At the law firm of seasoned Reno DUI lawyer Richard P. Davies, we help good people through hard times. From traffic violations and DUI cases to drug charges and personal injury claims, we help our clients overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Our firm serves clients across Nevada, from Reno to Las Vegas. We believe everyone should have access to competent legal representation, so we work with clients on flexible payment plans to ensure that those who need help can get it.
More About Richard P. Davies
Richard earned his B.A. in 1992 from Loyola Marymount University and his Juris Doctor in 2004 from Lewis and Clark Law School. While in law school, he volunteered his time at Catholic Charities Immigration clinic and interned at the Metropolitan Public Defenders Office in Portland, Oregon.
With over fifteen years of experience in criminal law, Richard has represented clients in cases ranging from traffic violations, to car accidents, to capital murder. He has extensive trial and courtroom experience, and, in 2007, attended the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia for an intensive two-week training program designed specifically for trial work.
Prior to starting his own firm, Richard worked as a Washoe County Public Defender for four years and for Laub and Laub, a private law firm based out of Reno, Nevada, for five. During his time with Laub and Laub, he worked in criminal law, family law, personal injury, and immigration.
When you hire Reno DUI lawyer Richard P. Davies, he’s in the trenches with you. You won’t have to wait for days for a return phone call or navigate your legal troubles alone. He doesn’t just guide you through the process, he goes through it with you. You can rest easy, knowing that you have a smart, passionate, and experienced Reno DUI lawyer fighting for you.
Richard P. Davies Law Legal Team
Moria E. Desmarais, Esq.
Attorney & Counselor at Law
State of Nevada Bar No. 14861
Moria Desmarais is a senior associate at the Law Office of Richard P. Davies, Esq., having first joined the practice in 2015 as a legal intern. Her practice areas include criminal and family law matters.
In May 2018, Moria graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where she was recognized as a Wildman Schumacher Scholar and Dean Merit Scholar. Her studies focused on complex criminal litigation and practical applications of family law. She also participated in numerous extracurricular activities, which included a term as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and two terms on the board of Southwestern’s LGBTQ+ resource group, OUTLaw. During her summer semesters, Moria worked at the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office as a summer extern. she representing clients at the Justice Court and District Court levels. She assisted counsel with a variety of hearings, including: arraignments, sentencings, probation revocation hearings, and jury trials. Her caseload ranged from low level felonies to murder charges.
After graduation, Moria became licensed in the State of Nevada, passing the July 2018 Bar Exam on her first attempt. She then went on to clerk for the Honorable Barry L. Breslow, presiding judge in Department Eight of the Second Judicial District Court. There, she handled primarily complex civil litigation, working with Judge Breslow on rendering decisions and drafting the Court’s orders. Her most notable work involved Johnson et al v. The City of Reno, also known as “The Lemmon Valley Flood Case,” and The State of Nevada v. Victor Montelongo, where the State of Nevada sought the death penalty.
In private practice, Moria has handled cases at the Municipal, Justice, and District Court levels, involving matters from Churchill, Lyon, and Washoe Counties. Her recent assignments include criminal matters, general family law matters, e.g., parental custody disputes and divorce, as well as custody disputes with Child Protective Services (CPS). Moria is also a current member of the Nevada State Bar, Washoe County Bar Association, and the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association.
Moria is also recognized as a 2020 Lawyer of Distinction.
If you are looking for a professional, detail-oriented attorney to represent you, then contact our office for a free consultation with Moria.