Malani L. Kotchka

Direct Dial: 702-383-8892
Fax: 702-383-8845

Practice Emphasis

Employment and Labor Law

Professional Experience

Malani L. Kotchka is a shareholder in the Litigation Department. She has represented employers for 35 years in all aspects of labor and employment law. She was a partner/shareholder with the labor and employment law firm of Smith & Kotchka from 1982-2007. 

From 1979-1982 Ms. Kotchka was an associate at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where she litigated before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies, in federal and state courts, and represented management in union organizing campaigns, union contract negotiations, arbitrations and strike injunctions. At Smith & Kotchka, she represented both public and private sector employers. During her legal career she has represented employers before the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Department of Labor, the Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Nevada OSHA. 

Ms. Kotchka has also developed a strong practice in employment advice in safety and industrial insurance compensation matters before Nevada hearing officers, appeals officers, regulatory agencies, the OSHA Review Board and before the courts, where she represents only employers. She has represented employers in class and collective wage and hour litigation and employment discrimination and sexual harassment litigation.

Since 2007, Ms. Kotchka has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Nevada Super Lawyers and Mountain States Super Lawyers for Labor and Employment Law.  She was selected to the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2010.  She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2012, Ms. Kotchka was elected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Ms. Kotchka has been named a 2014 Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation.

Reported Cases

Kaplan v. City of North Las Vegas, 323 F.3d 1226 (9th Cir. 2003)

Bonilla v. Las Vegas Cigar Company, 61 F. Supp. 2d 1129 (D. Nev. 1999)

Harris v. Rio Hotel & Casino, Inc., 25 P.3d 206 (Nev. 2001)

Nevada Power Company v. Haggerty, 989 P.2d 870 (Nev. 1999)

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Member, Clark County Bar Association

Member, State Bar of Nevada

Member, State Bar of Arizona

Member, American Bar Association

Nevada Member, Wage & Hour Defense Institute, Litigation Counsel of America,         

Trial Lawyer Honorary Society


University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D. 1977

Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review

Wright State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1974

University of Cincinnati, B.A., with High Honors in Political Science, summa cum laude, 1974

Bar/Court Admissions

State Bar of Arizona (inactive), 1977

Court of Appeals of the Navajo Nation, 1977

State Bar of Nevada, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1982

U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Lionel Sawyer & Collins