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Brett A. Carter

“No person should be above the law, and no person should be below the law.” Theodore Roosevelt said it, and Brett Carter lives it.

Brett A. Carter AttorneyFrom his earliest years, Brett saw the power of standing up against adversity in the struggle for justice. His father served in the Air Force as a Judge Advocate General. Because his family moved around so much, Brett was the perennial “new kid,” an automatic target for bullies. And so his favorite story is David vs. Goliath, where skill and faith can win against overwhelming odds.

Brett earned his degree in business administration from UNLV, and received his Juris Doctor from Willamette University School of Law. In 1996, he joined John Bertoldo in practice, and immediately devoted himself to the practice of personal injury and wrongful death. Those who have suffered traumatic spinal and head injuries, who have lost limbs, who have endured disfigurement, disability and chronic pain, have found their advocate in Brett.

Determined to help his clients to the best of his ability, he took his fascination with medicine and used it to learn about the best medical providers and treatments for each injury. He considers his drive and ability to outwork his opponents a necessary asset. And beyond all that, beyond the science and the law, he comes to know his clients as people—concerned, overwhelmed, frightened, hurting physically and financially, on a journey they didn’t choose—and comes to see them as family: “We’re in this together.”

This effort, this commitment to go the extra mile (and then some) led Brett to Ironman competitions and ultra-long distance mountain running. To Brett, nothing worth attainable comes without struggle. And nothing is more satisfying, life-affirming, and inspiring than hitting the finish line, especially when achieving justice with his clients and their families.

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  • State of Nevada


  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • President-Elect, Nevada Justice Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Nevada State Bar
  • All State Courts of Nevada
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and

Awards and Accolades

  • 2018 Mountain States Super Lawyer
  • 2018 Trial Lawyers Association Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Reader’s Choice Awards, 2017, Vegas Magazine
  • Legal Excellence Award, 2016, Vegas Legal Magazine
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, 2016
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Attorney Award 2015
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer, 2015, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Litigation Lawyer (Nevada 2015)
  • Best of the Best Top Attorney, 2013, Vegas Inc.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Highest Attorney Rating – AV Preeminent, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyer Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2011


“Protecting the integrity of the physician-patient privilege is, obviously, of utmost importance, in line with the necessity to preclude ex parte communication between treating physicians and other medical witnesses who will be testifying in their individual expert capacities. Otherwise minimizing or waiving such preclusions can undermine these inherent relationships.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Standing on the start line as the predawn light reveals shadows, it is too late to use the restroom once more, too late to second guess that small breakfast, and much too late to prepare for today. Whether 50 miles remain ahead in which to run through the cold, imposing mountains at 9,000 feet elevation, or whether it is seven days of stressful, sleepless nights for the Johnson versus Silver Casino, adrenalin rages and anxiety paces.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. TBI usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. Injury may include one or more of the following factors: Damage to brain cells may be limited to the area directly below the point of impact on the skull. A severe blow or jolt can cause multiple points of damage because the brain may move back and forth in the skull. A severe rotational or spinning jolt can cause the tearing of cellular structures.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“It is New Years Eve, and the young Anderson family traverses a crosswalk in the vibrant and transient city of Las Vegas. They are headed to grandmother’s house for a holiday celebration with loved ones. However, unbeknownst to mom, dad and the kids, an inattentive Uber driver operates his Prius while reading a potential passenger notification. Distracted; the vehicle carelessly and violently collides with dad and six year old Holly, causing fatal injuries to Holly and serious and debilitating injuries to dad with medical bills in excess of $500,000. Uber, a Transportation Network.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Just as attorneys are embracing presentation technology inside courtrooms, more attorneys are taking advantage of presentation technology — including video — for settlement and mediation. Over the past two decades, the settlement documentary has been honed by plaintiff’s attorneys working with production companies into an indispensible tool for pre-trial negotiation.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Bike riding or “cycling” is a fun, exciting and environmentally friendly pastime. Whether it’s a means of travel to and from work, a jaunt around the neighborhood by oneself or with the family, or a breakaway from the peloton, bicyclists and motor vehicles do not always pair well. Safety considerations are critical.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Minimizing or otherwise avoiding frivolous lawsuits was one intention of the legislature when passing the affidavit requirement portion of Nevada’s medical malpractice reform. Barnes, therefore, provides precedent on how Nevada weighs the rational basis and constitutionality of its laws. Indeed, the affidavit of merit requirement in Barnes could not even survive the lowest level of scrutiny — the ‘rational basis’ test.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“You come to learn that following the accident Jane made claims on behalf of the children to the Mississippi insurer, a national insurance company that also writes policies in Nevada. The insurer denied their claims based upon the policy’s Family Member Exclusion.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Serving as a limited waiver of sovereign immunity, the FTCA provides the exclusive remedy for recovery against the United States for common law torts committed by federal employees acting within the scope of their employment.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Lance Armstrong responded to a deposition question on whether he had ever used performance enhancing drugs by stating, “I have never doped. I can say it again, but I’ve said it for seven years.” The attorney taking the deposition almost believed him.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“According the Center for Diseases, preventable medical error was the third leading cause of death in the United States with over 440,000 people dying. Accidents were fifth with over 130,000. Medical errors undermine the integrity and reliability of our American medical health care system.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“It wasn’t until 2012 when we heard the term in Nevada, the mode of operations, a legal variation to the traditional approach to premises liability. Customarily, a business will only be held liable for a dangerous condition on its floor (e.g., foreign substance) caused by someone other than an employee when the business had actual or constructive notice of the condition and failed to remedy or warm of it.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“While each situation has its own variables, and there’s no right answer for everybody, one thing holds true: it takes two to tango (two to dance or two to get a deal done). Settlements can only occur when the wrongdoer or wrongdoer’s insurance agrees to pay an amount enough to resolve the case. What is the right amount? Should I take that offer?” Click the link below to continue reading…

“Julian Mantle was thought to have had it all, most ardently by his number one fan, himself. He was one of the most distinguished trial lawyers in the country—a tireless advocate. His clothes hung impeccably upon his well-fed frame. He commanded attention and exuded the utmost confidence.” Click the link below to continue reading…

“To some it may seem oxymoronic to question whether lawyers cheat. Actually, however, licensed lawyers must strictly follow ethical rules mandated by their State Bars, the licensing bodies that allow lawyers to practice law. Violate ethical rules and a license can be taken away.” Click the link below to continue reading…


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