Attorneys



JOHN E. LEACH | DAVID G. JOHNSON | EDWARD J. SONG | KIRBY C. GRUCHOW, JR.
SEAN L. ANDERSON | NICOLE GURALNY | RYAN W. REED
RYAN D. HASTINGS | DONNA A. ZANETTI | MICHAEL MCKELLEB

Paralegals


HEATHER L. KELLEY | MERLIN A. CALIMPONG | GWENN A. LEHRMAN

JOHN E. LEACH

John E. Leach, Esq. is an AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated shareholder with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Leach's practice area focuses on representation of common-interest communities, property management and development, and real estate. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Leach served on the Board of Directors for Community Association Institute of Southern Nevada, serving as president of the organization in 1995. Mr. Leach is currently serving another term on the Board of Directors (2006-2008). From 1996-2005 and commencing again in 2009. Mr. Leach served as a member of the organization's Legislative Action Committee and testified before the Assembly C and Senate regarding proposed legislation involving common-interest communities. In addition, Mr. Leach has been an instructor at the Community College of Southern Nevada in business law and constitutional law courses and currently teaches a course on Community Association Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Leach regularly speaks at seminars on the subject of NRS 116 (Uniform Common-Interest Ownership Act) and other association issues. Mr. Leach previously served on the North Las Vegas Citizen's Advisory Council. From 1999-2002 , 2007-2008 and currently, Mr. Leach serves as a co-host of the television show "Homeowner Talk," airing on KCLV, Cable Channel 2 in Las Vegas. The program offers free advice and information from guests who are experts in fields such as roofing, soils, indoor air quality, housing construction, laws governing homeowners associations and other subjects that interest homeowners.

Mr. Leach is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers. Mr. Leach is one of just over 150 attorneys in the United States to be inducted into the College.

Mr. Leach received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1985. Mr. Leach served on the Brigham Young University Law Review. Mr. Leach received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University in 1982.

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DAVID G. JOHNSON

David G. Johnson, Esq. is a shareholder with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Johnson's practice area focuses on representation of common-interest communities, property management and development, land use, real estate and numerous business organizations, and involvement with insurance organizations in Nevada and California. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Johnson served on the Board of Directors for Community Association Institute of Southern Nevada, serving as President of the organization in 1997. Mr. Johnson also served as a member of the organization's Legislative Action Committee. Mr. Johnson has been an instructor at the Community College of Southern Nevada in business law and constitutional law courses.

Mr. Johnson represents numerous common-interest communities throughout Southern Nevada. Mr. Johnson also serves as judge protem for the Henderson Municipal Court system. Mr. Johnson currently sits on the Board of Directors for a number of insurance companies in Nevada and California. In 2000, Mr. Johnson began one of the first worker's compensation based insurance companies in California and is now involved in management of five similar companies in California and Oregon. He presently serves as the president of the California Association of Self Insured Groups ("CASIG"), an Association of Self Insurance Group Administrators.

Mr. Johnson received his Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1990, and his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in 1987.

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EDWARD J. SONG

Edward J. Song, Esq. is a shareholder with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Song practices exclusively in the area of common-interest community association law, providing general corporate counsel and advice to community associations.

Mr. Song frequently lectures on topics relevant to common-interest communities and is certified, through the Nevada Division of Real Estate, to teach classes on community association law to community managers, association board members and homeowners. In addition, Mr. Song currently teaches a course on Construction Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Mr. Song's opinions regarding issues facing community associations have been solicited and featured in both the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Las Vegas Sun along with national media outlets, including the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Song received his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2000, and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1995.

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KIRBY C. GRUCHOW, JR.

