Michael McKelleb is the Managing Partner in the Las Vegas, Nevada office of McKelleb Carpenter Hazlewood and is admitted to practice in every state and federal court in Nevada. Michael’s practice includes specializing in representing common-interest communities and general business law. Michael represents common-interest communities as both litigation counsel and general counsel in transactional matters. He began his legal career litigating with a regional law firm, including significant practice before the federal bankruptcy court, but narrowed his focus to include common-interest community association law.
Michael approaches the law aggressively, regardless of whether he is providing legal counsel on association operations generally or litigating a case. In fact, Michael leverages his litigation practice to provide more effective general counsel to associations by staying abreast of recent trial court decisions. Moreover, Michael welcomes direct board contact when the client desires, and will always make time to meet with a board of directors that wants counsel present at a board meeting.
Michael recognizes the law can act as both a sword and a shield, but more often than not, its protections are beyond the reach of those who cannot afford representation in civil matters. Having seen the despair first-hand, Michael offers pro bono services to those who otherwise could not afford representation. Michael’s favorite cases to take from legal aid are guardianship cases, which are often needed so a grandparent can legally direct the health care and education of a grandchild because the parents are absent. Michael also volunteers for the landlord-tenant “Ask-A-Lawyer” program several times per year. Michael has been recognized by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Supreme Court for his volunteer service.
Michael is a member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the Nevada Association of Community Managers (NACM). Michael serves on CAI’s local Legislative Action Committee and Political Action Committee, as well as an appointed member of CAI’s national governing documents task force. Because Michael believes education is important for both community managers and board members alike, he regularly offers continuing education classes on relevant topics, many of which are approved for continuing education credit by the Office of the Ombudsman of Common-Interest Communities. Michael stays informed on topics of interest, and often writes articles on contemporary issues, such as the short-term rental dilemma.
Michael has a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he graduated cume laude. He is also the general counsel and affiliate member of the Las Vegas High Rise and Condominium Association and member of the Community Associations Institute.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his kids, especially sneaking in the occasional chess or video game with his youngest son whenever he can. Michael is an avid football fan, especially when Notre Dame, the Cowboys, or the Patriots are playing. More recently, Michael has taken interest in hockey, having a home-grown local team in the Vegas Golden Knights.