As a child, Johnathan Leavitt grew up in a family of lawyers, igniting his interest at an early age. His grandfather was the late Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Myron Leavitt. For Johnathan, personal injury law intrigued him the most in law school and he excelled in it. Ultimately helping an injured person pursue and hold a negligent tortfeasor accountable appealed to Johnathan and led to him finding his right-fit place in personal injury law.
For Johnathan, the opportunity of helping those in their greatest time of need, especially when all odds are against them, is the best part of practicing personal injury law. He enjoys being an integral part of their recovery journey, helping those who need medical treatment and fighting for the compensation and financial recovery they deserve. Johnathan genuinely enjoys taking a case to trial and telling his client’s story to a jury.
Johnathan knew he wanted to be a part of the biggest and best in Nevada, so when he interviewed with Richard Harris Law Firm, he instantly knew he was in the place he was meant to work. The reputation, dedication to clients, and the firm culture were a perfect fit.
Johnathan earned his undergraduate degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed his Juris Doctorate from University of Idaho College of Law. He is now a member of the Nevada Justice Association, taking part in significant legislative advocacy and lobbying for Plaintiff’s rights. Johnathan was also a recipient of Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Mountain States) nominations in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
A specific experience that stands out to Johnathan from his career is from a recent victory, achieved for a client after a week-long jury trial. The client was involved in what may have seemed like a low-impact rear end collision to others back in 2015. At the time of the accident, she was 65 and was genuinely injured as a result, yet only received a modest amount of medical treatment to return back to normal. The insurance company representing the negligent defendant refused to pay for her medical treatment. Johnathan took her case to trial and told her story to a jury, resulting in a judgment for 65 times the amount that the insurance company had offered to pay. The heartfelt gratitude that his client expressed to him sticks with him today.
Johnathan likes to live-by two mottos: Never let someone else outwork you; always be the hardest working person in the room and you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Remembering these two things has allowed Johnathan to be someone his clients can confide in, but also be aggressive in the courtroom, while cordial and respectful.
Outside of the office, Johnathan loves to travel and see the world with his family. He enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, and watching MMA. We are proud to have Johnathan as part of our team and can’t wait to see his continued success in fighting for the help and compensation his clients deserve!