Michael B. Wixom


Smith Larsen & Wixom
1935 Village Center Circle
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
United States

Tel: (702) 252-5002

Email: mbw@slwlaw.com
Web: www.slwlaw.com

Mr. Wixom’s practice specializes in asset based lending, banking, finance, and commercial real estate lending and transactions. He has extensive experience extending over thirty-five years, handling numerous transactions.  Mr. Wixom and his firm also has extensive litigation experience in banking, collections, and commercial law.

In addition to his banking, corporate and commercial law practice, Mr. Wixom served as a member of the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education, over 11 years, where he served as both the Chairman and Vice Chairman, and numerous committees involving finance, property and technology. As a member of the Board of Regents, he was responsible for all of Nevada’s public higher education, including five community colleges, two universities, and a research institute. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Springs Preserve, and the Desert Chorale.

In June of this year, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed Mr. Wixom to serve as a member of the Nevada State Board of Bar Examiners. The Nevada State Board of Bar Examiners writes and grades the Nevada bar examination questions, oversees the administration of the semi-annual bar examinations, and works closely with the Nevada Supreme Court and the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Nevada in formulating rules and procedures for admission to the State Bar of Nevada.

Mr. Wixom has been recognized for excellence in his professional endeavors by numerous organizations, including Super Lawyers, the Nevada Business Magazine. Moreover, since 1996, his peers have rated him as AV Preeminent, the highest rating available in the Martindale-Hubbell directory of legal counsel.

Smith Larsen & Wixom, Chartered is a general practice law firm dedicated to serving clients for more than two decades in all major areas of civil litigation and commercial transactions. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, we are skilled at presenting your case in state and federal courts as well as in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, such as arbitration and mediation. We are also experienced in structuring transactions and advising businesses so they can function efficiently without being overwhelmed by the complexities of the legal process. Our team approach formulates and implements cost-effective solutions to your legal problems.
In the United States, banks must be organized under strict requirements by either the federal or a state government. Banks receive funds for loans from the Federal Reserve System provided they meet safe standards of operation and have sufficient financial reserves. Bank accounts are insured up to certain limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Litigation frequently arises from allegations that a bank has not complied with these requirements, standards and limits.

Many lawsuits arise out of commercial lending, financing and leasing transactions. Others arise out of consumer lending and mortgage practices. Sometimes, duties are imposed on lenders. Whether you are a banker or a lender, Smith Larsen & Wixom is proficient in handling all such lawsuits and defending against claims of lender liability.

Business begins with contracts. When your business enters into a relationship with a supplier or a customer, or when you are making, securing or guaranteeing a loan, you need to understand the full scope of your duties and obligations, as well as your rights and remedies. Contracts spell out those rights and duties. Some of the terms of your contracts may be written. Others may be verbal. Still others may be implied by law. Negotiating a commercial or business transaction, investment, or loan, has been described as a battle of the forms. You may feel comfortable using forms that you have used before, but the other parties may have their own forms. Often, the parties modify forms or combine parts of each party’s forms. You also need to consider government regulations that may apply to the transaction and conduct your due diligence before making a purchase, investment or loan. Smith Larsen & Wixom has helped many negotiate the pitfalls and minefields of complex commercial transactions. Whether you are a seller, buyer, investor or lender, we can advise you and help draft contracts that will accomplish your goals.