Our Team

Scott Canepa

A fourth generation Nevadan, Scott graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1989, and received his law degree with honors in 1991 from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

A pioneer in the fight for consumer rights in Nevada, Scott has represented Nevada homeowners and community associations in construction defect and class action cases since 1994.  In 1995, he participated in the creation  of Nevadas first construction defect statute.  This statute gives Nevada homeowners the right to receive full compensation for faulty construction.  He has worked extensively as an unpaid lobbyist in the Nevada State Legislature on consumer rights issues since 1995.  Scott has been appointed by State and Federal Courts as lead trial counsel in many high profile consumer class action cases in Nevada, California and the United States.

Among notable professional achievements, he was chosen 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, the youngest attorney to ever receive the Association’s most prestigious award. He also obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded to a Nevada community association for construction defects. Under his leadership the firm has recovered  more than $1 Billion on behalf of consumers in Nevada and the United States.

Significant appellate decisions successfully argued by Scott include D.R. Horton, Inc. v. Green, et al.,120 Nev. 549, 96 P.3d 1159 (arbitration clause which deprives owner of NRS 40.600 rights substantially and procedurally unconscionable); ANSE, Inc. v. Eighth Judicial District Court, et al., 192 P.3d 738 (subsequent purchasers enjoy NRS 40.600 rights and entitlements); Beazer Homes Nevada, Inc. v. Eighth Judicial District Court, et al., 120 Nev. 575, 97 P.3d 1132 (dissolution statute doesn’t bar later discovered defects).

Scott is admitted to practice in Nevada and California and numerous federal district courts throughout the United States.

Terry Riedy

Terry Riedy is a partner in the firm Canepa Riedy Abele. Mr. Riedy is a well-regarded, AV rated attorney who has been practicing law for 25 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry, a law degree and masters in international studies — with a specialty in science and technology policy. He practices exclusively on behalf of consumers who often find themselves pitted against well-heeled special interests. He and his firm enjoy an exemplary professional reputation and have enjoyed considerable success because of their intelligent, nimble, reasonable, ethical and creative approach to problem solving.

Mr. Riedy believes in a moderate balance of family, work and fun. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids (while they are still at home), staying fit, getting outdoors, enjoying and supporting the arts, cooking and drinking good wine and beer.

Bryan T. Abele

Bryan T. Abele is a Martindale-Hubble AV rated attorney.  He graduated from Arizona State University in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and obtained his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 2000, graduating in the top 15% of his class. While in law school, Mr. Abele received the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts II.

Since 2000, Mr. Abele has been active in prosecuting construction defect, product liability, personal injury and consumer protection cases with the firm, including class actions. He is licensed to practice law in the States of Nevada and Florida.

Before going to law school, Mr. Abele worked for two Arizona Governors.  He also completed internships with U.S. Senator John McCain and Congressman John Shadegg.

Kristie Fischer

Kristie Fischer received her Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2009. During law school, Ms. Fischer competed on a national level as a member of the Society of Advocates moot court team. She received a CALI award in Lawyering Process II (Persuasive Legal Writing) and graduated in the top 15% of her class.

Ms. Fischer is licensed to practice before all State and Federal Court in Nevada. She has litigated hundreds of civil matters, represented clients in mediation, arbitration, and in all stages of the legal process including appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. She has a proven track record at trial, and in 2014 obtained a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of a client whose husband was killed by an intoxicated driver.

In addition to representing clients in the adversarial process of litigation, Ms. Fischer has successfully negotiated, drafted, and closed a wide array of transactions ranging from multi-million dollar stock pledge agreements to simple purchase and sale contracts. She has drafted commercial lease agreements, consulting contracts, dissolution agreements, joint venture agreements, operating agreements, personal services contracts, security agreements, and many more.

Ms. Fischer served as a contributing author to the Nevada Pattern Jury Instructions Chapter 15: Commercial Torts Instruction (2011), and the Nevada Civil Practice Manual Chapter 6: Defaults and Default Judgments (pending).

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