Kirby C. Gruchow, Jr., Esq. is a shareholder with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Gruchow's practice areas include civil/commercial litigation, eminent domain, real estate, common-interest community law (including NRS Chapter 116 associations and NRS Chapter 119A timeshare associations), and creditor rights in bankruptcy. Mr. Gruchow has appeared before the Nevada Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County), U.S. Federal District Court, and U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, and represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Federal Bankruptcy Appellate Panel- Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Gruchow has served as eminent domain counsel for private property owners as well as condemning authorities, including currently serving as eminent domain counsel for Nevada Power Company, and having served as eminent domain counsel for the City of North Las Vegas for over 8 years and for the State of Nevada, on behalf of its Department of Transportation, for over 5 years. Mr. Gruchow regularly speaks at seminars on eminent domain issues. Mr. Gruchow has represented creditor rights in bankruptcy, including representation of common interest communities as well as institutional creditors in high profile bankruptcies involving debtors such as the Resort at Summerlin/Regent Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (now known as JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf), National Airlines, Mirant Corporation and American Home Mortgage.

Mr. Gruchow has represented numerous single family, commercial and timeshare common-interest communities as corporate counsel as well as litigation counsel in matters pending before the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Commission for Common-Interest Communities and hearing panels appointed by the Commission, including Administrative Law Judges, and mediators and arbitrators in the NRS Chapter 38 alternative dispute resolution process. Mr. Gruchow has represented numerous clients in various alternative dispute resolution venues and in administrative settings, including in administration matters before the EPA, the Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management and Nevada Petroleum Fund.

Mr. Gruchow received his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, with honors, in 1998, and his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from University of Northern Iowa, with honors, in 1995. Mr. Gruchow served on the Drake University Law Review.

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SEAN L. ANDERSON

Sean L. Anderson, Esq. is a partner with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Anderson's practice areas include civil/commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and common-interest community law. Mr. Anderson has represented clients in litigation matters in many courts in the State of Nevada and Washington, including the Supreme Court of Nevada, Eighth Judicial District Court, United States Court for the District of Nevada, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sean Anderson has achieved AV Martindale Hubble rating.

Mr. Anderson has also represented numerous clients in various alternative dispute resolution venues, including matters before the American Arbitration Association, the Nevada Real Estate Division, mediators and arbitrators in the NRS Chapter 38 alternative dispute resolution process, and the Commission for Common-Interest Communities and hearing panels appointed by the Commission, including Administrative Law Judges. Mr. Anderson also represents many single family and commercial common-interest communities as corporate counsel.

Mr. Anderson received his Juris Doctor from the Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1997, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in 1994.

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NICOLE GURALNY

Nicole Guralny, Esq. is an associate with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Ms. Guralny's practice areas include common interest community law, civil/commercial Litigation, real estate, professional responsibility of realtors, and premise liability. Ms. Guralny is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Clark County Bar Association. Ms. Guralny has represented common-interest communities as corporate counsel as well as litigation counsel in matters pending before the Eighth Judicial District Court, and mediators and arbitrators in the NRS Chapter 38 alternative dispute resolution process. Ms. Guralny has also represented real estate companies and other corporations in litigation before the Nevada Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District Court, and Second Judicial District Court.

Ms. Guralny was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Guralny and her family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she ran and operated her family's Gourmet Shop and Restaurant, while attending the University of New Mexico. After selling the business, Ms. Guralny finished her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Ms. Guralny received her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in political science and psychology in 1996. Ms. Guralny received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1999. While in law school, she took part in the elder law clinic, where she represented indigent clients in guardianship hearings and arbitrations.

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RYAN W. REED

Ryan W. Reed, Esq. is an associate with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Reed is licensed in Nevada and his practice areas include civil/commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and common-interest community law. Mr. Reed is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Clark County Bar Association.

Mr. Reed also clerked at several law offices in Utah and Texas, gaining valuable experience in civil matters, bankruptcy, immigration law and personal injury law.

Mr. Reed received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2009 and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in 2006. Mr. Reed served as a staff editor and comment editor on the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal.


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RYAN D. HASTINGS

Ryan D. Hastings, Esq. is an associate with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Mr. Hastings is licensed in Nevada and his practice areas include civil/commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and common-interest community law. Mr. Hastings is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Clark County Bar Association.

Before joining Leach Johnson, Mr. Hastings was the Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Douglas E. Smith at the Nevada State District Court. Mr. Hastings gained valuable experience in both civil and criminal matters during his time working in the courthouse.

Mr. Hastings received his Juris Doctor from William S. Boyd School of Law in 2011 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in 2006. While in law school, Mr. Hastings participated in the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution's Mediation Program and is a certified mediator.


