Bret F. Meich

Bret F. Meich


Bret F. Meich


Bret Meich counsels clients to successful outcomes by utilizing his business and government background. Concentrating on complex commercial litigation, he provides strategies and tactics that effectively resolve disputes.

Clients turn to Bret for his professional, high-quality advocacy in all aspects of litigation, from inception to trial to post-trial appellate work. He has litigated contract, construction, employment, telecommunications, intellectual property, and real estate disputes on behalf of a wide range of clients.

At the federal, state, and local levels, Bret actively addresses legislative and regulatory matters and counsels local governments on municipal law.

Prior to joining Downey Brand, Bret practiced at the Reno office of a large international law firm for six years. He also drafted bills and amendments while working for the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, Legal Division during the 2007 Session, and he was on legislative staff in the United States Senate.


  • Obtained multimillion dollar summary adjudication ruling in favor of technology and patent licensor in contract dispute.
  • Obtained multimillion dollar judgment on behalf of gaming machine manufacturer in contract dispute.
  • Drafted successful opposition to a bid protest on a $78 million SNWA contract on behalf of contractor.
  • Obtained appointment of receiver to manage chemical company on behalf of creditor.
  • Defended large Nevada utility in a real property lawsuit involving zoning and rights-of-way.
  • Represented intellectual property licensor to successful outcome in patent-related litigation.
  • Provided government affairs and pre-litigation counsel to foundation with significant railroad interests.
  • Acted as the Town Attorney to a community of 38,000 people for more than six years.
  • Successfully defended gaming machine manufacturer in a patent and trade secret lawsuit.
  • Successfully defended telecommunications firm in a lawsuit regarding use of technology at prison facilities.
  • Counseled regulated entity in legal and government affairs matters regarding Nevada market entry.
  • Acted as lead negotiator for municipality during successful collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Counseled various clients in effective state legislative strategies.
  • Represented municipality as formal commenter before the PUCN in water/wastewater rate matter.
  • Defended municipality with respect to labor and employment litigation.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of California
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Rotary International District 5190, Assistant Governor
  • Rotary Club of Reno Midtown, Past President and Current Member
  • Rotary International District 5190, Past Extension Committee Chair
  • Rotary Leadership Institute, Rotary International District 5190, Past Instructor
  • Share Our Success Committee, Rotary International District 5190, Past Member
  • Rotary International District 5190, Membership Committee, Past Member
  • Reno Catholic Professionals & Business Group
  • Nevada Discovery Museum, Development Committee
  • St. Thomas More Society of Nevada
  • Georgetown Club of Las Vegas
  • Law Day Red Mass Committee, Diocese of Reno, Past Chair and Current Member
  • American Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter, Past Associate
  • William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni Association, Past Board Member
  • Procter R. Hug High School ASCENT Program, Past Mentor

Honors And Rankings

  • Nevada Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2013, 2016-2018
  • Nevada Business Magazine, Best Up and Coming, 2018
  • Law Review Member, Nevada Law Journal, 2006-2008
  • Research Assistant to professors Ann McGinley and Tuan Samahon, 2006-2008
  • Achieved the highest grade in several law school classes, including Public Lands & Natural Resources, Gaming Policy Law, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and Water Law. 
  • Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable Brian E. Sandoval, formerly of the United States District Court, District of Nevada, 2006
  • Interlink Capital Strategies International Business Award

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