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