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DONNA A. ZANETTI

Donna A. Zanetti, Esq. is an associate with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Ms. Zanetti is licensed in Nevada and her practice areas include community association law and real estate development. Ms. Zanetti is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Clark County Bar Association.

Ms. Zanetti is the author of several continuing education classes for common-interest community managers and is certified, through the Nevada Division of Real Estate, to teach classes on community association governance to community managers, association board members and homeowners. She facilitates long range planning for community associations, developer to homeowner leadership transitions, and best-practices development for management companies. She has consulted with several master plan community developers on the governing documents and organizational issues for common interest communities.

Ms. Zanetti has been certified by Community Associations Institute as a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) since 1998, and, prior to earning her law degree, by the State of Nevada as a Supervising Community Association Manager.

Ms. Zanetti received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2012 where she was a member of the Society of Advocates.


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MICHAEL MCKELLEB

Mr. McKelleb joined Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow as an associate in February 2013 . Prior to joining Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow, Mr. McKelleb’s practice focused primarily on real estate and secured transactions; including representing creditors and commercial entities in state and federal courts. Mr. McKelleb’s practice at Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow includes civil and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, and eminent domain.

Mr. McKelleb received his Juris Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2010. During law school Mr. McKelleb served as an extern in the Eighth Judicial District Court Business Court with the Honorable Kathleen Delaney and was inducted into the Society of Advocates. Upon graduation, Mr. McKelleb received a Dean’s Award, graduating cum laude.

In his spare time, Mr. McKelleb is an avid cyclist as time permits between attending his children’s many dance, guitar, band, and soccer events.

COURT AND BAR ADMISSIONS:
Nevada (2010)
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
U.S. Federal Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
State Bar of Nevada
American Bar Association
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
William S. Boyd Alumni Association

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HEATHER L. KELLEY

Heather L. Kelley is a paralegal with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Ms. Kelley has over 19 years experience in the following practice areas: civil/commercial litigation, eminent domain, real estate, common-interest community law, creditor rights in bankruptcy, corporate, healthcare, environmental, and family law. Ms. Kelley has assisted attorneys in numerous venues including the U.S. Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Nevada Supreme Court, Second Judicial District Court (Washoe County, Nevada), Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County, Nevada), U.S. Federal District Court (Nevada and Alabama), U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, Alabama District Court (Jefferson County, Alabama), District Attorney's Office (Canon City, Colorado), and Fourth Judicial District Court (EI Paso County, Colorado). Ms. Kelley has worked closely with attorneys representing clients, including City of North Las Vegas, State of Nevada on relation of its Department of Transportation, Tenet Healthcare Systems, and Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Ms. Kelley received her Paralegal Degree, with honors, from California Coast College in 1991.

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MERLIN A. CALIMPONG

Merlin A. Calimpong is a paralegal with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Since 1997, Ms. Calimpong worked closely with Mr. Leach in real estate matters, primarily focused on common-interest communities. Ms. Calimpong has also assisted partners and associates with the lien and foreclosure process, rule and regulation drafting and revision, updates on recent changes in the laws affecting common-interest communities, Nevada Real Estate Division Alternate/Dispute Resolution process, and litigation matters in The Nevada Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County) and Justice Courts.

Ms. Calimpong was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Calimpong relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996. Ms. Calimpong received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1998.

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GWENN A. LEHRMAN

Gwenn A. Lehrman is a paralegal with Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow. Ms. Lehrman began her legal career in construction defect litigation in tandem with assisting in general counsel work on behalf of homeowner associations in Nevada. During this time, Ms. Lehrman worked closely with homeowners, association managers, and participated in CAI events and functions. Continuing to diversify her portfolio, Ms. Lehrman subsequently worked for a prominent national home builder, providing the opportunity to initiate and maintain solid relationships with numerous common-interest community contacts.

Ms. Lehrman received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Education from Dowling College in 1992, and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2003.

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AMBER D. HERNANDEZ

Amber D. Hernandez is the Administrative Supervisor of Leach Johnson Song & Gruchow's homeowners association delinquent assessment accounts department.

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