William L. Coulthard
William L. Coulthard
Named one of the Best Lawyers for Commercial, Construction, Land Use & Zoning, and Real Estate Litigation by US News, Mr. Coulthard has tried more than a dozen complex cases to judgment or verdict and has successfully achieved numerous multi‑million dollar settlements for the benefit of his clients. Bill Coulthard's practice embraces commercial, business, and real estate litigation. Bill has been named a Top Lawyer in Litigation by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel beginning in 2009 and recognized in 2014 as a Top Attorney in the Mountain States in Business Litigation. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2012-2014 in Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and Construction Litigation. Bill served as co‑lead trial counsel in the In re: Kitec Fitting Litigation, the largest construction defect class action case ever prosecuted in the State of Nevada, and was instrumental in obtaining nearly $300 million in verdicts and settlements for the 32,000 Nevada homeowner class members.
A recipient of Martindale‑Hubbell's preeminent AV rating since 2005 for the highest competency and ethical standards, Bill has represented professional athletes including prize fighters Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire and Jose Luis Castillo, in litigation and before the Nevada Athletic Commission. Licensed to practice law in both Nevada and Idaho, Mr. Coulthard has also represented and litigated against some of Nevada's largest contractors and national builders, and he has developed a strong reputation as a leading attorney in business litigation and large‑scale class actions. Mr. Coulthard has litigated numerous inverse condemnation cases and successfully prosecuted pre-condemnation damages cases against local municipalities. Mr. Coulthard's recent published opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court established important pre-condemnation damage claim precedent. 130 Nev. Advanced Opinion 81. Community‑minded Bill also heads up the Firm's pro bono program, encouraging his associates and colleagues to give back to the Las Vegas community by providing the highest quality of free legal services through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
Admired and respected by clients and his colleagues, native Las Vegan Bill is a devoted husband, father, and avid outdoorsman who also dedicates his time to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of Nevada. Bill is a 1990 graduate of the California Western School of Law, obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis, and has served on the State Bar of Nevada's Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Bill is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Nevada Justice Association. He is admitted in Nevada and Idaho State and Federal Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.