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Frank LaForge


5441 Kietzke Lane, Suite 200, Reno, NV 89511

Frank LaForge represents a variety of businesses and employers in financing and default disputes, appeals, and OSHA matters.

His practice focuses on appellate matters, real property litigation, defense of online retailers, and complex commercial cases. He has represented clients before the Ninth Circuit, federal district courts, administrative panels, and Nevada and California state courts. Frank also has experience in class-action defense.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Frank practiced at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin P.C. (now Arnold & Porter) in San Francisco.

Client Results

  • Won a seminal decision from the Nevada Supreme Court reversing the district court, holding creditors can obtain deficiency judgments against debtors and guarantors under NRS 40.455(1) based on out-of-state non-judicial foreclosures.

  • Successfully defended a bank before the Nevada Supreme Court which upheld the dismissal of a $60 million breach-of-contract claim before the Nevada Supreme Court.

  • Drafted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of major banks in cases concerning key issues affecting creditors before the Nevada Supreme Court.

  • Successfully represented a major online retailer in a dispute concerning the retailer’s email advertising practice before a California Court of Appeal.

  • Represented the parents of an autistic child in a dispute concerning the child’s eligibility for special education in an appeal before the Ninth Circuit and prevailed on 7 of 8 issues. (Argued and drafted all briefs.)

  • Currently representing a major corporation in an appeal concerning the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in the Ninth Circuit.

  • Currently representing a national bank in a half dozen cases pending before the Ninth Circuit arising from deficiency cases in Nevada.

  • Successfully represented a national employer by defeating a fall-protection citation concerning rolling stock before the Nevada OSHA Review Board in a case with national implications.

  • Defeated two whistleblower claims from former employees and reduced related citations for a mid-sized Reno employer.

  • Represents Nevada-based employers who have received citations for workplace safety issues.

Banking and Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained a landmark federal court decision declaring the “consideration paid” portion of Nevada’s deficiency law, NRS 40.459(1)(c) , violates the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution in the context of loan agreements executed before the statute’s enactment. 

  • Won asylum for a Tibetan monk in U.S. Immigration Court in a lengthy pro bono representation spanning two years and several evidentiary hearings.

  • Won an $8 million judgment after a multiday bench trial in Nevada state court on behalf of a major bank in a four-year-long deficiency case.

  • Obtained dismissal of an insider trading suit against the directors and officers of a large internet retailer in California state court.

  • Prevailed on behalf of a national bank in a $60 million breach of contract suit in Nevada state court and obtained affirmance on appeal.

  • Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal on behalf of an online retailer in California state court concerning anti-SPAM claims.

  • Successfully defended a national retailer and secured dismissal with prejudice on the pleadings of a multi-million dollar tort suit brought by a former employee in state court, affirmed on appeal in California state court.

  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for one of the nation’s largest wine conglomerates in a trademark matter in California federal court. The matter settled on favorable terms.

  • Obtained dismissal of a $3.2 million suit against one of the world’s largest banks in a dispute with another bank over the subordination of a third party’s collateral in California federal court.

Defense of Online Retailers
  • Won summary judgment and affirmance on appeal on behalf of a national cosmetic company in California court against claims brought under California’s anti-SPAM law.

  • Represents and counsels several businesses with an online presence against demands made under California’s anti-SPAM law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. 


Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Nevada Real Property Law Section, Member
  • Nevada Bankers Association, Member
  • Classical Tahoe, Board of Directors, 2015-present

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