Jason Frierson, Attorney
A first generation attorney, I went to college and law school with the hope that I would be able to help people get the best outcome for themselves and their families. I had always been passionate about helping people and after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, I was able to further that work when I joined the charter class at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in 1998.
After clerking at the Nevada Supreme Court for the Honorable Myron E. Leavitt, I began practicing as a civil attorney at a small law firm in Las Vegas. A year later, I became a Deputy Attorney General where I worked to protect victims of white-collar crime as a prosecutor for three years. To broaden my experience and continue fighting for individuals, I then worked as a Chief Deputy Public Defender and enjoyed litigating in court for seven years. During that time, I defended the rights of individuals in numerous jury trials to ensure that they were treated fairly in the judicial system. For the subsequent 2 years, I worked as a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Child Welfare Division representing the Department of Family Services in the protection of abused and neglected children.
Throughout my years working as an attorney, I recognized the importance of life balance and remained involved in the community by working as a football official with local high school and youth football programs. I also recognized that my personal and professional experiences provided me with a unique perspective in the development of policies impacting families in Nevada.
In 2010, I was elected to the seat of Assemblyman for District 8 in the Nevada Legislature. I served during the 2011 legislative session as a member of the Assembly Committees on Judiciary and Health and Human Services. I also served as Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation. I was able to pass Nevada’s Foster Child Bill of Rights, as well as measures to protect citizens from wrongful evictions and improper service of process in the foreclosure process. I was voted the best freshman Assemblyman of the 2011 legislative session in a Las Vegas Review-Journal poll of lawmakers, reporters and lobbyists.
In 2013 after being re-elected, I chaired the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and also served as the Assistant Majority Leader for the Assembly. Amongst other things, I advanced measures to further address Nevada’s foreclosure crisis. I was able to continue working towards the protection of children in the foster care system as well as in schools. My experience in the Legislature is what exposed me to Surratt Law Practice. Together, we were able to take steps to modernize family law in Nevada to make sure our court system kept up with the times.
My background as a civil practitioner, defense attorney and prosecutor have equipped me with the tools to aggressively advocate for my clients when negotiating is not an option. Simply put, I love fighting in court. However, I recognize that court is not always the best place to resolve matters, particularly family matters. Toward that end, my background has allowed me to recognize the value of negotiating for the best possible outcome in a diligent, but compassionate way.