Brett J. Schwartz and Michael T. Nixon Join Messner Reeves LLP

LAS VEGAS, NV (APRIL 17, 2017) – Messner Reeves LLP is pleased to announce Brett J. Schwartz and Michael T. Nixon join our Las Vegas office as members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Brett J. Schwartz - Brett was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He graduated with his B.A. from the University of Georgia, and he received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he was the recipient of a merit scholarship and named to the Dean's list in five semesters. At Mercer, Brett completed the Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, & Drafting. Upon graduation, he was selected for induction into the Brainerd Currie Honor Society for outstanding academic achievements and service to the law school community.
A member of the Mercer Law Review, Brett was elected Articles Editor, Winter 2014 Volume 65, Number 2. Brett was also selected as a member of the Mercer Habeas Project. The Mercer Habeas Project is a small team of third-year law students who work on pro se post-conviction appeals. As a member, Brett worked on appeals before the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and on a petition for writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States.

As a law student, Brett clerked at Cozen O'Connor, in the Atlanta office, working closely with attorneys specializing in complex commercial litigation, subrogation and recovery, insurance coverage, and the defense of products liability, toxic tort, and construction cases. In addition, Brett clerked at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook, and Brickman, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, assisting in Class Actions, Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices, and Products and Premises Liability cases.

Upon completing law school Brett moved to the Las Vegas area to begin his career as an associate practicing civil litigation.

Michael T. Nixon -  Michael Thomas Nixon began his pursuit of a legal career in high school, where he competed on Brookwood High School's Debate Team as well as the inaugural Mock Trial team, serving as captain and leading the team to the regional competition. During this time, Michael also represented Brookwood's soccer, football, and track & field teams. Thereafter, Michael attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University, majoring in Justice Studies while completing a minor in Philosophy. While at GSU, Michael was a founding member of the local pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, one of the most prominent legal fraternities in the world, serving on the executive board in almost every capacity, as well as serving on the executive board of Alpha Tau Omega. Michael was a HOPE scholar and was honored by being named to the Dean's List.

After graduation from Georgia Southern, Michael delayed pursuit of his long-awaited legal career and worked in industrial supply and sales for well over a year before enrolling at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. There, Michael was again honored by being named to the Dean's List, earning a position on the Mercer Law Review, and competing on multiple Moot Court teams at national competitions. While completing his studies, Michael interned for Bibb County Superior Court Judge Philip Brown, worked part time at the law library for two years, and during his third year, worked as a law clerk for Adams & Jordan, P.C., a sophisticated law firm specializing in complex litigation, including medical malpractice and civil rights claims, in addition to municipal defense. Michael again served on the executive board of Phi Alpha Delta, while participating in several other student organizations. Michael also completed Mercer University's Legal Writing Certificate Program, and was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence by receiving the highest honors in Advanced Legal Writing. Michael also received the highest grade awarded in Appellate Practice & Procedure during his final semester at Walter F. George School of Law.

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