Richard A. Wright

Las Vegas, Nevada

Well-informed Nevadans in and out of the legal profession consider Mr. Wright this State’s preeminent criminal defense lawyer.  And that has been the case for many years now.

This high regard is demonstrated time and again by the most convincing action.  When faced with actual or even potential involvement with the criminal justice system – whether as a witness, a possible target, or a defendant – prominent Nevadans in government service, in law enforcement, in the gaming industry, and in a wide range of other sectors retain Mr. Wright to represent them.  The reason is simple.  His stature and reputation in the eyes of the federal law enforcement community, state prosecutors, and the criminal defense bar is unsurpassed.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Gaming Law

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1972
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1972
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1972
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, Southern California Law Review
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
    • B.S. – 1969
    • Phi Kappa Phi
  • New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico
    • A.A. – 1967

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional and Civic Associations

  • Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Board Member, 1990 – present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Nevada American Inns of Court (Master)
  • Nevada Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Past Professional Positions

  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of Nevada, 1973 - 1978
  • Judge Roger D. Foley, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, law clerk, 1972 – 1973