Authors

Josh Hicks

Prior to joining the firm, Josh served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nevada. Before his time as Chief of Staff, he served as General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of Nevada. He served in the Office of the Governor through two regular sessions and three special sessions of the Nevada Legislature, including the 2009 regular session where the Governor and Legislature confronted one of the most severe economic downturns ever experienced in Nevada.

During his time in the Governor’s Office, Josh worked closely with legislators on bills impacting every area of Nevada law, including energy regulation, renewable energy incentives, taxation, water and natural resources, telecommunications, transportation, financial regulation, stimulus funds, gaming, healthcare, elections, wildlife, and fire prevention at Lake Tahoe. Josh also worked on all matters regarding the state budget, including appropriations and expenditures. Josh helped develop the tax amnesty program utilized by the State of Nevada in 2008 which brought in more than $40 million in unpaid taxes, helping with the budget crisis while also providing Nevada taxpayers with relief from penalties and interest on outstanding tax debt. Josh also served as the Governor’s primary liaison with federal, state and local government agencies and with business and industry representatives.

Josh has testified on numerous occasions in front of various legislative committees, including Senate Finance, Assembly Ways and Means and the Interim Finance Committee. Josh has drafted and revised legislation and administrative regulations.

Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Josh served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Josh represented the Nevada Department of Taxation, Nevada Tax Commission and the Nevada Secretary of State.

Josh has argued cases in front of various Nevada District Courts, the Nevada Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Josh was lead counsel on several published cases and numerous unpublished cases. Published cases include:

  • Malecon Tobacco v. Department of Taxation, 118 Nev. 837 (2002)
  • Meridian Gold v. Department of Taxation, 119 Nev. 630 (2003)
  • Department of Taxation v. DaimlerChrysler, 121 Nev. 541 (2005)
  • Herbst Gaming v. Heller, 122 Nev. 877 (2006)
  • Nevadans for the Protection of Property Rights v. Heller, 122 Nev. 894 (2006)
  • Nevadans for Nevada v. Beers, 122 Nev. 930 (2006)

Prior to his service with the Nevada Attorney General, Josh was a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Agosti of the Nevada Supreme Court and the Honorable Robert A. McQuaid, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

In addition to his practice in government relations and Nevada tax law, Josh also practices in all aspects of administrative law as well as campaign and election law. Josh is a third-generation Nevadan.

Alisa Nave-Worth

alisaWith extensive legal, political and public policy experience, Alisa has built a robust government affairs practice focused on implementing and advocating legislative strategies before state agencies for a wide range of corporate clients in Nevada.

Alisa has served as the Executive Director of the Nevada Senate Democrats where she developed and executed the communications and political strategy for all Senate Caucus Members. She was also the Southern Nevada Political Director for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Nevada Presidential Caucus, where she was directly responsible for building extensive grassroots coalitions as well as a vast political network throughout the state.

After obtaining her law degree, Alisa clerked for the Honorable Philip Pro of the United States District Court, District of Nevada, then Chief Judge of the Court. Following her clerkship, Alisa was an associate at the law firm of Lionel, Sawyer & Collins LLP in Las Vegas.

A Nevada native, Alisa is a dedicated community philanthropist. Her service in Southern Nevada includes board positions with Clinics in Schools, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Smith Center for Performing Arts. Alisa also serves as a member of the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law Alumni Advisory Board and as a member of the board of The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.