Malani L. Kotchka


Work: (702) 834-8777
Work: (702) 834-7445
Cell: (702) 467-2068
Fax: (702) 834-5262


I am an experienced labor and employment lawyer who has spent more than 35 years representing employers. I enjoy litigating minimum wage and overtime wage cases where modern workplaces try to apply laws which were originally enacted during the New Deal.


While with Hejmanowski & McCrea LLC, I have advised or litigated on behalf of employer’s covenants not to compete, wage and hour matters, employment discrimination cases, a prevailing wage case before the Nevada Labor Commissioner and an unfair labor practice case before the National Labor Relations Board. I have also served as Pro Bono counsel before the Nevada Supreme Court on behalf of a client seeking unemployment compensation.

In addition to federal and state courts, I have litigated matters before the National Labor Relations Board, the Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board, the Nevada OSHA Review Board and worker’s compensation matters before Nevada Hearing Officers and Appeals Officers.

In wage and hour matters, I have represented a cigar company, companies who provide cable installation and a taxi cab company.

For many years, I have represented self-insured employers in worker’s compensation hearings and recently represented a construction company and a coal servicing company in worker’s compensations hearings. I have also represented the Nevada Self-Insurers Association for more than 25 years.

I have represented public employers in proceedings before the Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board and in Title VII and Americans With Disabilities Act litigation.

I have handled in excess of 25 arbitration hearings before arbitrators appointed pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.

In 2015, I was involved in litigation concerning covenants not to compete in state court, minimum wage litigation in state court, employment discrimination in federal court, writ petition briefs before the Nevada Supreme Court and an appellate brief before the United States Supreme Court.

In the past year I successfully defended EEOC/NERC charges and a Fair Labor Standards Act claim brought up by the U.S. Department of Labor and fought state minimum wage litigation up to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Honors and Recognitions

I am a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a professional association of litigation lawyers. Since 2007 I have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Nevada Super Lawyers and Mountain State Super Lawyers for labor and employment law. For 2016, I have been listed in Best Lawyers for Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor and Employment, and Workers Compensation Law-Employers. I was selected to the top 40 or 50 women attorneys in theMountain State Super Lawyers for multiple years. I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. I have received special recognition for my Pro Bono work before the Nevada Supreme Court.


I earned a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1974, where I graduated summa cum laude. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wright State University in 1974, where I graduated summa cum laude. I attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where I received my J.D. in 1977. I was also a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Court Admissions

My court admissions include the State Bar of Arizona, the Court of Appeals of the Navajo Nation, the State Bar of Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


I love to travel and enjoy putting together 1,000-piece and 1,500-piece puzzles.

Personal Details

I was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to a husband, I have two sons and a daughter (who is also a lawyer). I currently have two grandsons.