Melissa Ingleby          

John Skalak   

I have practiced as an insurance law and general liability defense attorney since 1991. My primary focus has been insurance coverage analysis and opinions, and civil liability defense litigation. I also have represented clients in areas of gaming law, commercial law, professional liability, creditors rights, hospitality law and secured transactions.

Published case law:
[Seneca Ins. Co. v. Strange Land, Inc.], 862 F.3d 835 (9th Cir. July 5, 2017);

[Alamo Rent-A-Car v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.], 114 Nev. 154, 953 P.2d 1074 (1998); [Perelman v. I.N.S.], 1998 U.S. App. Lexis 17225 (9th Cir. 1998);

[Martin v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.], 960 F. Supp. 233 (D. Nev. 1997);

[State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Otto], 106 F.3d 279 (9th Cir. 1997);

[Hetter v. District Court], 110 Nev. 513, 874 P.2d 762 (1994) (author of briefs for Appellant, Gregory Hetter; argued before Supreme Court by Niels L. Pearson. Esq.).

Margaret G. Foley is a civil litigation attorney in Las Vegas, whose practice is focused on commercial and consumer litigation, insurance defense, employment law, and administrative law.  Ms. Foley practices in Nevada and California, with an emphasis on federal court practice.  She holds a Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating and was named a Super Lawyer Mountain States Rising Star in the area of government, municipalities and cities in 2011.  Foley is also a fair hearing officer for the Clark County Department of Family Services.

She is a Board Member for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society and former chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee in 2016.   Foley served as law clerk to Circuit Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Justice Miriam Shearing of the Nevada Supreme Court.  She received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989 and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1999.

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Attorney at Law

April 2017 - Present

Attorney, Of Counsel
July 2015 -  April 2017 ( I year  l 0 months)

Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
2001 -  July 2015 (14 years 7 months)

May 1990 -  August 2001 (11 years 4 months)

Hired upon graduating law school, having worked as law clerk for firm the prior summer. Promoted to Partner after first four years


University of Utah
Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law, 1991

University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Bachelor's Degree, Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management, 1978

Melissa Ingleby focuses her practice in the areas of real estate litigation, commercial, insurance defense litigation primarily consisting of premises liability matters, and personal injury. In the area of commercial litigation, Melissa has handled highly sophisticated matters involving transactional law and professional liability.

Melissa has litigated cases before Nevada state and federal courts. Her varied background provides her with the ability to quickly analyze legal and factual issues, identify strategies that will advance the client's position, and properly position matters for trial and appeal.

In order to achieve a client’s goals, Melissa will often engage in early assessment and negotiations to resolve disputes.  If an early resolution is not possible, Melissa is also an aggressive adversary with an established record of success. 

Melissa prides herself on her responsiveness, the thoroughness and quality of her work product, and her ability to provide clients with highly personalized service.

Real Estate
Premises Liability
Professional Liability
Personal Injury


U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2011
Jacksonville State University, M.S., 2002
Berry College, B.S., 2000

Areas of Focus
Real Estate

Prior to joining the Law Office of Vernon Nelson, Melissa worked for the firm that argued the landmark case SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 75, 334 P.3d 402 (Sept. 18, 2014). As such, Melissa has extensive experience representing purchasers who bid on properties at homeowners’ association foreclosure auctions in quiet title and declaratory relief claims against lenders, and knowledge of issues related to NRS Chapter 116. 


Throughout her career, Melissa has handled numerous commercial disputes, including breach of contract actions and injunctive matters, and she has litigated matters involving various businesses. She has formed corporations and LLC entities in Nevada. Melissa has litigated a range of business matters involving contracts, and collections.

Professional Liability

Melissa has advised and defended a wide of variety of professionals, including real estate professionals and design professionals.

Premises Liability

Melissa handles claims through carefully conceived resolution plans designed to end in outcomes that adhere to prescribed guidelines. She understands that clients prefer quick and cost-effective solutions to complex and potentially protracted liability cases. She does her best to accelerate turnaround through procedural dismissals, substantive dismissals, successful tenders and negotiated settlements.

Personal Injury

Before pursuing her career in the law, Melissa was a personal injury paralegal in Las Vegas, where she gained a unique perspective of the law.  As an attorney, she has handled several motor vehicle accidents matters.