John E. Bragonje

John E. Bragonje

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702.474.2625 office
702.216.6173 fax
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89169

John Bragonje is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. His practice has particular emphasis on complex corporate business litigation, arbitration, and mediation—including the representation of individual and corporate clients in the areas of commercial, construction, real estate, and fiduciary litigation.

John routinely represents persons involved in real estate transactions and construction, including lenders, owners, private equity firms, landlords, tenants, developers, title insurers, contractors, and materials suppliers. He has litigated all manner of construction projects: a 1160 MW power plant, a NASCAR track expansion, freeway construction, a USAF munitions facility, a bridge, casinos, a broad range of multi-family and commercial projects, loan deficiency claims, mechanic’s lien claims (including several multimillion-dollar lien-priority disputes), and Miller Act claims. Between 2010 and 2015, John was counsel to hundreds of condo unit owners in the In re: CityCenter Construction and Lien Master Litigation, which grew out of one of the largest private construction projects in the county’s history and is regarded as among the most complex construction-law cases in Nevada history.

John also has significant experience representing national and regional banks, including successfully invoking laws that protect successor banks that acquire assets on the secondary market following originating banks’ failures; enforcing debt instruments; prosecuting deficiency actions following foreclosure; and executing judgments to collect debt. John also regularly represents court-appointed receivers, including the sale of assets out of receivership.

His practice also includes representation of clients in complex civil litigation matters related to technology, including gaming technology, and debt enforcement. John also litigates tort issues, including defending and prosecuting business torts, as well as personal injury claims. His practice also encompasses transactional work, including contract drafting and review, advising corporate clients regarding franchise, distributorship, general corporate matters, warranty law, and representation before government agencies such as the Nevada State Contractors Board and the Las Vegas area real estate tax authority.

John was previously with Beckley Singleton, which partnered with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in 2007. While attending law school, he was a legal extern to the Honorable Norman H. Jackson, Utah Court of Appeals and the Honorable Anthony W. Schofield, Utah Fourth Judicial District. He was also an executive editor for the BYU Journal of Public Law.

Representative Matters

  • Branch Banking and Trust Co. v. Nevada Title Co., No. 2:10–CV–1970, 2011 WL 1399810 (D. Nev. April 13, 2011) (obtained dismissal of all claims against defendant Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company where plaintiff claimed breach of a title policy and tens of millions of dollars in damages).
  • CML-NV DC, LLC adv. NCS Construction, LLC, No. A-10-629874-C (Dist. Ct., Clark County, Nev. Dec. 6, 2011) (obtained declaratory relief recognizing equitable replacement mortgage, thus establishing that a lender’s $11.3 million trust deed had priority over a general contractor’s $1 million mechanics’ lien).
  • LNV Corp. v. Flangas (Dist. Ct., Clark County, Nev. Dec. 18, 2012) (obtained $1.9 million judgment against a loan guarantor).
  • LPP Mortgage, Ltd. adv. The Crossing at Purple Sage et al., No. A-12-656791-C (Dist. Ct., Clark County Nev. Sept. 24, 2013) (won summary judgment of lender-liability lawsuit for a national bank affiliate). 
  • Schreck et al. adv. Affinity Network, Inc., No. 60355, 2013 WL 7155071 (Nev. S. Ct. Oct. 31, 2013) (won appeal in the Nevada Supreme Court confirming clients’ motions to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction).
  • Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc. v. Capriati Constr. Corp., Inc., No. 2:13-cv-1683-GMN-NJK, 2015 WL 1959851 (D. Nev. April 29, 2015) (won judgment against contractor and bonding company in relation to a freeway expansion project).

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  • Presenter, “Construction Lien Law in Nevada,” Lorman Education Services, Reno, Nevada, August 2010

Related Publications

  • Comment, “The Rise and Fall of the ‘Check-the-Box’ Regime: A Solution to Recent Private Letter Rulings’ Troubling Use of the ‘De Facto Corporation’ Doctrine,” 107 Tax Notes Today 781, 2005
  • Authored the 2015 update of the chapter on construction defect statutes for the Nevada Civil Practice Manual.


  • Nevada Business Magazine - Legal Elite "Southern Nevada's Best", 2012 "Top 150", 2009, 2011 "Top 100" - Litigation, Real Estate and Construction Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - 2015 Top 100 List - Construction Litigation: Business, 2009-2015
  • John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service

Other Info


J.D., cum laude, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2005
B.A., magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, 2001

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 2005

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Nevadas Southern Disciplinary Board, Member