Mr. Holtz’s efforts for corporate clients resulted in the firm having been selected as a “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” for its legal advice in Tort Litigation by American Lawyer Media, publishers of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The Law Journal Press and The National Law Journal. General Counsel of the nation’s top 500 companies were surveyed regarding their preferred primary outside counsel in key practice areas.

Mr. Holtz is also a published author of numerous articles appearing in both legal and industry publications including the Pacific Law Journal and the Insurance Journal.

Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1980

In Nevada, Mr. Holtz is Of Counsel to the firm of Ranalli, Zaniel, Fowler & Moran LLC.

Bar Admissions:

  • Admitted to practice in California and United States District Court for the District of California – Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Admitted to practice in Nevada, and United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Honors/Affiliations:

  • Member, San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Super Lawyers 2008-2018
  • Top Rated Lawyers Business Litigation
  • AV Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell in both California and Nevada
  • Adjunct Professor, California Western School of Law
  • San Diego Magazine’s "Top Lawyers"
  • "Best Lawyers in America" 2016-2018
  • VEGAS INC’S Top Lawyers
  • Selected as Top 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States by National Association of Distinguished Counsel

James F. Holtz can be reached at jholtz@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Glen J Harper

Glen J. Harper
Glen has substantial ties to the Las Vegas area and community. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from UNLV in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. After graduating from UNLV, he attended Florida Coastal School of Law. Glen both graduated from law school and became a member of the Nevada Bar in 2012.

Glen moved back to Las Vegas to practice as an attorney and take care of his family in 2012. Since practicing as an attorney, Glen has had the opportunity to become experienced in a variety of legal fields. Despite being exposes to many areas of law, he primarily focused on his practice in the fields of personal injury and insurance defense over the course of his career.

Due to having experience on both sides of a personal injury case, Glen is adept at evaluating the value, liability, and exposure in a case. Glen is passionate about providing effective representation in a lawsuit and providing the best defense for his clients.

Glen J. Harper can be reached at gharper@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes
Stephanie grew up in Prince William County Virginia, and often traveled to Richmond Virginia to visit family. She began her early career working in television, where she worked many years covering politics as an executive producer for PBS.

In 2006, Stephanie attended Portland State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in criminology and criminal justice. After college, she worked as the first intern ever accepted with Ann Arbor’s Chief Justice for the 15th District Court. While there, Stephanie gained invaluable experience working in specialized courts focusing on problem-solving models.

In 2011, Stephanie moved to Las Vegas to attend law school at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. In law school, Stephanie concentrated her studies on the nature of conflict and how to resolve it. She became President of the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, directing law students to scholarly research, coursework, lectures, conferences, and workshops pertaining to conflict resolution.

Shortly after graduating law school, Stephanie began working for Ranalli, Zaniel, Fowler, & Moran. She practices in special investigative unit cases, personal injury defense, premises liability, complex tort litigation, and has worked on cases that included fraud, brain/spinal cord injuries, slip and falls, and public transport accidents.

Stephanie also has experience teaching Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Persuasion and Argument, and coaching an award-winning mock trial team.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, traveling, and playing with her French bulldogs.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at shayes@ranallilawyers.com, or by calling (702) 477-7774.

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