Moria Desmarais is a Senior Associate at The Law Office of Richard P. Davies, Esq. after first joining the practice in 2015 as a legal intern. Her practice focuses mainly in criminal law, juvenile criminal law, and NRS 432b (Department of Children and Family Services) matters.
In May 2018, Moria graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where she was recognized as a Wildman Schumacher Scholar and as a 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. During her summer semesters, Moria worked at the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office as a summer extern, working with clients at the Justice Court and District Court levels.
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.
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 ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder. Before turning twenty-eight, Moria’s career included working directly on four capital murder cases. Recently, Moria received recognition by the Lawyers of Distinction for excellence in criminal law for the 2020 and 2021 years.